A couple of local cupcakeries are set to appear on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” this month.
First up is Green Goodies, owned and operated by Tiffany Magness, who leads a team that includes pastry chef Kerstin Bellah, who learned her craft at the Francis Tuttle School of Culinary arts and the Oklahoma State Institute of Technology in Okmulgee before moving on to white-hot Uchiko, a farmhouse Japanese restaurant, in Austin. Uchiko was the recent home of chef and “Top Chef Texas” champion Paul Qui in Austin. Qui is on the verge of opening his own restaurant in Austin by the end of the month. Bellah was baking for Magness at Oklahoma City’s Green Goodies, 5840 N Classen Blvd in Classen Curve, when producers from the Food Network show contacted the store to gauge interest. The gang at Green Goodies put together a quick video and this Sunday at 7 p.m. you’ll get to see how they did. Green and Goodies, which opened in 2009, specializes in gourmet organic cupcakes with a large selection of gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan selections.
A couple of weeks later, chef Eric Smith and his team from Sara Sara Cupcakes will compete on “Cupcake Wars.” I’ll have more on Eric’s experience next week, with a look inside Sara Sara Cupcakes.
“Cupcake Wars” episodes start with four teams of two chefs who are eliminated one by one in three rounds. The show also challenges its contestants to create cupcakes with unusual ingredients with the winning team from each episode receiving $10,000. In the first round, the contestants must create a cupcake based on taste alone with a theme associated including a unique twist of ingredients in 45 minutes. The second round is based on both taste and presentation. In 75 minutes, the contestants must make 3 different cupcakes, each showcasing a different taste with an outstanding presentation. The third round is hardest, with the remaining two teams making 1,000 cupcakes in only 2 hours with the help of a 5-person team consisting of one carpenter and four baking interns.
“The competition aspect of the show is very real, so there’s a lot of pressure,” explained Bellah. “The clock really is ticking, you’re working in a new kitchen with new equipment, and there are cameras all around with people talking to you from every direction.”
Tune in Sunday to root on Bellah and team Green Goodies and set your DVR’s for June 23 at 7 to support Eric and his crew.