Monday, July 26, 2010
Cupcakes are all over my TV right now. With the premiere of two shows this summer, cupcakes are proving to be the most-watched food as opposed to just the most-popular dessert.
Cupcake Wars on The Food Network is a show about cupcake bakers competing to win $10,000 and the title of Cupcake Wars champion. There are eight episodes, with two remaining. The Food Network has already picked up Cupcake Wars for a second season and I've seen lots of bakeries tweeting about auditions.
My favorite part about Cupcake Wars is the exposure that all of the cupcake shops are getting. I like learning about different shops around the country. That way, if I've ever in, let's say, Gilbert, AZ, I will know The Coffee Shop will be the place to go.
One cool thing The Food Network is doing is publishing the recipes for some of the cupcakes featured on Cupcake Wars. Look no further for the recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Sour Cream, Maple Cream Cheese, Strawberry, and Bacon Breakfast Cupcake.
The second show that premiered this summer is DC Cupcakes on TLC. The show follows two sisters who own a popular cupcake shop in Washington, D.C. called Georgetown Cupcake. Their cupcake shop sells 5,000 cupcakes a day! Holy cow!
Although this show may not be that interesting to some people, I'm really interested in learning about how a cupcake shop is run. I also like seeing that even though they are a successful business, they still have small, everyday problems that most stores have to.
DC Cupcakes premiered July 16, but I'm unsure how many episodes there will be. My suggestion to TLC is to follow a different cupcake shop each season, if they plan on extending the show.