Papa Ganache of Matawan Wins 'Cupcake Wars'

The vegan bakery got to serve a variety of their cupcakes during a People's Choice Award after party.

Papa Ganache of Matawan out-baked the competition during The Food Network's Cupcake Wars, earning the vegan bakery $10,000 and the opportunity to feed hungry stars at the People Choice Awards after party.

Papa Ganache faced off against 21 Cakes of Arizona, Sweet Magnolia Bakery of Minnesota and Sweet Dreamery Desserts of Los Angeles in hopes of winning over the judges with their creative recipes and artistic presentation. There were three rounds of competition with one bakery eliminated at a time.

In the final round, Papa Ganache and Sweet Magnolia Bakery were the only two left standing. They were challenged with baking 1,000 cupcakes in two hours and arranging them on a platform they designed for the after party. 

With three sparkling silhouettes representing film, movie and television at the top of Papa Ganache's platform, the vegan bakery claimed the spotlight with their People-Choice-Award-themed cupcakes. 

The episode aired on Sunday, April 21. 

Papa Ganache owner Lisa Siroti was first contacted by the show last summer when she was asked to submit an audition tape. 

"We sent it in and the producers loved us. They invited us to go to war," she said with a laugh.

Although they knew the show was interested, they didn't know when or which challenge they would be asked to participate in. In early November, however, Papa Ganache got the call to battle.

"It was all in the middle of Hurricane Sandy," Siroti said, noting that the two competing chefs had to drive to Ohio just to catch a plane to Los Angeles. 

Fans of the bakery took to their Facebook page Sunday night to congratulate them on winning "Cupcake Wars."

"Thanks for all the delicious cup cakes and for putting our small town on the map. You deserve the win," one customer wrote on their page.

Tell us: What's your favorite treat at Papa Ganache?

LBK April 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Yeah Papa Ganache for winning Cup Cake Wars on Foid Network!! I have had theirchocolate cake & cupcakes and they were amazing!!! You definetly deserved to win!!!!
lisa mcmillen April 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Congrats papa ganache!
Mrs. B April 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Great job guys! I will continue to be a happy satisfied customer and I'm so happy for you.
Shelley Stack April 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM
I'd love to come in and give congrats to Amy, the baker who won....can I do that??
matthew walch April 22, 2013 at 02:04 PM
unfortunately shelley that wont be possible since amy and justin were both let go a few weeks prior to the tv show airing. Amy now works at Confections of a rock$tar
Shelley Stack April 22, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Matthew, oh no! That's a loss for Papa Ganache, but a great win for Amy's new place. I actually haven't been to PG in the past few weeks, I was planning to stop in this week, I wonder if my favorites aren't quite the same.
Donovan Dixon April 22, 2013 at 03:45 PM
This rules for Amy and Justin. Definitely going to stop by the shop and congratulate them!
Meaghan M April 22, 2013 at 03:51 PM
So excited for Amy and Justin on their win! PG is extremely lucky to have them, can't wait to visit the shop and see them!
Heather Valdes April 22, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I am SO thrilled for Amy and Justin!!! Their vegan stuff is absolutely devine. They so deserve this win!
Angie Horn April 22, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Why aren't Amy and Justin mentioned in this article?
Rich Loch April 22, 2013 at 06:17 PM
I agree with Angie. Amy and Justin made it happen.
Catherine Anta April 22, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Amy and Justin handled the competition like pros. I wish they would come bake in North Jersey. :)
Tom Shanks April 22, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Amy and Justin are the best! I have to come by the shop sometime to grab some cupcakes!
Riki April 22, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Wow! Congrats to Amy and Justin! They are so great :) Too bad they aren't there anymore. They should come to the south ~
matthew walch April 22, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Again amy and justin no longer work at PG they were let go a few weeks before the show last night. Amy currently works at Confections of a Rock$tar in asbury park I am unsure if justin is there with her.
Riki April 23, 2013 at 12:32 AM
matthew - why would Papa Ganache let the episode air and then claim they won the competition if they let go the chefs who won it?? That sounds really shady.
Angie Horn April 23, 2013 at 01:29 AM
WHERE ARE AMY AND JUSTIN? We should write to Food Network. Something doesn't sound right. Why should the bakery get all the glory for winning? And then not to give credit to the bakers? The newspaper needs to find them to set the record straight. I always thought the chefs/bakers won the prize money on these types of shows, not the bakery.
VeganVinnie April 23, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Papa G's is excellent, i couldn't care less who's in the kitchen churning out their dynamite product.
Lil April 23, 2013 at 03:21 AM
You'll have to go to Confections of a Rock Star in Asbury Park to get that award winning cupcake. They were both let go a few weeks prior to the airing of the show. The firing had nothing to do with their work and everything to do with them winning the show, if you can believe that. So please go show them some love and stop in to Confections.
Lil April 23, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Angie, the bakers DO win the prize money. But please feel free to ask their former employers your question. I'd love to hear their answer.
Amber R April 23, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Credit should definitely be given to the 2 hardworking bakers, Amy and Justin. I'm so excited for them and can't wait to come by the shop and try some of their cupcakes!
Chelsea Conklin April 23, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I want to know why the writer Chelsea Naso is failing to respond to requests for credit given to Amy and Justin. I would say this is bad reporting and a failure to provide the facts to what should be a really wonderful story.
VeganVinnie April 24, 2013 at 03:17 AM
The article doesn't mention 'prize money.'
Angie Horn April 25, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Where did my last post go?
Angie Horn April 25, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Maybe it was some kind of glitch. I posted this before but it was gone, so here it is again. Thank you Amy Loch and Justin Rodriguez, the creators of the award-winning recipes, for doing New Jersey proud! We all needed a pick-me-up after that dreadful hurricane! I wish you two continued success in all you do. I found Amy Loch at Confections of a Rock$tar in Asbury Park. Gook luck. You're a doll.
Janet E April 25, 2013 at 05:31 AM
I hope that prize money was split three ways ... it almost sounds as though they were let go so that it wouldn't have to be ...
Angie Horn April 27, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Sure seems that way, Janet. But then again things are always as they seem. It was the talent of those two bakers, not the bakery's, that won that competition. I've spoken to other bakers/chefs and they all say that it's the person competing and not the restaurant/bakery that wins the money. So, I'm confident that the right people got the prize money. They certainly deserve it.
Marianne Kalescky April 27, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Amy and Justin are the winners...saw it with my own eyes. Too bad the bakery had to be so cheeky in trying to steal the limelight and take all the credit that they did NOT earn!!!
Angie Horn April 27, 2013 at 03:29 PM
I agree, Marianne. I record all the Cupcake War episodes. I watched this one again last night. That sweetheart, Amy, plugged the bakery at least 5 times throughout the show, not to mention she and her partner wore t-shirts with the bakery's name on it. You would think the LEAST the bakery would do is give them credit for winning. After all, THEY won. The bakery would have nothing to brag about if it wasn't for them. I also want to know if the editor bothered to contact Amy and Justin for statement before printing this article.
Jessica T April 28, 2013 at 01:07 AM
I went to Papa Ganache today and the cupcakes didn't taste as good as the last time I was there. I went on their facebook page and saw that Amy and Justin were no longer working there. Then I found this article. I'm so disappointed! Unfortunately, Confections of a Rock$tar is not a vegan bakery. I saw that they sell one vegan cupcake but that's not worth the hour it would take me to drive there. :-(


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