Cupcake Wars

The WORST episodes of Cupcake Wars

Every episode of Cupcake Wars ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst 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: 5/12/2022Network: Food Network
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Classic Cupcake Challenge
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0.00
0 votes

#1 - Classic Cupcake Challenge

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/3/2010

Four creative bakers vie for the chance to have their cupcakes on display at a vintage-inspired event. Contestants include: Eileen Kerbel of Molly’s Cupcakes (Chicago), Farshid Hakim of La Provence Patisserie Café (Beverly Hills, Calif.), Lindsay Esparza of Cupcakes (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Jasmine Frank of Jazzy Cakes (Sherman Oaks, Calif.).

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Taylor Dayne's '80s Party
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6.00
1 votes

#2 - Taylor Dayne's '80s Party

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/30/2013

It's going to be, like, totally awesome when four bakers go back in time and battle it out for the chance to serve their cupcakes at a VIP kid's birthday party for '80s pop music icon, and guest judge, Taylor Dayne.

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Hot and Spicy Alma Awards
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6.40
67 votes

#3 - Hot and Spicy Alma Awards

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/27/2009

Cupcake Wars pits Cupcake vs. Cupcake in Food Network's tastiest competition yet. In this episode, 4 cupcake makers vie to have their treats presented at the Alma Awards. Based off of taste and presentation, only one will win the gig. We are about to put on our helmet, pick up our frosting gun and go to battle. The war is on!

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Saluting the USO
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6.67
6 votes

#4 - Saluting the USO

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/1/2012

Four past champions return and compete for a chance to serve their cupcakes at a black-tie gala celebrating the 70th anniversary of the USO.

Annie the Musical
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6.86
7 votes

#5 - 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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Tree People
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6.94
16 votes

#6 - Tree People

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/4/2011

Four creative cupcake bakers go head to head in hopes of having their cupcakes featured at the Tree Peoples' annual Harvest Moon Gala benefiting environmental conservation.

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Film Festival Faceoff
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6.97
33 votes

#7 - Film Festival Faceoff

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/27/2010

Four talented cupcake bakers battle it out for the chance to have their over-the-top sugar displays featured at a film festival. Contestants include: Arleen Scavone of Sweet Arleen’s (Westlake Village, Calif.), Stefanie Gaxiola of Red Velvet Stefanie (Los Angeles), Zoey Devall of Bee Sweet Bakery Cupcakes (New Orleans, La.) and Johnny Manganiotisof Mr. Cupcakes (Clifton, N.J.).

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Tree Lighting
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7.00
16 votes

#8 - Tree Lighting

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/7/2010

Four talented cupcake bakers vie for the chance to have their delicious displays featured at a star-studded holiday tree lighting ceremony in the heart of Hollywood.

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Wedding Planner
star
7.00
18 votes

#9 - Wedding Planner

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/11/2011

Four talented cupcake bakers vie for the chance to have their delicious displays featured amongst some of the wedding industry's most influential tastemakers, hosted by celebrity wedding planner, Mindy Weiss.

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LA Auto Show
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7.00
9 votes

#10 - LA Auto Show

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/25/2011

Four creative cupcake bakers go head to head in hopes of having their delicious displays featured amongst next year's coolest rides at the world-renowned LA Auto Show's exclusive preview night.

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Grammys
star
7.00
13 votes

#11 - Grammys

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/1/2011

Four Cupcake Wars veterans return to the battlefield for another shot at victory and a chance to serve the music industry's biggest stars at the Grammy's nominee concert.

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Going For Gold: Espys
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7.00
8 votes

#12 - Going For Gold: Espys

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/9/2011

Four amazing bakers will have to put their game faces on if they want to have their cupcakes eaten by the biggest names in sports at this year's ESPYS.

