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Cupcake Wars Season 2 Winners' Recipes

Relive all the sugary-sweet highlights from the second season of Cupcake Wars and try these famed recipes from some of the winning contestants.
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Sweet Potato Cider Cupcake With Marshmallow Frosting

Tangy apple cider perfectly complements the canned sweet potatoes in this inventive sweet treat. Judge Candace Nelson remarks that the marshmallow frosting "was silken and smooth."
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Oatmeal-Raisin Cupcakes, Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Winner Ron Bzdewka's cupcake is every bit as delicious as it is gorgeous. Judge Florian Bellanger compliments Ron, "You pick those two ingredients, oatmeal and orange, and I could find both of them in the cupcake."
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Wheat Germ and Ginger, Wasabi Cream, and Tuna Creme Fraiche Cupcakes

The wasabi cream filling and tuna creme fraiche topping are an ideal combination in this unique cupcake. Judge Bellanger also notes that the cake "goes very well with ginger."
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Almond Cake With Fig Filling and Maple Buttercream

Judge Nelson appreciates "the subtle flavor of the almond meal" in this cupcake, which is topped with a decadent maple frosting and patted with toasted almonds.
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