These aren't the cupcakes of your youth. Known for alcohol-infused sweets HAPA Cupcakes of Irvine, Calif., creates guilty pleasures for all ages that are sexy and playful. Gift a significant other with modern flavors like Strawberries and Champagne, or steal one away for yourself.
On the Hollywood Poker episode of Cupcake Wars, judges told A Sweet Design owner Joeleen Medina that she had an "ace up her sleeve" with her one-of-a-kind cupcakes. But as a full-service cake and cupcake shop, A Sweet Design goes all-in for expertly decorated wedding and birthday cakes too.
Anna Kelly of AK Cookies 'n Cupcakes loves taking classic flavors and adding her own little twist. As she says, it's "confection perfection" for not only cupcakes but cookies and cakes. If you've never had an Irish car bomb cupcake or a vegan dark forest chocolate cupcake, now's the time.
In Sherman Oaks, Calif., Buttercelli Bakeshop is known for delicious though healthful cupcakes, specializing in organic, vegan and gluten-free treats. The Cupcake Wars competitors also excel at making baked goods like homemade Pop-Tarts and thumbprint cookies, both local favorites.
Baking cakes, cupcakes and cookies, Emma Marie's Cakes in Tustin, Calif., can make anything from the traditional to the witty, with flavors such as Campfire Cake and Root Beer Float. This Web-based operation doesn't stop at baking; it also offers event planning and cupcake booths for fund-raisers.
At Cakes Come True Bakery in Chino, Calif., owner and Cupcake Wars recruit Kinnie Haskins infuses her cupcakes with flavors based on Southern recipes she learned as a child, such as Spiced Carrot and Momma's Cornbread. Locals also love classic treats like Red Velvet and Triple Chocolate.
Stephanie's Pastry Magic believes in making memories a little sweet and a little savory too. The Cupcake Wars judges thought her Smoked Paprika Cupcakes made with cream cheese and smoked salmon were packed with smoky flavor. But for that sugary bite, order her Chocolate/Hazelnut Dreams online.
Darlene Perry serves Studio City, Calif., full-flavored sass, one cupcake at a time. Trading a mike for a mixer, this former songstress (the "Cupcake Diva") has poured her soul into Passions Pastries and Cupcakery. She has customers singing on high for the Lemon Drop cupcake with fresh berries.
What started as a catering company for Najmia Manjoo blossomed into an ever-expanding cupcake shop. As a Cupcake Wars veteran, Najmia's known for her decadent flavors like Mango Coconut and Tiramisu. The most popular one, Oreo Truffle, is made with rich chocolate cake and Oreo cookie ganache.
While the team at The Spot Gourmet made its mark on Cupcake Wars, this catering service in Glendale, Calif., dishes out far more than just desserts. The menu also features dozens of scrumptious entrees, from oven-roasted beef tenderloin to chicken stuffed with brie and ham.
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.
Cloud 9 Cupcakes hopes to craft cupcakes that are simple and delectable with very few frills. On Cupcake Wars, owner Michael Pettenato said Cloud 9 aims for bold, strong flavors in all of its cupcakes from Pina Colada to Peanut Butter Cup, Key Lime and Cookies & Cream.
On this episode of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, the owner of Icing Makes the Cake competes to win $10,000 and have her cupcakes presented at the Indian Film Festival's opening-night ceremony in Hollywood.