It's tough to resist a cupcake menu with categories like "tropical" and "breakfast." Apple cinnamon or blueberry streusel cupcakes kick start the day; passion fruit, mango and guava flavors - inspired by Island Cupcakes' Hawaiian heritage - come in colors as assorted and vibrant as the setting sun.
The motto for Simply Sweet Cupcakes is simple: "Your imagination is our creation." The motto came in handy on Cupcake Wars, as Simply Sweet baked a one-of-a-kind treat for the Harlem Globetrotters challenge. For a Simply Sweet bite, try the Caramel Frappuccino.
Eat Cake! originally started as a home business run out of owner Hilary Larson's kitchen, but it has since expanded to a busy storefront in Newburyport, Mass. The cupcake menu includes favorites like Carrot Cake and Double-Dipped Chocolate Fudge, making them ideal competitors for Cupcake Wars.
On this episode of Food Network's "Cupcake Wars," the owner of Kari's Konfections competes to serve their cupcakes backstage at an exclusive party for the boys of Big Time Rush.
White Mountain Cupcakery's cupcakes are "tall as the mountains" and made with ingredients fresh from the farm. And although Cupcake Wars judges gave owner Kathy Iannuzzi's honey almond orange cupcake rave reviews, calling it right on target, winning Cupcake Wars was the ultimate icing on the cake.
Twisted Sisters Cupcakes really turns heads with flavors like Cherry Coke Float and its super chocolatey brownies. To add to the twistedness, these Cupcake War bakers drive around Virginia Beach, Va., in a big, pink "diva" van that reads, "Move over ice cream man, we have BIG GIRL treats!"
Sweet Mess Cakery was a "poolside-in-Miami" hit on Cupcake Wars. Los Angelinos can order their tasty treats online, like the spicy chai cupcake called Breakfast in Bed or the Guinness, espresso and chocolate-filled cupcake known as the Tall, Dark and Handsome.
On this episode of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, the owner Corner Cupcakes competes to win $10,000 and have her cupcakes presented at a Las Vegas-area party celebrating the World Series of Poker.
By using only the purest of gourmet ingredients, Mary Sarain opened Pure Cupcakes to adoring San Diego fans. Her Cupcake Wars debut earned rave reviews from Florian Bellanger, who called her carrot cake one of the best. For more pure bliss, try the Rol-e-ol-ee-o topped with caramel buttercream.
Lovely's Sinfully Sweet Creations cater to a clientele wanting full-on flavor and fun. The online bakery packed a punch with a jalapeno popper cupcake on Cupcake Wars. Back home in Temecula, Calif., they're serving margarita cupcakes and 3-D cake that "tastes so good, it must be a sin."
Don't let the run-of-the-mill name fool you. The Coffee Shop is anything but. It's an oasis in the Arizona desert packed with baker Jessica Cuff's mom-inspired sweets. Homerun creations like Boston Cream Donut and Chocolate-Marshmallow cupcakes earned her a triple-play appearance on Cupcake Wars.
The name for Ksquared Cupcakes came from owner Winter Arif's two daughters: Kennedi and Kameryn. Her "love at first bite" cupcakes include flavors like Mocha Frappe and Tamarind & Blood Orange. As seen on Cupcake Wars, she's no stranger to flavor, having baked a sweet potato and chestnut cupcake.
Sonya Kissi was inspired to start KissiCakes in Columbus, Ohio, after becoming a fan of Cupcake Wars. Sonya learned quickly and became an experienced baker creating her own special cupcake flavors, such as Key Lime and Raspberry Lemonade. Other customer faves: sweet potato pie and caramel apples.
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.
Using simple decorations and bold flavors (think spicy peach Bellini and lemon basil), Kyra Bussanich succeeded in turning the Cupcake Wars judges into gluten-free believers. With cakes like spiced yam and fillings like milk chocolate hazelnut ganache, you'll be craving her cupcakes too.