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.