DC Cupcakes

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Bakery-set reality show is sweeter than many others.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

There's a strong message about working hard to fulfill your dreams and about positive ways to build a business. The sisters and their team also convey good messages by example -- they work well and constructively together, and the sisters choose to donate to charity even though it puts them in a tough spot (and in the end they're more excited about the money they raised than what a good job they did).

Positive Role Models & Representations

The sisters model excellent behavior in the face of high stress. They don't yell or belittle each other even when they're angry, and they're good bosses -- supportive but firm. One employee gets her feelings hurt at one point, but she's quickly comforted and reassured. The sisters work hard and appreciate the value of hard work, which is making their business a success.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Infrequent use of words/phrases like "pissed off."


The show promotes the sisters' bakery.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, unlike many reality shows, this bakery-centric series boasts positive messages and role models -- the two sisters at the center of the show are hardworking and generous, and they treat their employees (and each other) well. Because it's a reality show, there's always the potential for strong language, but generally "pissed off" is about as strong as it gets. Kids interested in cupcakes, careers, or both may find it a fun pick.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLayneE October 7, 2010

Worst cupcake ever.

There's nothing wrong with the show itself, besides the whining.

Too bad the cupcakes are dry and taste like paste.
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byMaryalicia August 18, 2010
The is swearing, but it is bleeped out. However the snippyness of the sisters against each other (and cursing under stress at each other) is not a good message... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 20, 2013

great show

i think this show is AWESOME!!!! it shows positive role models by encouraging kids to be bakers!!! it is awesome!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written bycrazyhorse13 July 3, 2012

Family Friendly Cooking Show

Over all this show is amazing! It is very family friendly and cute! They make amazing cup cakes but in the process "mommy" messes stuff up and they so... Continue reading

What's the story?

Sisters Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis gave up their corporate jobs to start Georgetown Cupcakes in Washington, D.C. DC CUPCAKES follows the siblings as they tackle impossible assigments -- along with running a busy and successful business -- with good cheer, the help of their employees, and lots and lots of frosting.

Is it any good?

DC CUPCAKES stands out from its "behind the scenes" reality sisterhood (even its fellow bakery-centric series) by being positive and downplaying conflict. Of course, while it's nice not to see people screaming and berating one another, it doesn't make for very interesting viewing, either.

But as sweet as it is, the show's biggest issue is actually that we've been down this road so many times before. Granted, a difficult order with little notice does make for good dramatic conflict, but not when you've seen the same scenario over and over in other shows ... as well as this one. Still anyone with a craving for cupcakes (or friendly reality TV) may enjoy tuning in.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how real the show is. Do you think all of the problems happened on their own? Why might the people making the show want a problem to occur?

  • What does this show say about running a business? Do shows like these encourage people to start their own businesses? What kind of business would you like to start?

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