Jesse Palmer hosts and Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale judge Food Network's Spring Baking Championship.

The popular Spring Baking Championship will return with back-to-back new episodes beginning on Sunday, March 12th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Former NFL player and current ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer will host, welcoming nine of the country’s best bakers as they compete to create the most impressive springtime desserts for judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale.

The bakers’ skills and techniques will be tested in themed challenges celebrating spring, from Easter confections to derby desserts, and from morsels for mom to patriotic goodies. Only one baker will rise to the top to take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Spring Baking Champion.

“Creative challenges and bountiful baked goods fill the new season of Spring Baking Championship. Plus, host Jesse Palmer adds to all the new freshly-baked fun of the competition,” says Didi O’Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

In each of the seven hour-long episodes, the bakers must whip through two rounds of challenges and sift through surprising twists along the way. The baker with the tastiest treat in the pre-heat will earn a special advantage in the main-heat. The season culminates on Sunday, April 9th with new episodes starting at 9pm, followed by the grand finale at 10pm ET/PT.

Fans can learn more about the bakers and relive the sweetest moments of the competition at You can join the conversation on social media using #SpringBakingChampionship.