Best cupcakes in San Francisco? Judging by volume, Cako leads the pack. Its network of seven locations in the Bay Area paints four-star restaurant quality into colorful edible artistry in the form of Banana Toffee, Strawberry Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Snickers, and so many other flavors.
There's nothing Soleil Cakes' Ana Mendoza hasn't been able to bake. Her customized baked creations include cakes and cupcakes with flavors like pumpkin spice and tres leches. Customers love choosing a cake shape — football, purse or zoo animal, the options are endless.
Owner of Red's Cupcakes Robyn Redmon brought her unique baking style -- which she calls "causal glam" -- to the Cupcake Wars competition. The online bakery features a unique menu of fun flavors such as Strawberry Lemonade, Swedish Fish and Caramel Apple, as well as cupcake classics like Red Velvet.
Daryl Manese and Melissa Sacchetto have been baking happily ever after since becoming best friends in college and competing on Cupcake Wars. They continue to bake their signature Apple Pie cupcakes for vegan and gluten free eaters wanting a fairy-tale ending.
At Sugar Kneads Cakery in Loganville, Ga., the husband and wife team of Tara and Brad Tomlinson serves up far more than just typical cupcake fare — flavors include Coke Float, Banana Split and even Grape Soda. Tara's penchant to think outside the box made her perfect for Cupcake Wars.
NYC Cupcake Crew hits the streets of New York with little bombshells of cupcake goodness. Cupcakes take a life of their own with over-the-top flavors like the Brooklyn Blackout made with a chocolate pudding filling or the blueberry-studded lemon cupcake appropriately named Starry Night.
For those in Nyack, N.Y., Tasty Trends Cakes & Catering has your dessert needs covered. They'll work with you to create the perfect flavor and design for your next catered occasion. Get in touch online to choose from a wide variety of cakes and cupcakes, including the "Moist and Loaded" carrot cake.
Whether for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or just because you want to eat cake, the pretty and casual creations of Lila & Sage have got your back. The highlight of its new Cupcake Shop is the whoopie pie - a sandwiched mash-up of one part frosting, two parts cake and three parts silly good fun.
This bakery brings the sweet taste of the South straight to California with dessert classics like Peach Cobbler and Sweet Potato Pie. Red Velvet cupcakes are this spot’s specialty, but the innovative cakes customized by owner Karolyn Plummer and cake artist Jasmine Frank are also irresistible.
For a gift that's unique and edible, look no further than Wah-Wah's Cakes. As seen on Cupcake Wars, this Harlem cake shop in New York takes orders for its whimsical cupcake bouquets and special occasion cakes. The Wah-Wah name (pronounced whoa whoa) is a tribute to owner Khadijah Frederick's mom.
Three sisters (Mae, Melissa and Mallory) make up this very sweet, very vegan bakeshop. Together they continued vegan domination on Cupcake Wars. Meanwhile, customers devour the top-selling double chocolate cupcake. Or for a fruity fusion, try the mango or pina colada.
At Cakes Come True Bakery in Chino, Calif., owner and Cupcake Wars recruit Kinnie Haskins infuses her cupcakes with flavors based on Southern recipes she learned as a child, such as Spiced Carrot and Momma's Cornbread. Locals also love classic treats like Red Velvet and Triple Chocolate.
At East End Cupcakes in Portland, Maine, the best cupcakes come from quality ingredients that speak for themselves. East End serves up the classics, but it also plays with unusual ingredients like bacon and lavender in its cakes, and honey and avocado in its Italian and American buttercreams.
Named after New York City's famed 21 Club, this cupcake shop takes a classic approach to its "grownup edge" cupcakes. On Cupcake Wars, 21 Cakes impressed the judges with its ooey-gooey chocolate cake. But back home, locals have fallen in love with the salted caramel Parisian macarons.