Oklahoma City's Green Goodies brings home the gold on 'Cupcake Wars'

Tiffany Magness, owner and head baker of Green Goodies in Classen Curve, recently won $10,000 during an appearance on Food Network's “Cupcake Wars.”
by Dave Cathey Published: July 3, 2013

The winning cupcakes were: lemon-pomegranate, hazelnut-vanilla bean, chipotle-dark chocolate, and a dark chocolate coconut caramel. But the cupcake that caught my eye was a pitch-perfect re-imagining of the Hostess Cupcake, complete with a stripe of curly-q frosting on top of chocolate frosting. Its looks are where the comparisons end. Magness' version is moist, rich and delicious while the old Hostess versions were really just a means to get some baseball cards off the bottom of the box. And to my surprise, Magness informed me the cupcake was vegan.

Magness, 35, said she lived a lifetime during the 14-hour shoot.

“Talk about an emotional roller coaster in the course of 14 hours,” she said. “There was a portion of the day where I was like, ‘I think I'm just gonna go home after round 2.' But it was very rewarding.”

Green Goodies is Magness' first business; she spent the early part of her adult life as a social worker. Though she had little experience going into the venture, Magness said she's always baked and always loves to serve.

“I remember when I was 8 years old, I would have friends over and I'd do a menu and make all kinds of treats,” she said. “It was kind of a stress-reliever, I'd come home and have a bad day from school, and I'd bake.”

Green Goodies is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For bulk orders, Magness asks for 48 hours notice, though 24 hours will do in some cases.

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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