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.
The wild world of Tim Burton had all of our cupcake bakers very inspired this week, and it also brought out the absinthe, blood orange and currant flavors in round one. Bravo to Nancy for making the first fruitcake I’ve ever really enjoyed. Tiffany did well with her absinthe and goat cheese frosting, though it was dripping off the side. Lori’s textures were lovely, but missing red currant flavor. Bayah did something different by working with tapioca, but her filling didn’t set in time and turned the inside of her cupcake to goo. We were sorry to see her go because her green fairy was a hint of her decorating talents, which we definitely could have used in round two, where both Nancy and Tiffany ended up playing it safe.
Nancy’s cupcakes were delicious, whereas Tiffany had major execution issues; Tiffany was the next to go in round two. In the final round, Nancy and Lori took two very different directions: dark and creepy versus fun, colorful and quirky. Two very strong bakers and two amazing displays. It was a tough decision at the judges’ table, but ultimately Lori’s consistent cupcakes and her fantastical display landed her the win.
Bake the winning cupcake recipe: Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes With Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting