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The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made 

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Updated March 27, 2020 589 votes 142 voters 5.7k views 19 items

List Rules The competitive baking television series where the contestants bake to win.

It’s almost impossible to turn on a television these days and not find a reality television program of some sort, especially a cooking competition. One of the many popular sub-genres of the competitive reality cooking show are baking competition shows. These are programs made to challenge people’s skills at baking against one another to claim their place in the annals of television history!

Many of these competitions involve taking professionals who work every day in the field, but some do include talented home baking enthusiasts. Whatever their skill level, baking competition shows force contestants to create amazing works of edible art that make us watching at home feel wholly inadequate in comparison. After all, what good is a two-layer marble cake that took three hours to bake when someone on TV manages to create 1,000 cupcakes in the same amount of time? Watching people bake is something the whole world seems to enjoy, with the UK (The Great British Bake Off ), the US (The American Baking Competition) and even Australia (Zumbo's Just Desserts) spending time in the kitchen.

There truly are tons of examples of this genre, but not all baking competition shows are as delicious as the objects they create. There’s so much to choose from, but there are a few series that are considerably better than others thanks to the intense competition found in each episode. This list highlights the very best reality TV shows in the baking competition genre by focusing solely on competitive baking - shows that center around cooking, but not necessarily baking aren’t listed. Don't forget to vote up your favorite while you’re here, and it’s possible your favorite baking shows are missing, so make sure you add them as well!

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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other ...more
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Zumbo's Just Desserts is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Adriano Zumbo, Rachel Khoo
Zumbo's Just Desserts (Seven Network, 2016) is an Australian baking reality competition television program hosted by Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo. Amateur Australian chefs compete to impress ...more
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Sugar Rush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Candace Nelson, Adriano Zumbo, Hunter March
Sugar Rush is an American web television series, initially released on July 13, 2018. The show features four teams of bakers competing in a baking competition. Time's the most important ...more
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Holiday Baking Champions... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Holiday Baking Championship Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale

Premiered: 2014

The Holiday Baking Championship (Food Network, 2014) is an American cooking competition series. Airing from early November through late December, the show features bakers creating holiday themed ...more
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Cupcake Wars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 80

Network: Food Network

Cupcake Wars is an American reality competition series which premiered on June 13, 2010 and aired on the cable television network Food Network. The cooking show is hosted by Justin Willman and ...more
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Spring Baking Championsh... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Spring Baking Championship Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale

Premiered: 2015

Spring Baking Championship (Food Network, 2015) is an American cooking competition television series. Contestants must create spring themed baked goods for a chance to win $50,000.
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Kids Baking Championship... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Duff Goldman, Valerie Bertinelli, Natalie Venable

Premiered: 2015

Kids Baking Championship (Food Network, 2015) is a television program hosted by Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli. Talented young bakers compete for the title of Kids Baking Champion, a cash ...more
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Nailed It! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres, Zac Young
Nailed It! (Netflix, 2018) is a reality bake-off competition series. Three amateur bakers compete to replicate complicated cakes and confectionery, in order to win a $10,000 cash prize.
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Halloween Baking Champio... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Richard Blais, Jeff Dunham, John Henson
Halloween Baking Championship (Food Network, 2015) is an American cooking competition television series. With a new presenter and judges every season, the show follows seven contestants baking ...more
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Cake Wars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Jonathan Bennett, Ron Ben-Israel, Waylynn Lucas

Premiered: 2015

Cake Wars (Food Network, 2015) is an American reality competition series hosted by Jonathan Bennett. Four bakers face off to have their cakes featured in a special event, in addition to a ...more
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Be Our Chef is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Angela Kinsey

Premiered: 2020

Network: Disney+

Be Our Chef (Disney+, 2020) is a competition reality cooking television show hosted by Angela Kinsey. The series follows five food-loving families as they face off making dishes inspired by a ...more
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Ace of Cakes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Duff Goldman, Geoffry Manthorne, Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 115

Network: Good Food, Food Network

Ace of Cakes was an American reality television show that aired on the Food Network. The show focused on the daily operations of Duff Goldman's custom cake shop, Charm City Cakes, in Baltimore, ...more
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Nailed It! Germany is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Angelina Kirsch, Bernd Siefert.

Premiered: January 17, 2020

Network: Netflix

Nailed It! Germany (Netflix, 2020) is a baking competition show hosted by Angelina Kirsch and Bernd Siefert. Home cooks try -- and inevitably fail -- to re-create spectacular confections on this ...more
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Next Great Baker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Buddy Valastro, Letty Alvarez, James Brown

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: TLC

Next Great Baker is an American television series that airs on TLC, hosted by Buddy Valastro, the star of his own reality series, Cake Boss. The show features contestants participating in ...more
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Ultimate Cake Off is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Ultimate Cake Off Margaret Braun

Premiered: 2009

Network: TLC

Ultimate Cake Off is an American television series that currently airs on TLC. The show is based on professional cake artists that go "head-to-head" in constructing cakes over five ...more
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DC Cupcakes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
DC Cupcakes

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: TLC

DC Cupcakes is an American reality television series that follows sisters and business partners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis as they run Georgetown Cupcake, a small cupcakery located ...more
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Amazing Wedding Cakes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Amazing Wedding Cakes

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 43

Amazing Wedding Cakes is an American reality television series on WE tv that debuted on September 7, 2008. The series follows several bakers from around the country as they create high-end ...more
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The American Baking Comp... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 7

Network: CBS

The American Baking Competition is a reality competition television series that aired on CBS from May 29 to July 10, 2013. It was based on the BBC baking competition The Great British Bake Off. ...more
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Worst Bakers in America ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Baking Competition Shows Ever Made
Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale
Worst Bakers (Food Network, 2016) in America is an American cooking competition television series presented by chefs Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. The series is a spin-off of Worst Cooks in ...more