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Cupcake Wars, a competition show that airs on the Food Network, centers on the ever expanding world of cupcake baking. Four contestants are pitted against one another in a competition that leaves just one cupcake maker standing. The grand price is $10,000 on the opportunity to have their cupcakes featured at a major event.

Each week the cupcake makers are faced with a theme; often the theme correlates with an event that will feature the winning cupcakes. Before they can make it to the grand prize the contestants must battle through three rounds of judging. The first round challenges the four contestants to use theme-specific ingredients to create a tasty and unique cupcake. The esteemed panel of three culinary judges and one special guest judge base their judgement on the taste and texture of the cupcake alone.

At the end of the first round three of the four contestants advance, while one packs their pastry bags and heads home. The second round pits the contestants in a race against the clock. They must create three, unique and theme-decorated cupcakes the judges to try. At the end of round two only two contestants advance to the final round.

The final round forces the contestants to bake 1,000, full-decorated cupcakes in just two hours. The bakers are given 5 assistants to help the cupcake creations come to life and a carpentry team to create a themed display case. The final round is based on taste, decoration and the display idea as well. At the end of the show one contestant is chosen as the winner. They receive a $10,000 check and their cupcakes are hauled over to whichever special event the show features that week where they are given the chance to meet influential people in the culinary world.

The show is currently in its 6th season and has pulled bakers from all walks of life. Award-winning chefs are pitted against caterers and start-up businesses alike. Some episodes have also featured diet specific chefs including vegan and gluten-free specialty bakers. The bakers compete for the pride, prize money and notoriety that comes from winning cupcake wars.

Monday 8:00 PM et/pt on Food Network
11 Seasons, 128 Episodes - Currently Airing
June 15, 2010
Food, Reality
5.7/10
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Cupcake Wars Full Episode Guide

  • Drake Bell, Lori Greiner, Bob Harper and Heather Morris prepare cupcakes for a bash celebrating Roald Dahl's classic tale "Matilda."

  • Celebrity contestants include Hannah Hart and Grace Helbig, Coolio, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Molly Sims in a showdown to have their cupcakes displayed at a blowout bash celebrating the 50th anniversary of the game Twister.

  • Medieval Times is honored by Yvette Nicole Brown, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Carson Kressley and Vanessa Marano when the star bakers contend to have their cupcakes featured at a 30th anniversary blowout bash for the company.

  • Stars Adrienne Bailon, Jessica Bermudez, Charlie and Max Carver, Ron Funches, Katherine McNamara and Emeraude Toubia battle to make show-stopping cupcakes for a festivity honoring comic book rock icons Josie and the Pussycats.

  • Get ready for cute overload as Shawn Johnson, NeNe Leakes,Lamorne Morris and Johnny Weir wage a celebrity cupcake war for the opportunity to have their artwork at the center of a huge bash celebrating Hello Kitty. Fashion designer Betsey Johnson serves as guest judge with Florian Bellanger and Elizabeth Chambers and host Jonathan Bennett.

  • Perez Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Lea Thompson and Nick Young compete for cupcake dominance and fight to have their cupcakes at the center of a party honoring the nation's champion cheerleaders and their coaches. Kristine Cather, director of marketing for the United Spirit Association, joins judges Florian Bellanger and Elizabeth Chambers and host Jonathan Bennett to help determine which celebrity wins.

  • A couple of unsuspecting grown up bakers find that they've been pitted against two kid cupcake prodigies as they battle to have their cupcakes displayed at a bash celebrating the DC Super Hero Girls.

  • Four bakers battle in a bid to have their cupcakes spotlighted at the center of a bash celebrating Cirque du Soleil.

  • It's an all-star cupcake showdown as celebrities Greer Grammar, Maria Menounos, AJ Michalka and Tamera Mowry battle it out to prove that their cupcakes reign supreme. These four stars will have to shine bright to have their cupcakes featured at a galactic blowout celebrating the end of astronaut Scott Kelly's one-year mission in orbit, the longest in history! Bobak Ferdowski from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is on hand to choose which celebrity wins bragging rights and a donation to their charity of choice.

  • Celebrity competitors Joey Lawrence, Holly Madison, Matthew Moy and Dita Von Teese make cupcakes for a bash celebrating the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

  • Celebrity contestants Mel B, Mayim Bialik, Andy Dick and Jennie Garth contest for the chance to have their cupcakes displayed at a bash celebrating Atari.

  • Four kid bakers compete to have their cupcakes shine at a Scooby Doo party.

Most Popular Cupcake Wars Episodes

  • Season 11 Episode 6 Celebrity: Matilda 8/15/2016
  • Season 1 Episode 9 Vintage Cupcakes 8/02/2010

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