Kokolita Cakes is a '50s-themed bakery specializing in cupcakes that also offers empanadas, sandwiches, and cheesecake. The cupcakes include fanciful flavors like the Holly Golightly, a champagne cupcake with fresh strawberries and cream cheese frosting garnished with a chocolate swirl cigarillo.
Le Cupcake owner Yvonne Loy brings a "sophisticated twist" to each of her cupcakes, a talent that came in handy on Cupcake Wars. Extra-elegant types should try the Orange Cointreau Coconut cream cheese cupcake or the Rum Chata cupcake filled with Rum Chata custard.
Ava's Cupcakes of Rockaway, N.J., offers sweet specialties like Chocolate Salted Caramel and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, as well as savory renditions for the adventurous. Owner Michelle Spell's Italian roots shine through in fluffy creations like Chocolate Cannoli and Hazelnut Truffle.
Jean Bates and Paula Lucas named their cupcake bakery after their dog, Leo, and his best canine pal, Lucy. The couple's artful, made-from-scratch creations caught the eye of Cupcake Wars producers, proving classics like Southern Hummingbird and Chantilly Cream are as timeless as two best friends.
Kara Haspel Lind has built her own cupcake empire, with seven locations in various parts of California. Kara prides herself on using organic ingredients for all of her desserts, including seasonal and gluten-free cupcakes. Kara's reputation positioned her as a challenger to beat on Cupcake Wars.
Bakery by day and dessert lounge by night, Creme Cupcakes + Dessert in Des Moines, Iowa, can take you to happy hour like the proverbial little black dress. Pairing trendy desserts with top-shelf cocktails, Creme caters to everyone's needs by also offering gluten-free and vegan options.
AmyCakes & Cookies owner Amy Barkalow says "it's got to be the love" that makes her sweets so irresistible. On Cupcake Wars, Candace Nelson called her creations "bold, ambitious and ultimately delicious." The same can be said of her bakery: Customers love the Raspberry Truffle and Twinkie cupcakes.
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."
Owner Elfie Weiss is a French transplant who resisted the cupcake when she first moved to the U.S. Discovering the glory of this iconic American pastry, Hotcakes Bakes now fills pedestals with cupcakes and croissants. The must-try item is Elfie's Cupcake Wars-worthy Tres Leches with Spicy Mango.
This St. Louis bakery started as a cupcake truck, but thanks to Cupcake Wars they opened a store with their seriously divine cupcakes. Judge Florian loved the Banana Moon Pie Cake, which took him straight "to the moon." For a real crowd-pleaser, try the Drunken Pig topped with plenty of bacon.
Darla's Cake Design is devoted to "bringing layers of happiness to your day." Making the bridge from online to brick-and-mortar bakery, drop by for the Cupcake Wars-featured Billionaire Cupcake with raspberry-rosewater Cake, fresh raspberries, vanilla cream, rosewater frosting and raspberry drizzle.
It’s not every day that Duff Goldman calls your cake flavors "visionary" ... unless you're Cupcake Charlie's. This fast-growing, family-run Cape Cod cupcake powerhouse churns out hits in 71 flavors. Duff was bowled over by Charlie's Samoa Chocolate Cupcake with Caramel and Coconut.
Frost Cupcake Factory owner Andrea Parks has perfected the frosting to cupcake ratio. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the bakery prides itself on taking popular flavors and combining them with the very best ingredients to create one-of-a-kind treats, like the fruity Strawberries & Cream.
On this episode of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, the owner Luli Tuli Cupcakes competes to win $10,000 and have her cupcakes presented at a Las Vegas-area party celebrating the World Series of Poker.
"Cupcake Wars" competitor Blondies Baking Company has whimsical cupcakes such as Love Potion, Pink Feather Boa and Texas Turtle as well as delicious classic flavors like Salted Caramel and Mocha Crunch. Owner Cindy Selby strives to offer customers high-quality pastries and warm hospitality.