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Season 7, Episode 2

Mary Poppins

Four bakers will need more than a "Spoonful of Sugar" if they want to win the opportunity to serve their cupcakes at a cast and crew party for the Los Angeles premiere of the musical "Mary Poppins."

Tuesday
Oct 23
7pm | 6c
Season 8, Episode 1

Fan Favorites

Four all-star bakers, handpicked by the fans, will compete for the chance to serve their cupcakes at a celebrity packed charity gala hosted by guest judge, 'N Sync's Lance Bass.

Monday
Apr 15
3am | 2c
Season 8, Episode 9

Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer

Four vegan competitors will battle it out for the opportunity to serve their cupcakes at an exclusive party for iconic television star — and guest judge — Fran Drescher's charity, Cancer Schmancer.

Monday
Jun 10
3am | 2c
Season 9, Episode 1

Jessica Alba: The Honest Company

Four talented cupcake bakers fight to win over special guest judge Jessica Alba, as they face off for $10,000 and the chance to have their all-natural organic cupcakes at the center of a party launching the new headquarters for her brand, The Honest Company.

Saturday
Sep 7
8pm | 7c
Season 9, Episode 2

Marilyn Monroe's 60th

Four returning cupcake bakers, who have previously gone home empty-handed, go to war for the chance to bring their cupcakes to a huge event honoring the 60th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's hand prints at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater. They'll have to impress guest judge Nick Woodhouse, President of Marilyn Monroe's estate, if they want to walk away with $10,000.

Saturday
Sep 14
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 2

SeaWorld Birthday Bash

Four creative cupcake bakers go head-to-head in hopes of having their sweets featured at a seaside birthday party. Contestants include: Lindsay Morton of Dollhouse Bake Shoppe (Santa Monica, Calif.), Brett Thompson of Milk (Los Angeles), Allyson Fiander of Daddy Cakes (Topeka, Kan.) and Tracey Buchanan of Sweet Bakery & Café (Ellicot City, Md.).

Wednesday
Aug 20
11am | 10c
Season 8, Episode 11

Cupcakes 'R' Us

Four imaginative bakers are going to have to unleash their inner child as they compete for the chance to serve their creations at a black tie awards gala for the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. Toy inventer Nancy Zwiers serves as the guest judge.

Thursday
Dec 11
11am | 10c
Season 7, Episode 2

Mary Poppins

Four bakers will need more than a "Spoonful of Sugar" if they want to win the opportunity to serve their cupcakes at a cast and crew party for the Los Angeles premiere of the musical "Mary Poppins."

Tuesday
Mar 17
11am | 10c
Season 9, Episode 8

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare

Four cupcake bakers fight to win over the master of horror himself, Rob Zombie. The winner's vegan cupcakes will be the centerpiece of the grand opening of Rob Zombie's latest venture, a month-long haunted music attraction called the Great American Nightmare. It all begins with the high-stakes taste challenge, where the bakers must create a delicious cupcake out of foods so spicy they're rumored to cause nightmares!

Monday
Oct 26
11am | 10c
Season 7, Episode 11

Rock and Roll Cupcakes

The bad boys of Cupcake Wars will return to the kitchen in true rock and roll fashion to compete for the chance to have their cupcakes front and center at a party celebrating the I Heart Radio music festival in Las Vegas.

Friday
Feb 5
11am | 10c
Season 9, Episode 8

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare

Four cupcake bakers fight to win over the master of horror himself, Rob Zombie. The winner's vegan cupcakes will be the centerpiece of the grand opening of Rob Zombie's latest venture, a month-long haunted music attraction called the Great American Nightmare. It all begins with the high-stakes taste challenge, where the bakers must create a delicious cupcake out of foods so spicy they're rumored to cause nightmares!

Wednesday
Apr 27
11am | 10c
Season 9, Episode 1

Jessica Alba: The Honest Company

Four talented cupcake bakers fight to win over special guest judge Jessica Alba, as they face off for $10,000 and the chance to have their all-natural organic cupcakes at the center of a party launching the new headquarters for her brand, The Honest Company.

Wednesday
May 18
11am | 10c
Season 9, Episode 4

The Wizard of Oz

There's no place like home as four cupcake bakers face off for the chance to celebrate the re-release of The Wizard of Oz and the $10,000 prize. The guest judge is legendary film critic, Leonard Maltin.

Thursday
Jun 30
11am | 10c
Season 8, Episode 3

People's Choice Awards

The viewers will be choosing the ingredients for this special episode of Cupcake Wars, where four bakers compete for the opportunity to be front and center at a celebrity packed VIP party for The People's Choice Awards. The People's Choice Awards president, Fred Nelson, serves as guest judge.