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Cupcakes for the Queen
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7.00
5 votes

#13 - Cupcakes for the Queen

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 8/19/2012

It will be a British Invasion of the sweet kind when four English bakers fight for the chance to have their cupcakes featured at an exclusive party celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Wizard of Oz
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7.14
29 votes

#14 - The Wizard of Oz

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/28/2013

There's no place like home as four cupcake bakers face off for the chance to celebrate the re-release of The Wizard of Oz and the $10,000 prize. The guest judge is legendary film critic, Leonard Maltin.

Country Music Awards
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7.20
5 votes

#15 - Country Music Awards

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/29/2012

Cupcakes go country as four returning bakers, who all lost in previous Cupcake Wars, come back to battle for redemption and a place at the star-studded after party for the Country Music Awards.

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L.A. Marathon
star
7.20
5 votes

#16 - L.A. Marathon

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

It's a race to the finish line as four cupcake bakers fight for a place at a VIP party celebrating the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon.

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The Honest Company
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7.20
40 votes

#17 - The Honest Company

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/7/2013

Four talented cupcake bakers fight to win over special guest judge Jessica Alba, as they face off for $10,000 and the chance to have their all-natural organic cupcakes at the center of a party launching the new headquarters for her brand, The Honest Company.

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Breeders' Cup
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7.20
5 votes

#18 - Breeders' Cup

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/28/2013

It's the mother of all horse races, as four cupcake bakers vie for the chance to have their cupcakes at the center of the legendary Breeders' Cup World Championships. To get there, they must win over guest judge Bo Derek, iconic actress, model and Breeders' Cup Ambassador. At stake is a $10,000 prize.

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Hanson
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7.22
18 votes

#19 - Hanson

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/19/2013

Four cupcake bakers fight to the finish for the chance at having their cupcakes at a concert and after party for the band Hanson and a $10,000 prize. To get there, they must win over three special guest judges: Isaac, Zac and Taylor Hanson!

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Vegan Bake-Off
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7.29
7 votes

#20 - Vegan Bake-Off

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/4/2012

In the first ever Cupcake Wars all-vegan showdown, four vegan bakers fight to have their cupcakes at the opening day celebration for the inaugural Los Angeles Green Festival.

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Miss USA
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7.33
9 votes

#21 - Miss USA

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

Four gifted cupcake makers will compete to be crowned the winner and have their cupcake creations take center stage at a huge party celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.

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Kate Walsh's Billionaire Boyfriend
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7.33
3 votes

#22 - Kate Walsh's Billionaire Boyfriend

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/15/2012

The bakers compete for the opportunity to serve cupcakes at a VIP party celebrating the release of “Private Practice” star Kate Walsh’s fragrance, Billionaire Boyfriend. Kate Walsh judges.

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Aquarium of the Pacific
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7.36
22 votes

#23 - Aquarium of the Pacific

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/23/2013

Four cupcake bakers vie for the chance to bring their cupcakes to a celebration of Explorer's Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific. To get there, they must first face down the taste challenge: create a delicious cupcake out of sustainable seafood! Oceanographer, Captain Don Walsh, helps determine which baker will take the $10,000 prize.

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AFI Young Hollywood
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7.38
16 votes

#24 - AFI Young Hollywood

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/1/2011

Four gifted cupcake bakers battle for the chance to rub elbows with some of the hottest stars of the silver screen and have their cupcakes featured at the American Film Institute's Young Hollywood Party.

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Ace of Cakes 100th Episode
star
7.38
52 votes

#25 - Ace of Cakes 100th Episode

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/29/2010

Four talented cupcake bakers vie for the chance to have their sweets displayed at an anniversary party for Ace of Cakes’ 100th episode. Cake-master Duff Goldman shares his expertise as a guest judge and contestants include: Jessica Cuff of The Coffee Shop (Gilbert, Ariz.), Michael Centimore of Cupcake Charlies (Mashpee, Mass.), Alyssa Magliato of The Perfect Circle Cupcakery (Orange, Calif.) and Erica Tucker of Sweet E’s Bake Shop (Los Angeles).

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