Premieres Thursday, Jan. 29
When the sun sets, the ultimate underground cake competition begins on new series "Duff Till Dawn," premiering at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, on Food Network. Host Duff Goldman's bakery becomes a battleground after hours for two talented teams of cake decorators, as their skills and creativity are tested with challenges and twists to create the most outstanding and over-the-top cakes.
Competitors must amaze rotating judges Haylie Duff ("Real Girl's Kitchen"), Elena Fox ("Ace of Cakes"), Carrie Keagan (television personality), Geof Manthorne ("Ace of Cakes"), Catherine McCord ("Guy's Grocery Games"), Alysia Reiner (actress), Kelis Rogers (musician and host of "Holiday Feast with Kelis"), Aarti Sequeiria ("Aarti Party"), Kevin Smith (writer/director) and Sherry Yard ("Cutthroat Kitchen") with the boldest, tastiest and most impressive cakes for the chance to win bragging rights and the coveted golden whisk.
The competition is anything but sweet in this six-episode series. In each episode, two new teams must outdo the competition with special talents and original cake creations before sunrise, when only one will be crowned the winner.
It is complete monster mayhem in one challenge, as the bakers race to make their creations come to life. In another episode, one team will sink and the other will swim, as they create dream ships out of cake. Is it all smooth sailing, or are the teams headed for troubled waters?
It's blast off into outer space in another challenge, where the teams must aim for the stars with gravity-defying confections. In another enchanting episode, the decorators delve into the land of make-believe as they are challenged to make magical fairy cakes. It is a castle clash in another challenge, where the bakers must joust for the golden whisk. Which team's medieval manor will take the cake in this gauntlet?
Throughout the season, fans can meet the bold pro-bakers, see photos of their fierce cake creations, and much more at FoodNetwork.com/DuffTillDawn. Fans also can tweet about the overnight battle using the hashtag #DuffTillDawn.