On this episode of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, the co-owner of The King of Cupcakes competes to win $10,000 and have her cupcakes presented at the American Film Institute's Young Hollywood star-studded party.
While Cupcake Wars competitor Johnnie Sue Miller may have started out as a dental assistant, she soon found her true calling baking delectable treats at Something Sweet Cake Studio in Port St. John, Fla. Some of her signature desserts include Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Coconut cupcakes.
Stephanie and Lindsay Esparza started CupCakes in Scottsdale, Ariz., after graduating from college. In just three years, they've expanded to a second location, in Tucson, and earned national acclaim on Cupcake Wars. A CupCakes must-try: the vegan Skinny Mini, a lemon cupcake with gold luster dust.
Since appearing on Cupcake Wars, Kim Thurman and the team at Bake You Happy have opened two storefronts, in Valencia and Canyon County, Calif. Along with classics like Double Vanilla, customers can also get a Cupcake in a Jar - two cupcakes layered together in a Mason jar - for a twist.
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.
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.
Cake Creations AK goes wherever the Air Force takes them, meaning this home-based business has an Alaskan reindeer sausage cupcake, a Southern-style pink velvet cupcake plus another 80 flavors! Cupcake Wars judges loved their creativity, calling their spiced peach bourbon cake absolutely delicious.
For those interested in more than desserts, Hilton's Gourmet in Davenport, Fla., is a bakery that also happens to share space with a tearoom and antique store. Of course, Cupcake Wars veteran Andy Hilton serves up mouthwatering cupcake flavors—you might like Apple Caramel or Strawberry Malt.
At CakeDreams in Rockville, Md., owner Jane-Marie Kane takes pride in the fact that, unlike most bakeries, her cupcakes are topped with meringue-style buttercream. One of her specialties is the Banana Cream cupcake filled with rum custard and topped with caramelized bananas.
Drizzle Cupcakes owner and pastry chef Rob Porter goes all out when it comes to baking. His online business boasts more than 70 flavors and the Cupcake Wars judges took note. If you're feeling adventurous, sample the Saffron Honey cupcake. For a more classic treat, try the Chocolate JuJu.
Christa Kelso's goal is to make cupcakes that are ''mini masterpieces,'' so it's no surprise that she was eager to arrive in the Cupcake Wars arena. Her cupcakes come in a variety of flavors, such as Lemon Raspberry and Pumpkin Spice, and other tiny treats include mini cheesecakes and truffles.
"I really felt as if you wrote me an edible valentine," said Candace Nelson, a judge on Cupcake Wars. That's why Bill Jones won the episode, and why Jones Bros. Cupcakes became an instant hot spot in Omaha.
Best friends Lily Fischer and Nima Etemadi started A Cupcake Wonderland in Philadelphia and went on to Cupcake Wars, where they made a Spider-Man cupcake that is still sold today. This apricot, currant and kale fruitcake comes topped with pumpkin-cream cheese frosting and an oat-molasses cookie.
Weddings, parties and special events across North New Jersey were kicked up a notch when The Art of Cake hit the ground running in 2010. The crafts-loving, self-proclaimed perfectionists in its bakeshop are known region-wide for their custom creations that are as delicious as they are awe-inspiring.
Choose from 90 kinds of cupcakes at Cupcake Emporium in Ames, Iowa. Cupcakes like Key Lime Pie and Dirt and Worms ooze with injected pastry creams of various kinds, and the best part of the Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake is the very center. Most cakes can also be made into bite-size morsels.