The key to [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes bakeshop is lots of shine, and lots of glitter (so they say). But Cupcake Wars judges also give credit to its blissfully "divine" buttercream frosting and [desi]gn’s inventive flavors. Try for yourself with the tasty PB Presley cupcake.
When Carmen Rodriguez opened Brooklyn Cupcake, she wanted to represent both her Italian and Puerto Rican roots. Cupcake Wars judges took note of her bold flavors and, back in New York City, customers flock to Brooklyn for signatures like Tres Leche, Tiramisu and the crowd-pleaser, Guava con Queso.
What happens when Cuban flair meets a Miami bakeshop? You'll have to taste the treats from 2 Girls and a Cupcake to find out. This best-friend duo brought their Havana heat to the Cupcake Wars kitchen with island flavors like Cuban Coffee-Cinnamon, Dulce de Leche and Guava-Cream Cheese.
Terese Yates started baking for her family as a stay-at-home mom, but she soon found herself in charge of her own company at Frost Bake Shoppe in The Woodlands, Texas. A former Cupcake Wars contestant, Terese's bakery is a dynamo offering 30-plus cupcake flavors, including Tiramisu and Margarita.
Everything at Richmond's The Cake Bar Café is homemade and based on family recipes. Cupcakes, cookies, brownies and whoopie pies disappear by the dozen, and custom "cake couture" is available for every occasion. Customer favorites include German Chocolate and Basket-Case Coconut.
Hokulani Bakeshop in Honolulu has the distinction of being the first cupcake-centric bakeshop in Hawaii. In addition to classics like Red Velvet and Vanilla, Cupcake Wars veteran Angela Chandler also infuses her cupcakes with island flavors like Strawberry Guava and Lilikoi (passion fruit).
At Sugar Cupcakery and Bakery in East Haven, Conn., Carol Vollono and her daughter, Brenda DePonte, always have 36 cupcake flavors available; dozens more, upon request. With a string of high-demand flavors like Chai Tea and Sherbet, the Sugar team was prepared to do sweet battle in the Cupcake Wars.
As a former contestant on Cupcake Wars, Michelle Della Penna takes pride in using all-vegan ingredients to create delicious treats like cookies and brownies. Some of her signature desserts include the Cran Rustica (an oatmeal cookie with dried cranberries) and Fudgy Wudgy Brownies.
Amanda Buckner-Wood aims for every one of her more than 100 cupcake flavors to be "perfectly scrumptious" Expect the unexpected at Perfectly Scrumptious: In addition to classic flavors like Cookies 'n Cream, there's Watermelon Chocolate Chip, Irish Car Bomb and Candy Cane.
Shannon Clarke needed a jolt - a Kona coffee-chocolate cupcake kind of pick-me-up, double shot with espresso glaze and buttercream. She ditched the desk to start her whimsical Starry Night Bakery and now has only one complaint: she needs more things to put chocolate and salted caramel into.
Austin's Cupprimo Cupcakery takes whatever it can dream up and runs with it — or bakes with it. Though everything’s bigger in Texas, customers adore the cupcake minis, and love fun concoctions like Blue Velvet and Chocolate Elvis. Arrive early to snag a Flavor of the Day special.
All roads led to Choco Patisserie in San Antonio for owners Lynn and Lauren Townsend. Their decades of experience in professional kitchens reared two lean, mean baking machines. Their menu of flavors rotates weekly, including essentials Maple Bacon and Boston Cream every Thursday.
It's all about choice at this cupcake boutique. With 125 flavors — including Lemon Drop, Peanut Butter Cup and gluten-free options — Nadia Cakes can satisfy just about any sweet tooth. Work your way down the flavor list at its locations in California and Minnesota.