Sometimes the cutest treats come in the most unlikely places. In a derailed train boxcar, you'll find One Cute Cupcake Boutique, a San Antonio sweet shop. Baking gourmet cupcakes from its once-mobile digs, this cupcakery is all about customizing to the customer's needs and occasions.
On Food Network's "Cupcake Wars," the owner of Red Jett Sweets Cupcake Truck competed to win $10,000 and have her cupcakes featured at an exclusive party for the Los Angeles opening of the hit Broadway musical "Wicked."
What started on a whim has become Josh Bartell's full-time business -- lucky for his customers, who have been gobbling up his fresh-baked gourmet cupcakes. Popular flavors include Salted Caramel and the customer favorites like Murder by Chocolate and Snickerdoodle.
On this episode of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, the owner Sinfully Sweet competes to win $10,000 and have her cupcakes featured at an exclusive event honoring the Festival of the Arts.
Everything at Richmond's Slice of Grace Bakery Boutique is homemade and based on family recipes. Cupcakes, cookies, brownies and whoopie pies disappear by the dozen, and custom "cake couture" is available for every occasion. Customer favorites include German Chocolate and Basket-Case Coconut.
The Delicate Flour Cakery's cupcakes go beyond a matter of want; they're a matter of need. The high-quality cakes are known to take a bizarre twist or two — think PMS cupcake and you’ll catch our drift. Even the vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free and low-cal cupcakes pack a punch.
Sugar Cupcakery likes to put as much on the top of their cupcakes as they do inside. The signature red velvet cupcake comes with a surprise filling and a cream cheese frosting sprinkled in glitter. Along with the classic flavors, they offer cupcake specials each week.
At the Lucky Cupcake Company right outside of Philadelphia, owner Joanne Jarin's homemade recipes earned her a spot on Cupcake Wars. The shop's best-seller is the Chocolate Triple Play, a must for chocoholics. There are also seasonal flavors, like Key Lime during the summer and Eggnog for winter.
Using her Filipino roots to guide her, Michelle Munoz tackles cupcakes with a tropical flair. Ingredients include mango and coconut, as well as tried-and-true standards like maple and bacon. For a real treat, Michelle also features customized cakes, macarons and baklava on her catering menu.
Cupcake Wars contestant Secret Marmalade is an online bakery that offers a selection of brownies, caramels, chocolates, Rice Krispie treats and cupcakes. Owner Rebecca Swanner uses farm-fresh ingredients to make her signature sweets, like Rosemary Rice Krispie Treats and Carrot Cake Cupcakes.
At Cupcakes and Co. in Burbank, Calif., owner Maryanne Tongko infuses her cupcakes with international flair like ube (purple yam), mango and green tea. Other favorites include the Citrus Veil cupcake with fresh lime curd and the Black Pearl cupcake with Valhrona chocolate pearls.
Prepare to send the most delicious email you've ever penned. Let's Kiss and Cake Up! is a homegrown baking operation that sells sassy sweet treats out of Peoria, Ariz. Try out favorites like the Super Chocolate, Caremelloooo and Bananas Foster cupcakes, and you'll want to kiss the cook.
Hokulani Bakeshop in Honolulu has the distinction of being the first cupcake-centric bakeshop in Hawaii. In addition to classics like Red Velvet and Vanilla, Cupcake Wars veteran Angela Chandler also infuses her cupcakes with island flavors like Strawberry Guava and Lilikoi (passion fruit).
When Cupcake Royale opened, it was the first cupcake bakery in Seattle, and it has stood the test of time for 10 years. Its decadent flavors, such as Blueberry Brown Betty and Lavender, are all made with organic sugar and homemade buttercream — earning them a spot in the Cupcake Wars arena.