Cupcake Wars: Bringing Down the (Ice) House

by in Shows, March 9th, 2011
Doron's winning cupcakes, like her "cracked-up strawberry" (center), were delicious AND funny.

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 Season Two’s final episode, Ice House.

I can’t imagine anything harder than being asked to make a cupcake funny! But, our cupcake bakers this week were up to the challenge and I was absolutely tickled by the results. Starting with Round One, Doron used seltzer water in her chocolate cupcake, which led to a fabulously fluffy texture. Mona brought in an entirely new flavor, saffron, which, in Persian culture, is said to make you laugh. Alina created a fun take on a jello shot in cupcake form. And Kim made us a yummy coconut and kiwi cupcake, but the kiwi tripped her up—beware of the kiwi, bakers!—and she was asked to go.

In Round Two, our bakers threw themselves into the task. Doron was gutsy by working with kiwi after it had just sent Kim home. But she pulled it off beautifully and her decorations, which included a word bloop and a “cracking up” strawberry were funny! Most importantly, I couldn’t even tell her cupcakes were vegan! Mona worked with rich, European flavors and the overall theme “they’re all a little nuts” was lots of fun. Alina also did a good job, but her decorations were not on par with the competition.

Candace and her fellow judges loved Doron's fun, campy igloo display.

In Round Three, Doron and Mona went head-to-head and delivered two completely opposing displays. Doron literally created an ice house/igloo in her campy, fun style, whereas Mona kept it serious and luxurious with a red velvet and gold vaudeville-style display. In the end, Doron captured the quirky offbeat feel that is the Icehouse Comedy Club and baked us wonderfully delicious cupcakes all day. She was our Cupcake Wars winner!

Bake up a batch of Doron’s winning Gilbert Ganache-Fried Cupcakes and check out for more about Cupcake Wars, plus dozens of our best cupcake recipes.


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Comments (22)

  1. Kris says:

    Mona was robbed!

  2. Kevin says:

    Alina got robbed !!!!

  3. Roxy says:

    Hey!!!! PLEASE see about casting KC's Babycakes from Mandeville, LA (New Orleans area)!!! I loooooove their cupcakes. They truly are one-of-a-kind. Can't be beat! Everytime I watch the show I envision KC there beating the pants off the other contestants. Her buttercreams are to die for!

  4. Patrick Duggan says:

    Alina was sooooooooo much better than any of the other contestants… her cupcakes are bomb!

  5. burgers says:

    This show not so great

  6. Meaghan says:

    I just want to say thank you Food Network for finally putting vegans on TV! I was so happy to see fellow vegans advocating for ethical and yummy treats! I wish vegans and vegan dishes were represented more on TV both for the challenge, the awareness, and the taste!

  7. Ashely says:

    I want to try to make these cupcakes : D

  8. Melia says:

    I wanted Alina and Mona to be the final two.

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