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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
10 Seasons, 122 Episodes - Currently Airing
Food, Reality
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Cupcake Wars Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

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