Thursday
Feb 23
10am | 9c
Season 8, Episode 2

"Weird Al" Yankovic

It's going to get a little weird in the Cupcake Wars kitchen when four competitors try to bake their way to an exclusive book release party for iconic comedian, and guest judge, "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Thursday
Feb 23
11am | 10c
Season 9, Episode 1

Jessica Alba: The Honest Company

Four talented cupcake bakers fight to win over special guest judge Jessica Alba, as they face off for $10,000 and the chance to have their all-natural organic cupcakes at the center of a party launching the new headquarters for her brand, The Honest Company.

Thursday
Feb 23
12pm | 11c
Season 6, Episode 11

A Perfect Match.com

It will be happily ever after for one cupcake maker when they win the opportunity to serve their cupcakes at a spectacular Match.com wedding event.

Thursday
Mar 2
11am | 10c
Season 7, Episode 1

Big Time Rush

It's going to be big time competition as four bakers fight for the chance to serve their cupcakes backstage at an exclusive party for the boys of Big Time Rush.

Thursday
Mar 2
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 2

Mary Poppins

Four bakers will need more than a "Spoonful of Sugar" if they want to win the opportunity to serve their cupcakes at a cast and crew party for the Los Angeles premiere of the musical "Mary Poppins."

Thursday
Mar 9
10am | 9c
Season 6, Episode 9

Kristin Cavallari's Baby Shower

Television star Kristin Cavallari will be expecting great cupcakes as four talented bakers compete to serve their sweet treats at her star-studded baby shower.

Thursday
Mar 9
11am | 10c
Season 7, Episode 3

Cody Simpson

Mother knows best as four mother-daughter teams compete for the chance to go backstage with pop idol Cody Simpson and serve their cupcakes at an exclusive fan event.

Thursday
Mar 9
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Four bakers, all husband and wife teams, will have to become ninjas in the kitchen in order to win the battle to serve their cupcakes at a cast and crew party for the new animated series.

Thursday
Mar 16
10am | 9c
Season 5, Episode 1

Girl Scouts 100th Birthday

Four bakers compete for the ultimate merit badge: their cupcakes at the 100th birthday bash for the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Thursday
Mar 16
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 13

Star Wars

Four talented bakers will have to use the force if they want to win the chance to serve their cupcakes at a VIP party celebrating the beloved Star Wars franchise.

Thursday
Mar 16
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 11

Rock and Roll Cupcakes

The bad boys of Cupcake Wars will return to the kitchen in true rock and roll fashion to compete for the chance to have their cupcakes front and center at a party celebrating the I Heart Radio music festival in Las Vegas.

Thursday
Mar 23
10am | 9c
Season 9, Episode 13

Breeders' Cup

It's the mother of all horse races, as four cupcake bakers vie for the chance to have their cupcakes at the center of the legendary Breeders' Cup World Championships. To get there, they must win over guest judge Bo Derek, iconic actress, model and Breeders' Cup Ambassador. At stake is a $10,000 prize.

Thursday
Mar 23
11am | 10c

About the Show

It’s cupcake vs. cupcake in Food Network’s tastiest competition yet! Each week on Cupcake Wars, four of the country’s top cupcake bakers face off in three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains. The sweet prize: $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at the winning gig. Candace Nelson (owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner of online macaron company MadMac) serve as permanent judges with a third rotating judge each week, and Justin Willman hosts.

About the Host

Jonathan Bennett

Though his striking good looks may have made Jonathan Bennett an object of affection for the “plastics” in Mean Girls, his talent and commitment are what have led to his becoming one of the most-sought-after young actors in Hollywood.

Most Popular Recipes

All Cupcake Wars Recipes

Salted Caramel Cupcake

Vegan Lemon Cupcakes with Fresh Berry Filling and Lemon Buttercream

Lemon Cupcakes with Blueberry Compote Filling and Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes filled with Chocolate Fudge Cookie Bar and Marshmallow Meringue Frosting

Champagne Cupcakes with Italian Buttercream

Blue Velvet, Blackberry Curd, and Blackberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Black Forest Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Almond Citrus Cupcake

Winning Recipe Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry Cupcakes

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcake

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Emerald City Artichoke Olive Oil Cake with Kiwi Filling and Whipped Cream Frosting

Sandy

Matinee Idol Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Mascarpone Filling and Zinfandel Buttercream

Princess Annie

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Lemon Cheesecake Cupcake

Plantain Cake with Avocado Buttercream

Sharp Cheddar Cupcakes with Candied Pecan Topping and Honey Blue Cheese Frosting

Toodee Fruity-Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with a Chocolate, Orange and Clove Infused Ganache Filling and a Chinese Spiced Tea Buttercream

Chocolate Vodka Raspberry Rock Star Cupcake

Chocolate Cherry Cola Cupcakes with Red Licorice Filling and Marshmallow Frosting

Five O'Clock Jump Shot

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes

Tiramisu Cupcakes

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