Cupcake Wars: Season 2

Next week, Season 2 of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network will begin. Tuesday, December 7 at 10:00pm ET/PT the show that some people love and some people hate will be back.You might remember my reaction wasn’t too favorable to this show when Season 1 began (read that here), I stopped watching after the first couple episodes.  I am hoping they have made a few changes to the show to improve it… I guess we’ll find out on December 7! (Well, actually, I’ll find out on Dec. 8 because on Dec. 7 I’ll be at the Cupcakes Take the Cake 6th Birthday Bash!)

My first thoughts on Season 2 though are this:  I’m not too impressed with the line up of bakers.  There seem to be a lot of California bakeries and not a very diverse representation of other shops from around the country and even the world.  I see NY, PA, and CA very well represented but I’d like to see a Pacific Northwest (there is Portland, but I’m thinking more like Washington) cupcake shop on the list.  Or maybe one form the mid-west or a smaller city.

I’ll give Season 2 a try.  But, I can’t guarantee I’ll go in with an open mind.  I’m already kinda jaded.

From the Food Network’s website:
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.

Thus far… here’s the schedule!

Episode 1 – December 7: “Tree Lighting”

Sugar Bakery – East Haven, CT
Crave Bakeshop – Portland, OR
The Spot Gourmet – Glendale, CA
Sweet Rachel Desserts – Los Angeles, CA

Episode 2 – December 21: “LA Kings”

Mission Mini’s – San Francisco, CA
Cakeology – Boston, MA
Parties by Panahce – Los Angeles, CA
Auntie Em’s Kitchen – Los Angeles, CA

Episode 3 – December 28: “Hard Rock”

Bruce’s Bakery – Brooklyn, NY
Cupcake and Cookie – Los Angeles, CA
Mini Bakery – Los Angeles
Sweet Freedom Bakery – Philadelphia, PA

3 thoughts on “Cupcake Wars: Season 2

  1. I want to give you a little BAYKAH insight to this show…
    I’ve been asked twice to come to LA to film, but it takes 4 days. I am a small shop. I can’t close for 4 days. THEN you have to return to DO the actual event IF YOU WIN. AND you have to send all your materials you need (because they give you a very small budget for ingredients).
    I talked to a bakery who did participate, but didn’t win, and said it cost them 8K all together because they had to ship all their stuff (from across the country); hence all the CALI bakeries.
    The show has potential, but I see a conflict of interest with ONE of the judges who still owns a VERY successful cupcake shop of her own…..

  2. I was super excited for the show at first, but am SO over Candace Nelson and the host and the French guy (who they only seem to subtitle when you CAN understand him) that I made it through one episode and wandered away.

    Probably won’t bother with Season 2.

  3. One thing I hate about this show is the editing. Right on the first minute of the show you already know who is the winner because stupid people doing the editing already show the winner cupcakes and the display so you know who wins. Every time I see that I want to slap the person responsible for editing, that right there ruins the show for me.

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