Cupcake Wars: A Sweet Ride

by in Shows, January 26th, 2011
Kim managed to make her delicious auto-themed cupcakes look cool and sleek. "Quite a feat!" says Candace.

Cupcake Wars judge Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. She joins us on the FN Dish each week to recap all the sweet details of the competition from her seat at the judges’ table. Here’s what she had to say about last night’s episode, LA Auto Show.

Cupcakes and cars are an unexpected pairing, and this week’s Cupcake Wars produced anything but expected results!

Kory stalled in the first round, producing a plain vanilla cupcake without any frosting. It was hard for me to believe that with a table overflowing with gas station goodies like nachos, cola and licorice, there wasn’t a single challenge ingredient incorporated into his cupcake! It’s a shame, but it was clear Kory had to go.

In round two, each contestant gave a very different spin on the car theme – Kim went futuristic with silver foil liners and a personalized fondant license plate. Evelyn went cheeky with fuzzy dice and whitewalls, though Brendan thought they were too kitschy for true car enthusiasts. Glenn went classic with an orange cupcake, a woody with surfboard and a whitewall tire cupcake cleverly positioned on its side. We were all a little confused about the orange theme but we hoped he planned to tie it all together in round three. We said goodbye to Evelyn.

Kim and Glenn's auto show displays were both impressive, but Kim's nailed just the right look.

In the third challenge, Glenn’s vintage filling station certainly told a beautiful story, but we find it too quaint for the gearheads at the Auto Show. Kim’s display was a striking mix of lights and chrome, which tied in perfectly to the look of her cupcakes and the theme of the day. She managed to make cupcakes look cool and sleek…quite a feat! Kim drives off with the win!

Bake up a batch of Kim’s winning Caramel Apple Cupcakes and check out FoodNetwork.com for more about Cupcake Wars, plus dozens of our best cupcake recipes.

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Comments (8)

  1. Michelle says:

    Will someone please explain the difference between cake flour and all purpose flour, and why AP flour seems to be used in most of these cupcake recipes? Thanks!

  2. Anne says:

    I did not think Kim should have won, Glenn's display was MUCH better, I am sick of watching the people with the better displays lose. I do not enjoy watching the show anymore

    • Megan says:

      anne you are so wrong, both displays were awesome, but its not all about the end display, its about the full performance and by far kim had the better tasting cupcakes

  3. Linda says:

    Seriously, the guys from AZ totally embarrassed our state. They hinted to the local media that they won or at least came in second. And they said that you guys wanted them back? They couldn't even bake a cupcake AND with all the media coverage that they have received, no one has seen them do more than frost a cupcakes. They are clearly not bakers.

  4. Debbie says:

    I'm not sure if anyone has asked this question before. I'm sorry if you've already answered it but….we were wondering what happens to the cupcakes and display that were not chosen for the event?

  5. Wendy says:

    I love this episode!… "Cheese poofs?! This is no cheese poof!"

  6. Carol says:

    I am so disappointed with the food network you should change that to the sweet food network, you ruin so many nights between the cakes and the cupcakes I just turn the channel Is it too much to hope that people will actually cook meat and vegetables so we at home can try to copy their food. the cakes leave so much to be desired I wouldn't eat most of them much less attempt to make them.

  7. Danielle says:

    Where does it say the cupcakes get thrown away? It's such a shame! They should be donated to a school, hospital or soup kitchen!! What a waste!

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