WCL: Windy City LIVE's 'Cupcake Wars'

Cupcakes are all the rage these days -- with specialty bakeries popping up across the country and Chicago. Candace Nelson started the cupcake craze when she opened Sprinkles Cupcakes, the very first cupcake bakery. She's also a judge on the Food Network's hit show called "Cupcake Wars."

Candace talks about the one year anniversary of Sprinkles Chicago location and serves as judge for Windy City LIVE's own cupcake war between WCL viewers Ronald Martin from Hyde Park; Angela Lott from Merrillville, Ind.; and JoAnne Krall from Bartlett.

Sprinkles Cupcakes: sprinkles.com

Cupcake Wars : foodnetwork.com/cupcake-wars


Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world's first cupcake bakery. Started in Beverly Hills in 2005, Candace's sophisticated take on the classic American cupcake made Sprinkles an overnight bakery sensation. Candace's cupcakes, made from the best ingredients and baked fresh throughout the day, inspire long lines of devoted fans as well as accolades from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, Ryan Seacrest and Barbra Streisand. Today, Sprinkles has eight locations across the U.S. and a traveling Sprinklesmobile, sells its cupcake mixes at Williams-Sonoma stores in the U.S. and Canada, and has inspired a worldwide cupcake-bakery phenomenon.

Candace is a judge on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, and has been a contributor to The Best Thing I Ever Ate, as well as a judge on Bobby Flay's Cupcake Throwdown. Candace has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and has been profiled on the Today show, Nightline and in People magazine. Her cupcakes have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Candace is a graduate of Tante Marie's Professional Pastry Program in San Francisco and Wesleyan University.