The Winning Creations from Cake Wars

Meet the bakers who won Season 1 of Cake Wars and see the unique creations that earned them $10,000 in prize money.
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Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Emile Wamsteker ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Gathering Around the Campsite

For the chance to serve at a camp party celebrating the Girl Scouts of America, the bakers of this battle had to create treats that captured the look of a campsite and the feel of adventure in cake and fondant. Cake Man Ron Barham and his son Jarvell decided to create a mountain backdrop for their take on the challenge.

Sweet and Scenic Camping

Ron served the judges a trail mix cake with buttercream frosting, a combination that surprised even guest judge Girl Scout Katherine Hightower. "It really worked," she said. "This is the kind of cake I'd like to take on a camping trip," judge Ron said about the recipe, adding that its presentation looked idyllic. "It just screams Girl Scouts camping," Waylynn added. Cake Man Ron earned the $10,000 prize and served a crowd of excited girls his creative cake.

Get the Recipe: Trail Mix Cake

The Hills Are Alive with Cakes

To earn a chance to serve their cakes at The Sound of Music's 50th anniversary celebration, the bakers of this battle had to interpret lyrics from one of the film's most-popular songs. Mike Elder (right) chose "Maria," re-creating all the significant phrasing in edible decorations to cover his cake.

Hitting All the High Notes

Mike took the challenge to heart, sculpting the Alps out of vanilla cake and topping it with a fondant guitar. "Structurally it's amazing how the cake aspired to such height," Ron said of Mike's towering sculpture. "You incorporated every part of that song," said Angela Cartwright, who portrayed Brigitta. And Kym Karath, the film's Gretl, called it "magnificently imaginative." Mike went on to win the $10,000.

Get the Recipe: Edelweiss White Cake

Cake Wars Re-Created in Lego Form

For the chance to serve a creation at a celebration at Lego's flagship Southern California store, the bakers in this episode were asked to use the show itself as inspiration. Baker Janelle Copeland created a bakery in cake form, complete with the Cake Wars cast, including the judges and her fellow competitors.

An "Out of the Box" Explosion of Color

Janelle's cake was not only colorful on the outside; it also featured a rainbow sherbet interior. "I love that you kept the playfulness," Waylynn said. And Ron agreed, saying, "The look of the cake is fascinating." Guest judge Michael McNally, senior director of brand relations for Lego, called the cake "a replica of something that you can pull right out of the box." Janelle won the $10,000 prize.

Get the Recipe: Rainbow Sherbet Cake

Cuteness Captured in Cake

Challenged with making a cake for Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival, and required to incorporate rainbows in some fashion, baker Viki Kane dove right into an imaginative world of Hello Kitty surrounded by her friends. Moving the cake was the biggest scare for the baker, but luckily the cake her team presented was structurally sound.

Calling All Friends to the Party

The cake featured Hello Kitty swinging from a tree with a prettily decorated multilayer cake revolving on a platform. Hello Kitty enthusiast and guest judge Katherine McNamara said it reminded her of a "quaint tea party in the middle of the woods." Ron commended Viki for her good workmanship and enjoyed the banana cake with salted caramel buttercream and pecans. Viki's cake ultimately earned her the $10,000 prize.

Get the Recipe: Nana's Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Super Mario Cake

To honor a new Nintendo game featuring the iconic Mario, the cake bakers had to design their own game level in cake form. Baker Cory Pohlman (left) brought the characters to life, hoping her creation would capture "the feeling of being inside the cake." Despite a mishap during the challenge, she presented a design that impressed the judges.

The Game Brought to Life

When it came to the cake's red velvet interior, Ron called it moist and supple. "Your cake feels as if I went to a theme park and was part of the characters," he said of Cory's design. And Nintendo representative Krista Yang found it had "a lot of dimension and excitement." Cory won the challenge and the $10,000 prize.

Get the Recipe: Southern Red Velvet Cake with Classic Cream Cheese Frosting

A Storied Engagement

In this episode the cake bakers had to create a wedding cake for couple Tyler and Samantha, winners of a dream wedding hosted by TheKnot.com. The bakers were tasked with taking the couple's story — country boy meets city girl and gets engaged in Mexico — and turning it into a cake. Kristina Serfass did just that, creating a spectacular cake with layers for each aspect of their lives.

Margarita Memories

Inspired by margaritas, Kristina presented a lime butter cake, soaked in tequila simple syrup with layers of lemon curd and salted lime cream filling. "If I close my eyes and eat it, I feel like I'm on the beach in Mexico drinking a margarita," said judge Waylynn. Judge Ron agreed and called the decoration "absolutely charming." The bride and groom chose Kristina's cake as their favorite, earning her $10,000.

Get the Recipe: Salted Lime Margarita Cake

The Battle of Good vs. Evil

In this DC Comics episode, the bakers were given the challenge of creating a cake that visually played out the "ultimate story between superhero and super villain," as host Jonathan described, and that featured competing flavors. Jennifer Duncan chose to show Poison Ivy luring Batman into a trap at the Gotham City clock tower, which she built using multiple stacked cakes.

Batman's Time Is Over

"The story unfolds in a magical way," Ron said of Jennifer's cake. "I see a cover of one of our books," said DC Comics executive Dan DiDio. The chocolate cake made with coffee buttercream and salted caramel earned Jennifer the $10,000 win and the chance to serve it at a celebration for the opening of the new DC Comics office in Burbank, Calif.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Buttercream

Gravity-Defying Cake Decorating

Tasked with creating a cake inspired by an episode of The Simpsons, cake decorator Steve and his assistant, Stacy, chose to bring the Deep Space Homer episode to life. With just four hours, the team pulled off a cake that featured a giant doughnut, a planet, a spaceship and Homer floating in a spacesuit.

Deep Space Homer Cake

"I just want to dive in and take a bite," Waylynn said of the big pink doughnut in Steve's cake. And Ron praised the almond cake with strawberry-and-cream-cheese filling. "It really captures the emotion and the feeling of that show," says The Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman. Steve won the $10,000 and got the chance to serve his cake to the writers of the animated series.

Get the Recipe: Almond Cake with Cream Cheese, Ganache and Fresh Strawberry Filling, Vanilla Buttercream Icing and Pink Poured Fondant

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