Cupcake Wars Season 2 Winners' Recipes

Relive all the sugary-sweet highlights from the second season of Cupcake Wars and try these famed recipes from some of the winning contestants.
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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Sweet Potato Cider Cupcake With Marshmallow Frosting

Tangy apple cider perfectly complements the canned sweet potatoes in this inventive sweet treat. Judge Candace Nelson remarks that the marshmallow frosting "was silken and smooth."

Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Cider Cupcake with Marshmallow Frosting

Oatmeal-Raisin Cupcakes, Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Winner Ron Bzdewka's cupcake is every bit as delicious as it is gorgeous. Judge Florian Bellanger compliments Ron, "You pick those two ingredients, oatmeal and orange, and I could find both of them in the cupcake."

Get the Recipe: Winning Recipe Oatmeal-Raisin Cupcakes, Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Wheat Germ and Ginger, Wasabi Cream, and Tuna Creme Fraiche Cupcakes

The wasabi cream filling and tuna creme fraiche topping are an ideal combination in this unique cupcake. Judge Bellanger also notes that the cake "goes very well with ginger."

Get the Recipe: Wheat Germ and Ginger, Wasabi Cream, and Tuna Creme Fraiche Cupcakes

Almond Cake With Fig Filling and Maple Buttercream

Judge Nelson appreciates "the subtle flavor of the almond meal" in this cupcake, which is topped with a decadent maple frosting and patted with toasted almonds.

Get the Recipe: Almond Cake with Fig Filling and Maple Buttercream

Raspberry Cupcakes With Champagne Buttercream Frosting

Andrea Ballus' winning cupcake is laden with fresh raspberry flavor and topped with a lightly sweetened champagne frosting. Judge Nelson compliments Ballus on her "decorative technique."

Get the Recipe: Winning Recipe Raspberry Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Cherry Cola Cupcakes With Red Licorice Filling and Marshmallow Frosting

Packed with plenty of sweet and salty ingredients, this cupcake will satisfy just about any craving. Nelson notes that she "can taste every flavor" inside and on top of this creative cake.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Cola Cupcakes with Red Licorice Filling and Marshmallow Frosting

Mini Coconut Cupcakes With Poppy Seed Crust, Muscat Raisin Filling, and Parsley Icing With Toasted Coconut, Flax and Poppy Seed Toffee and Organic Roses

This nontraditional cupcake could not have been easy for winner Hollis Wilder to create, but Judge Bellanger praises her ingenious dessert. "I'm speechless. This is one of the best cupcakes I have ever had on the show," she says.

Get the Recipe: Winning Recipe Mini Coconut Cupcakes with Poppy Seed Crust, Muscat Raisin Filling, and Parsley Icing with Toasted Coconut, Flax and Poppy Seed Toffee, and Organic Roses

Pink Grapefruit Cupcakes With Guava Truffle Cookies and Rosewater Frosting

Pretty and pink, this cupcake is baked with a cookie inside and decorated simply with a dollop of rosewater frosting. Judge Bellanger notes that "the rosewater works very well" in this minimalist creation.

Get the Recipe: Pink Grapefruit Cupcakes with Guava Truffle Cookies and Rosewater Frosting

Pulled Pork and Sweet Corn Country Cupcakes

This one-of-a-kind cupcake is split in half and filled with pulled pork and fresh corn. Judge Nelson tells contestant Alyssa Magliato, "Girl, you make some good barbecue."

Get the Recipe: Pulled Pork and Sweet Corn Country Cupcakes

Cupcakes With Pineapple Filling and Strawberry and Goat Cheese Whipped Cream

Judge Bellanger compliments baker Marilyn Norris on her elegant cupcake, which is topped with a strawberry-studded goat cheese frosting. "This is what I'm talking about. I really can taste the white wine ... and the goat cheese is a nice touch," he says.

Get the Recipe: Cupcakes with Pineapple Filling and Strawberry and Goat Cheese Whipped Cream

White Russian Cupcake

This showstopping dessert is topped with chocolate cigars and chocolate crunch balls rolled in 24-karat gold. Judge Candace Nelson tells contestant Casey Reinhardt that she "captured the flavor of the White Russian for sure."

Get the Recipe: White Russian Cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcakes With Almond Cream Cheese Frosting

Candace Nelson compliments the "deliciously creamy and divine" almond frosting atop this classic cocoa-laced cupcake.

Get the Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting