Cupcake Wars on Food Network

Last Summer when I was going to the dentist every other week for filings and cleanings and what nots, it was such a guilty pleasure to curl up on the couch and watch the most amazing reality show for sweet toothers I’ve ever seen.

Cupcake Wars pits four teams against each other in three rounds with one team getting knocked out after each round. The cupcakes made usually use really outrageous ingredients like salmon or potato or cavier. There are always some rather strange sounding cupcakes but that look oh so very delicious!

There are three rounds: taste; taste and presentation; and finally baking 1000 cupcakes to put on a display.

Round 1: The taste round. Four teams have 45 minutes to choose their ingredients which are associated with a particular theme and bake one cupcake for each judge to taste.

Key Lime Cupcakes with Key Lime Curd with Popping Candy (Season 6 Episode 1)

Round 2: Taste and Presentation. With one team knocked out, three themes must make three cupcakes which meet the requirements for taste and presentation.

Cinnamon and Bacon Cupcake (Season 1 Episode 1)

Round 3: The Big One! 2 teams must work with assistants to bake 1000 cupcakes in 2 hours based on the cakes from round two that they will make changes to, as well as designing a display for the cupcakes.

Display for Tim Burton Themed Bake-Off

The winner of the cupcake wars will have their cakes displayed at the event.

Florian Bellanger, Candace Nelson, host Justin Willman

The judges are: Candace Nelson from Sprinkles, Florian Bellanger, and a guest  judge.

Recipes for the cupcakes can be found on the Food Network site


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