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Season 8, Episode 12

Blue Man Group

Former baker's assistants will be returning to take their place in the spotlight as they battle it out for the chance to have their cupcakes featured at a VIP Las Vegas party for the world renowned Blue Man Group. Phil Stanton, Creator of the Blue Man Group, serves as the guest judge.

Thursday
Jan 19
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 6

Kate Walsh's Billionaire Boyfriend

Four bakers will compete for the opportunity to serve their cupcakes at a VIP party celebrating the release of "Private Practice" star Kate Walsh's fragrance, Billionaire Boyfriend. Kate Walsh judges.

Thursday
Jan 26
10am | 9c
Season 0, Episode 2

Celebrity: Atari Cupcakes

Get ready for an all-star cupcake showdown as Mel B, Mayim Bialik, Andy Dick and Jennie Garth battle to prove their baking dominance and have their cupcakes featured at an epic party celebrating the first and most famous video game platform of all time: Atari! These four might be VIPs in the real world, but they'll face the same Cupcake Wars gauntlet as any other baker and be eliminated one by one with the help of guest judge and CEO of Atari, Fred Chesnais. The last celebrity standing earns bragging rights and a donation to their charity of choice.

Monday
Jan 30
3pm | 2c
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Monday
Jan 30
4pm | 3c
Season 5, Episode 12

Saluting the USO

Four returning Cupcake Wars champions come back to prove themselves the best of the best and serve their cupcakes at a black tie gala celebrating the 70th anniversary of the USO.

Thursday
Feb 2
10am | 9c
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
Feb 9
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 8

WildAid Save the Tigers

It's going to get wild in the kitchen as four bakers fight for the chance to serve their cupcakes at a huge celebrity gala honoring animal conservation group WildAid. Actress Minnie Driver judges.

Thursday
Feb 16
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 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 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 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
Season 0, Episode 2

Celebrity: Atari Cupcakes

Get ready for an all-star cupcake showdown as Mel B, Mayim Bialik, Andy Dick and Jennie Garth battle to prove their baking dominance and have their cupcakes featured at an epic party celebrating the first and most famous video game platform of all time: Atari! These four might be VIPs in the real world, but they'll face the same Cupcake Wars gauntlet as any other baker and be eliminated one by one with the help of guest judge and CEO of Atari, Fred Chesnais. The last celebrity standing earns bragging rights and a donation to their charity of choice.

Monday
Mar 27
5pm | 4c
Season 0, Episode 5

Kids vs. Adults: DC Comics Superhero Girls

It's a cupcake showdown packed with a massive shocking twist as two unsuspecting adult bakers discover that they've been pitted against two child cupcake prodigies as they compete have their cupcakes featured at a party celebrating the DC Super Hero Girls. These junior bakers might be too young to drive, but they've got the baking skills to take down any adult, and guest judges Ashley Eckstein and Shea Fontana from DC Super Hero Girls will help choose the last baker standing and award the $10,000 prize.

Monday
Mar 27
6pm | 5c
Season 0, Episode 6

Ultimate Showdown: Cirque du Soleil Cupcakes

Get ready for a cupcake battle royale as four of the best Cupcake Wars bakers of all time face off in a one-of-a-kind baking adventure to have their cupcakes at the center of an epic party celebrating Cirque du Soleil. The bakers will face three grueling rounds, where the only way to survive is to create cupcakes that are mind-blowing, risk-taking works of edible art with larger-than-life, gravity-defying displays. Artistic director of Cirque du Soleil's Mystere, Tim Smith, is on hand to help crown a winner.

Monday
Mar 27
7pm | 6c
Season 5, Episode 4

Funny Or Die

It's time to laugh out loud as four cupcake bakers try to take their cupcakes viral at a VIP party for FunnyOrDie.com.

Thursday
Mar 30
10am | 9c
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.

Thursday
Mar 30
11am | 10c
Season 7, Episode 10

The Young and The Restless

Expect lots of twists and turns in the kitchen when four cupcake makers face off to for the chance to be featured at an exclusive cast and crew party celebrating the 10,000th episode of the classic soap, The Young and the Restless.

Thursday
Mar 30
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 9

The King of Cupcakes

A whole lotta shakin' will be going on in the kitchen as four cupcake makers fight for the chance to serve their cupcakes at an exclusive party in Memphis celebrating The King, Elvis Presley.

Thursday
Apr 6
10am | 9c
Season 7, Episode 13

Aloha Cupcakes

Four bakers will have to "lei" it all on the line if they want to win the chance to serve their cupcakes at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival in Oahu.

Thursday
Apr 6
11am | 10c
Season 8, Episode 5

South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Four bakers are returning for redemption and a chance to serve their winning cupcakes alongside world-renowned chefs at one of the most exclusive food events in the country, The South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami. Food Network's "Sandwich King," Jeff Mauro, is the guest judge.

Thursday
Apr 6
12pm | 11c
Season 9, Episode 7

Hanson

Four cupcake bakers fight to the finish for the chance at having their cupcakes at a concert and after party for the band Hanson and a $10,000 prize. To get there, they must win over three special guest judges: Isaac, Zac and Taylor Hanson!

Thursday
Apr 13
10am | 9c
Season 7, Episode 12

San Diego Zoo

The fur will be flying as four bakers fight for the opportunity to serve their cupcakes at a members only party at the world famous San Diego Zoo.

Thursday
Apr 13
11am | 10c
Season 9, Episode 11

Aquarium of the Pacific

Four cupcake bakers vie for the chance to bring their cupcakes to a celebration of Explorer's Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific. To get there, they must first face down the taste challenge: create a delicious cupcake out of sustainable seafood! Oceanographer, Captain Don Walsh, helps determine which baker will take the $10,000 prize.

Thursday
Apr 13
12pm | 11c
Season 5, Episode 10

Tony Hawk

Four cupcake bakers try to skate their way into the Tony Hawk Foundation's celebrity event in Las Vegas.

Thursday
Apr 20
10am | 9c

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.

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All Cupcake Wars Recipes

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake

Sweet Potato Cupcake

Black Forest Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache and Marshmallow Frosting

Lavender Cake

Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting and Chocolate Fudge Filling

Southern Red Velvet Cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes

Cannoli Cupcakes

Chocolate Stout and Irish Cream Liqueur Cupcakes

Gilbert Ganache-fried Cupcakes: Chocolate Seltzer Cupcakes with Ganache, Banana Frosting, and Caramelized Banana

Nostalgic Popping Candy Cupcakes

Stilton Cheese, Pear and Toasted Walnut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Cucumber Dill Topping

Almond Cupcakes with Blueberry Tequila Filling, Topped with Marzipan and Acai Berry Cream Cheese Frosting

Gluten-Free Chocolate-Cardamom Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream, Spun Sugar Bird's Nests and Jewel-Encrusted Bird's Eggs

Almond Cupcakes with Raspberry Glaze, Swiss Meringue, and Stacked Almond Cakes

Pink Grapefruit Cupcakes with Guava Truffle Cookies and Rosewater Frosting

Apple-Spice Cupcakes with Walnuts and Blue Cheese

Cupcakes with Pineapple Filling and Strawberry and Goat Cheese Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Brown Butter Buttercream

White Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Hot Lava

The Absurdist (Fruit and Cheese Platter Cupcakes)

Tomato Soup Cupcakes, Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Vodka Raspberry Rock Star Cupcake

Pulled Pork and Sweet Corn Country Cupcakes

Circus Caramel Corn with Smoked Almonds and Sea Salt