The BEST episodes of Cupcake Wars

Every episode of Cupcake Wars ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Cupcake Wars!

It’s cupcake vs. cupcake in Food Network’s tastiest competition yet! Each week on Cupcake Wars, four of the country’s top cupcake bakers face off in three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains. The sweet prize: $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at the winning gig. Whether a special Ace of Cakes anniversary celebration, a star-studded magazine party or an A-list celebrity golf tournament, these Cupcakes Wars really heat up. Candace Nelson (owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner of online macaroon company MadMac) serve as permanent judges with a third rotating judge each week, and Justin Willman hosts.

Last Updated: 1/6/2024Network: Food NetworkStatus: Ended
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Cupcake Champions: Glee
star
8.80
5 votes

#1 - Cupcake Champions: Glee

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/28/2012

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Cupcake Champions: Grande Finale
star
8.75
4 votes

#2 - Cupcake Champions: Grande Finale

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/10/2012

It's the final leg of the Cupcake Champions Series and four bakers will put it all on the line for a chance to be named the ultimate cupcake champion and win $50,000! They will also serve their cupcakes at an exclusive party in New York City celebrating the release of Food Network's Cupcake app.

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American Music Awards
star
8.60
5 votes

#3 - American Music Awards

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/15/2012

Four returning Cupcake Wars champions fight to present their cupcakes to music's biggest celebrities at the after party for the American Music Awards.

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Ice House
star
8.45
11 votes

#4 - Ice House

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/8/2011

Four creative cupcake bakers go head to head for the chance to serve some of Hollywood's legends of laughter at the 50th anniversary of the Ice House comedy club.

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L.A. Bridal Bash
star
8.31
13 votes

#5 - L.A. Bridal Bash

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/12/2013

Four teams of mother-daughter bakers fight to have their delicious cupcakes at the center of a Los Angeles bridal bash, hosted by legendary high-end wedding planner Kristin Banta. The winner also walks away with $10,000.

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Dodgers Cupcakes
star
8.29
7 votes

#6 - Dodgers Cupcakes

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/26/2011

Four cupcake bakers will face off for the chance to have their cupcakes featured at a celebration honoring the world renowned LA Dodgers at a VIP party at the stadium.

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Survival of the Fittest
star
8.14
21 votes

#7 - Survival of the Fittest

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/6/2010

Four creative cupcake bakers battle it out for the chance to have their over-the-top sugar displays featured at an L.A. museum. Contestants include: Lisa Cowden of Lulu’s Cupcakes (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Wendy Jones of Whodidily Cupcakes (Santa Barbara, Calif.), MaryAnne Tongko of Cupcakes & Co (Burbank, Calif.) and Jeff Martin of Smallcakes (Overland Park, Kan.).

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The Nutcracker
star
8.10
10 votes

#8 - The Nutcracker

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/4/2011

Four talented bakers compete to have their cupcakes at the opening night party for the New York City Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker.

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Annie the Musical
star
8.00
3 votes

#9 - Annie the Musical

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/5/2013

The sun will come out tomorrow, but four bakers had better get their cupcakes out faster than that if they want to make it to the great white way! They'll fight for the chance to have their cupcakes at the center of a party celebrating the revival of Annie The Musical, with producer Sally Horchow as the guest judge. The winner walks away with $10,000.

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Aloha Cupcakes
star
8.00
2 votes

#10 - Aloha Cupcakes

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/17/2013

Four bakers will have to "lei" it all on the line if they want to win the chance to serve their cupcakes at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival in Oahu.

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Adam Sandler’s Hotel Transylvania
star
8.00
4 votes

#11 - Adam Sandler’s Hotel Transylvania

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired 10/14/2012

It’s going to get scary as the bakers fight for the chance to be featured at a celebrity-studded party celebrating the release of Adam Sandler’s animated film, Hotel Transylvania.

