Bake My Day Episode 1: The Ultimate Brownie Showdown

The Bakers:  Jeremy Hales and Amber Tacy

The Judge: Marissa Graham

The Challenge: Ultimate Brownie Showdown


The first ever Bake My Day was sweet, chocolatey, and even a bit nutty as Jeremy Hales and Amber Tacy battled head to head to see who could bake Marissa’s day.  The challenge was gripping from the start, as the bakers surprisingly used the exact same recipe. What are the odds?!  

However, their approaches were wildly different.

Amber followed the recipe to perfection and demonstrated solid baking technique. She was sure to heat the butter up to the perfect temperature so that it would whisk well with the sugar, she mixed the batter with swooping motions without overdoing it, and used a round pan to achieve a beautifully crispy outside while maintaining a soft gooey inside.  However, she faced a bit of drama by running out of sugar, and had to supplement it with Splenda. 

Jeremy’s approach was more, shall we say, free spirited. He eye balled the oil, poured in extra sugar, and even added a third egg.  Like Amber, Jeremy also emphasized getting the butter to the right temperature, and added the extra tip of cutting it into smaller pads to let it aerate. 

Would Jeremy’s loose interpretation of the recipe pay off? Or would Amber’s “get ‘em with technique” reign supreme?

Let’s ask Marissa!

Upon receiving the two mystery packages labeled Baker A and Baker B, she dug in. While she loved the triangle shape and beautiful aroma wafting out of Amber’s brownies, her taste buds were wildly tantalized by the overload of chocolate and gooey texture of Jeremy’s.

So who ultimately baked Marissa’s day? 


Stay tuned for next time!

Here are the ingredients, but check out Cafe Delights: Best Fudgy. Cocoa Brownies for the full recipe!!!!

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and hot
  • 1 tbs cooking oil
  • 1 1/8 cup of sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsps of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

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