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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 this week’s episode.
Who knew that baseball and cupcakes could go well together? This week’s Dodgers-themed Cupcake Wars was one of our most exciting, bringing out the competitive side in all our bakers. From Erik’s pan-fried churro cupcake to Vista’s cotton-candy buttercream, Florian and I were amazed at our bakers’ cutting-edge, creative ideas. Therese pulled out all the stops, too, with her churro-hot dog creation — risky, but unfortunately not tasty.
In round two, Vista wowed us again with her coconut “slider” cupcake — the first of its kind on the show — an incredibly clever new cupcake form. However, her other two cupcakes had serious recipe issues.
In round three, the excitement continued when we were faced with an entirely new situation: Erik clearly did not have 1,000 cupcakes on his display; he had simply run out of time. While this is usually cause for disqualification, when we counted Courtney’s cupcakes, she was shy of 1,000 cupcakes, too. Miraculously, the issue was removed from consideration and Erik was saved. In the end, Courtney’s cupcakes and simple baseball display captured the spirit of the Dodgers most perfectly and she went home as the winner.
Bake the winning cupcake recipe: Chocolate Porter Cupcakes With Ganache, Caramel Corn Crunch and Toasted Meringue