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Star Wars
star
8.00
2 votes

#12 - Star Wars

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired 9/9/2012

The bakers vie for the chance to serve their cupcakes at a VIP party celebrating the beloved Star Wars franchise.

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Kristin Cavallari's Baby Shower
star
8.00
2 votes

#13 - Kristin Cavallari's Baby Shower

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 8/12/2012

Television star Kristin Cavallari will be expecting great cupcakes as four talented bakers compete to serve their sweet treats at her star-studded baby shower.

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Tony Hawk
star
8.00
4 votes

#14 - Tony Hawk

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/8/2012

Four cupcake artists vie to have their sweets served at Tony Hawk's Stand Up for Skateparks benefit in LAs Vegas.

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Final Cup(cakes)
star
8.00
3 votes

#15 - Final Cup(cakes)

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/8/2012

Four cupcake bakers try to score their way into the celebration of the Major League Soccer Cup Finals.

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Jennette McCurdy Country Cupcakes
star
8.00
7 votes

#16 - Jennette McCurdy Country Cupcakes

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 9/13/2011

Four talented bakers will vie for the chance to have their cupcake creations take center stage at an exclusive party celebrating the record release for iCarly and country music star Jennette McCurdy.

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Work Of Art
star
8.00
8 votes

#17 - Work Of Art

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/19/2011

Four talented cupcake makers will go head to head in hopes of having their cupcake creations at the center of an exclusive party for the Festival of Arts, where paintings and statues comes to life.

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Angry Birds
star
8.00
5 votes

#18 - Angry Birds

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 7/29/2012

Four competitors compete to have their cupcakes featured at a huge kickoff party for the Angry Birds Space app in Seattle.

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Good Cause Cupcakes
star
7.90
10 votes

#19 - Good Cause Cupcakes

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/20/2010

Four artistic bakers vie for the chance to have their cupcakes featured at a charity event. Contestants include: Rebecca Grammer-Ybarra of Suite 106 Cupcakery (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Kara Haspel Lind of Kara’s Cupcakes (San Francisco), Ivey Childers of Ivey Cakes (Franklin, Tenn.) and Lisa Donahue of For Heavens Cakes (Thousand Oaks, Calif.).

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Valentine's Day
star
7.88
8 votes

#20 - Valentine's Day

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/8/2011

Four talented cupcake bakers vie for the chance to have their delicious displays featured at a romantic ocean-side wine tasting for couples, with romance icon, Fabio, as the special guest judge.

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Tony Awards
star
7.88
8 votes

#21 - Tony Awards

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/12/2011

Four cupcake bakers, who have all won Cupcake Wars in the past, return to the battlefield for another shot at victory and a chance to serve Broadway's brightest at a VIP party for the 65th Annual Tony Awards

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Cupcake Champions: Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark
star
7.86
7 votes

#22 - Cupcake Champions: Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/14/2012

Kicking off the Champions series, our first four bakers compete for the chance to serve their super hero cupcakes at a VIP party for the most talked about show on Broadway, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.

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Kentucky Derby
star
7.80
10 votes

#23 - Kentucky Derby

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/14/2011

It will be a real horse race when four talented cupcake bakers vie for the chance to have their delicious displays featured at the red carpet celebration for the famed Kentucky Derby.

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Match.com
star
7.80
10 votes

#24 - Match.com

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/16/2013

Love is in the air as four bakers battle for the chance to bring their cupcakes to one of Match.com's exclusive Stir Events in Los Angeles. To get there, they must first tackle a difficult taste challenge -- to unite men's favorite foods like cheeseburgers or jalapeno poppers, with women's favorites like chamomile and chocolate covered strawberries, to make a cupcake match made in heaven. The winner will also take home a $10,000 prize.

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Rock of Ages
star
7.80
10 votes

#25 - Rock of Ages

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/8/2012

Get ready to rock as four cupcake bakers battle to take the stage at the Los Angeles opening of the Broadway smash hit "Rock of Ages."

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