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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.

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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