Happy Birthday: Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes on Cupcake Wars

21 Oct


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Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes has been in business for just one year, but has already gathered over three thousand, um, hardcore Facebook fans.  And, you can consider us one of those fans.  Both Nicole and Jeremy Braddock, a husband and wife team, make some of the most amazing cupcakes in Connecticut.  While they might bake their cupcakes out of the John Bale Book Store (they are now the owners!) in Waterbury, they also like to bring the cupcakes to you.  How?  Well, with their food truck of course!  But, look, their cupcakes aren’t like pop or boy band flavors, we are talking genuine hardcore thrash amazing.    Here are just some (see the full list here) of their flavors, many that are even vegan:

24 Karat: The classic with carrots and pineapple topped with cream cheese frosting and candied carrot curly-Q and a dash of edible gold

Cinnamon Roll: A vanilla cake has swirls of brown sugar and cinnamon, and topped with a cinnamon crust, and dolloped with a cinnamon buttercream .

Queen Bee: A lemon cake, with a lemon glaze drizzle has a honey almond cream cheese frosting and shaved almonds.

Southern Belle: Red Velvet cake with hints of cocoa and classic cream cheese frosting.

American Pie: An apple cinnamon cake is filled with Onyx moonshine reduced apples and brown sugar, and    then topped with a whipped vanilla bean buttercream, and pie crust crumble.

Aphrodisiac: This dark chocolate fudge cake is filled with a dark chocolate mousse, and then dipped in a Merlot Chocolate ganache and a fudge buttercream, and drizzled with a Merlot reduced syrup.

Baci: Angel Food cake is filled with a sweet nutella cream then topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Bananas Foster: Banana cake with a shot of rum, caramel buttercream and drizzle

Beer n’ Pretzel: Chocolate and Guinness stout cake with a chocolate ganache filling, chocolate beer buttercream frosting topped with salty, crunchy pretzels.

Betty White: White cake dipped in a white chocolate ganache and topped with a vanilla buttercream and adorned with white chocolate peppermint bark

Buckeye Cup: Rich chocolate cake with a hidden peanut butter buckeye candy in the center topped with a peanut butter buttercream, drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate.

Buddy Holly: An ode to Buddy’s favorite foods,  peanut butter sandwiches and fried okra, this is a vanilla cupcake, with a peanut butter filling, a vanilla bean buttercream with peanut butter drizzle, and fried okra ,with his signature glasses adorned

Burnin’ Love: Chocolate cake with a fresh banana pudding, and topped with a chocolate peanut butter frosting, and peanut butter drizzle.

Chicken n’ Waffles: Buttermilk-waffle white cake with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting topped with crispy fried chicken and waffle bits drizzled with maple syrup.

Cupacella: Ciao down on this chocolate hazelnut pancetta cake, filling of sweet diced apples and Nutella, with a sweet mascarpone frosting and crispy pancetta sprinkles.

Doc Marten: A New Castle Ale cake is filled with a Spotted Dick Sponge Pudding, then topped with an English Tea buttercream. 

Farmer’s Market: Fresh from the garden, this chocolate cake hides a full serving of veggies including carrots, zucchini, cauliflower and beets underneath a sweet cinnamon buttercream so the kids will never know it’s good for them!

Hardcore Sweet: A chocolate cake is filled with a chocolate mousse, and then dipped in a triple chocolate ganache, and swirled with a chocolate buttercream, and drizzled with a dark and white chocolate, then topped with our logo wafer.

Holy Cannoli: Ricotta and Marsala based cake, cannoli filling, mascarpone chocolate chip cream cheese frosting and cannoli shell sprinkles.

La Bamba: A tequila lime cupcake, is filled with a lime curd and topped with a tequila ancho chili buttercream.

Paula Deen: A butter pecans cake has a maple cream cheese frosting, and adorned with candied pecans and maple drizzle.

Ozzy: A dark chocolate bourbon cake, is filled with a caramel, pecan, and chocolate ganache- with another shot of bourbon. Topped with a chocolate buttercream, dark chocolate shavings and a salted caramel topping.

Thai Me Up: A coconut milk infused cake is filled with Thai spices and topped with a lemon grass Thai tea buttercream

Vromiko: Our baklava cupcake! A honey spiced cake filled in a phyllo dough crust hen filled with a walnut and pistachio mixture, and then topped with a honey cinnamon buttercream and phyllo straws.

Gorilla Biscuits (vegan): This banana cupcake is swirled with dark chocolate shavings, and topped with an all-natural peanut butter frosting and banana chips with a GB fondant topper.


With this kind of amazingly decadent and delicious variety, then, it really shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to hear that Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes will be competing on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars on 10/26 starting at 8 pm.  If they can beat the three other teams, then both Nicole and Jeremy could win $10,000.  That’s money that they can use to improve and expand their business.

Make sure to watch it live or set your DVRs…this is one episode that you won’t want to miss!  So, congratulations on one year in business and for being so hardcore.  Make sure to check out their site to see classes, events, and find out more about why Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes rocks so hard.

Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes 
20 Main Street
Oakville, CT

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One Response to “Happy Birthday: Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes on Cupcake Wars”


  1. CT Wins Big on Food Network w/ Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes + Chef Plum | OmNomCT - October 28, 2013

    […] an exciting weekend for Connecticut!  On Saturday, Waterbury based Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes was set to compete on Cupcake Wars on Food Network.  Then, a day later, Chef Plum of Plum Luv Foods […]


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