When Carmen Rodriguez opened Brooklyn Cupcake, she wanted to represent both her Italian and Puerto Rican roots. Cupcake Wars judges took note of her bold flavors and, back in New York City, customers flock to Brooklyn for signatures like Tres Leche, Tiramisu and the crowd-pleaser, Guava con Queso.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At K Cupcakes in Jefferson, Ohio, owner and Cupcake Wars competitor Amanda Kish can whip up more than 20 gourmet flavors, such as Almond Wedding and Caramel Pecan, making her a local favorite. She also lets customers build their own cupcake by choosing a cake, filling and icing.
As a Cupcake Wars finalist, Coccadotts surely isn't finished with baking. Storefronts can be found in South Carolina and Albany, N.Y., with cupcakes like Snickas or the Brown Chica Brownie. And the name? Owner Rachel fused her last name, Cocca, with her husband's, Dott, and Coccadotts was born.
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.