Cake Wars is an American reality competition series that was first broadcast on June 29, 2015, aired on the cable TV channel Food Network, and reran on Discovery Family. Jonathan Bennett hosted the competition, where four bakers face off to have their cakes featured in a special event, in addition to a $10,000 prize. Star pastry chefs Waylynn Lucas, Ron Ben-Israel and Richard Ruskell judge which cakes are worthy of headlining parties for things such as The Simpsons, The Sound of Music, DC Comics, and more. The first and fifth seasons of the show ran for eight episodes and later seasons of the show ran for thirteen episodes. There was also an annual Christmas-themed spin-off of the show called Cake Wars: Christmas, which made its debut the same year as Cake Wars.The show is almost identical to Cupcake Wars, except that the contestants make their creations out of regular cakes instead of cupcakes and there are two rounds instead of Cupcake Wars usual three. The first round is called "Batter Up," and the contestants are required to choose a certain number of ingredients that go with the episode's theme. One contestant is eliminated after the first round, and in the second round (called "Cake Off"), each of the teams is given two more assistants to help them make their biggest creations and improve any mistakes they may have made in the first round. Before the winner is announced, one person of the three remaining contestants is eliminated, and the winner is chosen from the two remaining contestants. It was announced on December 2, 2015, that Cake Wars was for a second season. The new season featured themes that included Star Wars, Dr. Seuss, and Willy Wonka cakes.