Step into Swiss Chalet Bakery and you'll not only see cupcakes but also croissants, cannoli, cookies and wildly decorative cakes. Cupcake Wars veteran and co-owner Angelo Sciortino recently expanded the bakery, so when ordering a tasty red velvet cupcake, you can have grilled panini, too.
At Mr. Cupcakes in Clifton, N.J., Cupcake Wars competitor Johnny Manganiotis takes pride in the fact that none of his cupcakes have fillings — all of the ingredients are baked right into the batter. Choose from over 40 inventive cupcake flavors, including Raspberry Cheesecake and French Toast.
Behind the doors of House of Cupcakes you'll find New Jersey's self-proclaimed "Cupcake Giant," Ron Bzdewka. With co-owner and wife, Ruthie, Ron towered over the competition on Cupcake Wars. Meanwhile, back home they've won over locals with more than 30 varieties of cupcakes from brownie to lime.
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.
Bubble & Shake Cupcakes specialize in classic flavors like Carrot Cake and Red Velvet and not-so-classic like Chocolate with Reese Peanut Butter Cup and Sticky-Date, a pudding-style cupcake with caramel icing. For the Cupcake Wars Elvis episode, judges raved about their one-of-a-kind decorations.
A background in title insurance with no formal culinary training hasn't held the owners of The Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe back; baking is in their blood. It's gained neighborhood acclaim for charming edibles like cake truffles and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate whipped cream and strawberry buttercream.
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.
The Cricket Challenge on Cupcake Wars did not faze Jess Bartlett of Cake That! Her cupcakes come in two varieties: gourmet and spirited. Gourmet includes regulars like French Toast and Banana Split; spirited uses alcohol, so you can "drink" in celebration with Chocolate Guinness cupcakes!
This Dumont, N.J., dessert shop specializes in cupcakes and cheesecake—and cheesecake cupcakes. Savor Sweet Indulgence's signature Caramel Cheesecake. Dive into Cinnamon Bun, Cappuccino Cheesecake, S’mores and Dreamsicle cupcakes, or place a custom order fit for any occasion.
For those in Nyack, N.Y., Tasty Trends Cakes & Catering has your dessert needs covered. They'll work with you to create the perfect flavor and design for your next catered occasion. Get in touch online to choose from a wide variety of cakes and cupcakes, including the "Moist and Loaded" carrot cake.
With the name "i am cupcakes," owner Iyona McFarlane and niece Amirh McFarlane embody everything there is to cupcakes. But their cupcake pies, with a crunchy crust baked on the bottom, are even sweeter. Try for yourself with the Apple Crisp, a spiced apple cake atop a cinnamon-sugar cookie crust.
The flavors at Sugar Mommy Cupcakes run the gamut — from the elegant Lemon Chiffon to the ooey-gooey Chocolate Covered Pretzel. The signature Sugar Mommy Cupcake comes with a marshmallow cream center, a much sweeter option than the shrimp flavor dealt to them on Cupcake Wars.
The Pastryarch is the alter ego of northern New Jersey illustrator-turned-baker Tony Albanese. His custom-created confections, ranging in size from pops to multilayer cakes, have caught the eye of celebrities like Britney Spears, who celebrated an album launch with Tony's custom creations.
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.