Rumor has it that Utah's One Sweet Slice can make just about anything. In addition to a lineup of brownies, French macarons and cake pops, its custom cake and cupcake creations are downright works of art. Intricate floral tiers, witty shapes and everything in between are delicious possibilities.
For Cupcake Wars veteran Bianca Blanco, making cupcakes 100% her way meant making them 100% vegan. Bianca, also a professional dancer, sells her cupcakes online with flavors as creative as her moves. Think French Toast with a touch of orange zest or La Vie en Rose made with rose water buttercream.
On Cupcake Wars, judges couldn’t resist Heather Rousseau's cupcake packed with an addictive lemon-lime filling. You could say that winning Cupcake Wars gave Heather a sugar high. If you step inside her Michigan custom cupcake bakery (or SugarRush candy shop), you might get one too.
Auntie Em's Kitchen is a tiny Los Angeles bakery and cafe with an electric personality. Owner Terri Wahl's thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies have given Duff Goldman a sugar rush. Not stopping there, her signature cupcakes have landed Terri in the middle of a Throwdown and even Cupcake Wars.
Krista Lopez rigged up her first stand mixer at age 7! After years learning how to master family heirloom recipes, she dove into business with an online store. Word spread fast of her Chardonnay Ricotta Almond Raspberry cupcakes, turning Sugar From The Heart's storefront from dream to reality.
Since appearing on Cupcake Wars, Kim Thurman and the team at Bake You Happy have opened two storefronts, in Valencia and Canyon County, Calif. Along with classics like Double Vanilla, customers can also get a Cupcake in a Jar - two cupcakes layered together in a Mason jar - for a twist.
Market Restaurant in Los Angeles is known for serving and catering market-fresh salads, sandwiches and other pleasures. The cupcakes are so good that owner Bret Thompson competed in Cupcake Wars. His restaurant offers classic Chocolate, Vanilla and Red Velvet every day and specials for preorder.
While Cupcake Wars competitor Johnnie Sue Miller may have started out as a dental assistant, she soon found her true calling baking delectable treats at Something Sweet Cake Studio in Port St. John, Fla. Some of her signature desserts include Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Coconut cupcakes.
Jasmine Baker may have been only 18 when she came up with the idea for her own business, but that didn't stop her from creating Jazzy Cakes in Los Angeles. Jasmine specializes in unusual flavors like sweet Potato Pie and Spiced Pear, making her a perfect recruit for the Cupcake Wars.
At Two Birds Baking Company in Huntington Beach, Calif., vegan cupcakes are the star of the show, and the owners swear they're just as good as the ones mom used to bake. Speciality flavors include Banana Split, The Elvis (chocolate peanut butter banana) and The Sinner (double chocolate).
The "V" stands for vegan, and these baked goods are just that. Despite the lack of dairy or eggs, these mindful treats are just as decadent as their counterparts. C'est La V Bakeshop and its online store are closed for the time being, but stay tuned for vegan cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more.
Cupcakes in Bloom takes the edible arrangement to a new whole level. Mason-Dixon favorites like Strawberry Pretzel Salad or Root Beer Float cupcakes are good, but (like most things in life) are even better on a stick. Their staked and styled cupcake bouquets just make flowers feel so old-fashioned.
A vintage-inspired cupcake bakery and boutique, Vintage Cupcake boasts more than 100 flavors of cupcakes that Ogden, Utah, locals love. The menu changes weekly, with gluten-free options available every Friday. Facebook fans can also suggest a favorite flavor for a shot at free cupcakes.
As seen on Cupcake Wars, Chantilly Lace's ingredient list includes only the best; customers enjoy its use of cage-free eggs and organic milk. Plus, with such creative toppings as spun sugar or the perfect drizzling of homemade caramel, these cupcakes really are Chantilly lace and a pretty face.