For a gift that's unique and edible, look no further than Wah-Wah's Cakes. As seen on Cupcake Wars, this Harlem cake shop in New York takes orders for its whimsical cupcake bouquets and special occasion cakes. The Wah-Wah name (pronounced whoa whoa) is a tribute to owner Khadijah Frederick's mom.
Kevin VanDeraa took a little sweetness a long way. His Minneapolis outpost, Cupcake, started with the gift of a cookbook in 1987. It hooked him on baking and now, equipped with three Cupcake Wars appearances and flavors like Boston cream pie and s'mores, the sky's the limit for his sweet adventure.
Boy likes cake. Boy bakes cake. Boy opens bakery. That's the story of ConfeXion Cupcakes + Cake - brainchild of Anthony Valerio and his aunt, Vandy. They've stocked a cupcake emporium with innovative cupcakes like The Villain (fresh lime margarita) to The ViXXXen (cayenne red velvet).
Everything at Crema Cafe - the buttercream swirl-coated cakes, the whimsical dessert displays, the latte foam art - is brimming with personality. This cozy Cambridge hideaway's rotating menu has something to enjoy for every meal of the day (and croissants in five flavors for every snack in between.)
For Cupcake Wars veteran Bianca Blanco, making cupcakes 100% her way meant making them 100% vegan. Bianca, also a professional dancer, sells her cupcakes online with flavors as creative as her moves. Think French Toast with a touch of orange zest or La Vie en Rose made with rose water buttercream.
Whatever you dream up, Sweet Dreams Cake 'N Things is ready to make it a reality. This Cupcake Wars veteran has been in the trenches with baking cakes, too, having made intricate and edible Versace purse cakes, football helmets and elegant showstopping wedding cakes.
On this episode of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, the owner of Sugar on Top competes to win $10,000 and have her cupcakes presented at Cirque du Soleil's album release party.
Who said cupcakes can only play in the sweet sandbox? Philly's It's a Cupcake! has every hankering covered. Need sugar? Reach for Sweet Potato Pie with Buttercream. Craving savory? The Tapas is a monster spicy-corn cupcake with garlic aioli, smoked salmon, tomatillo guacamole and a lime shrimp.
The Cake Mamas bake in familiar flavors, such as vanilla bean and red velvet, as well as creations like Churro and Passion Fruit-Guava. Owner Janelle Copeland says she likes to "push the envelope testing new recipes." This creative ingenuity was a great asset to her on "Cupcake Wars."
Leslie Fiet's mini cupcakes may be small, but they're not short on flavor. Customers love her Smore Please cupcake and The Audrey made with baby blue cream cheese frosting. It took Leslie dozens of recipes to get her cupcakes just right, but hard work paid off, as she's now a Cupcake Wars winner.
The ovens of Beckers Bakery & Deli have been sweetening up Manhattan Beach, Calif., with cakes, cookies and donuts since 1942. When owner and journeyman baker Todd Becker took a shot at Cupcake Wars, his sweet and savory Cinnamon, Maple and Bacon Cupcake took "cake for breakfast" to a new level.
Maddy's Fatty's not only bakes vegan but also gluten-free, sugar-free and "not-so-fatty" treats too. The all-natural bakery specializes in gourmet custom cakes and cupcakes. As the Cupcake Wars judges noted, the fillings tasted delicious with frostings that were just as delightful.
Southern Girl Desserts is bringing Deep South classics to the City of Angels, y'all. Co-owner Catarah Hampshire gave the Cupcake Wars judges a taste of her signature Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Icing. Now her down-home flavors like Vanilla Bean and Lemon are on celebrity tables across Hollywood.
The Sweet Lobby is a serious cupcake contender in a big cupcake town. Owned by a chemical engineer from Trinidad and Tobago, this Washington, D.C., shop is, she says, the "ultimate advocate for your sweet tooth," with globally inspired cupcakes, French Macaron, Madeleines and other lovely morsels.
On Food Network's Cupcake Wars, the owner of TamiCakes competes for the chance to win $10,000 and have her cupcakes featured at an exclusive party for the Hollywood Black Film Festival.