BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — A Bel Air bakery is in the national spotlight this week after competing and winning the Food Network Show, “Cupcake Wars.”

Monique Griego has more from Flavor Cupcakery.  

It’s tasty, delicious treats that took a small town bakery from Bel Air to big time competition.

“Oh, it was thrilling. It was thrilling,” said Shelley Stannard, Flavor Cupcakery.

A year ago, Stannard took a chance and opened up Flavor Cupcakery.

“I knew cupcakes were all the rage in the big cities, and I thought we need that here,” said Stannard.

Since then, it’s been a constant flow of cupcake consumers.  And it was those satisfied customers that pushed Stannard to test her baking against the best on the Food Network show, “Cupcake Wars.”

“They say, ‘Oh, have you seen the show? You guys have to be on it. You would win, you’d do so well,'” said Stannard.

A few weeks later, Stannard and her baker Jason Hisley battled it out in Los Angeles.

“It was intense.  Definitely a little crazy,” said Hisley.

In “Cupcake Wars,” the teams have to complete two challenges. If they make it to challenge number three, they have to bake 1,000 cupcakes in two hours, then use those cupcakes to make a massive display for an event.  This time it was the opening of “The Nutcracker” at the New York City Ballet.

“We were determined to win and do it just as calm as we could do it,” said Stannard.

And win those cupcakes did, with all their customers watching.

“It was awesome.  I’m so happy. My whole family was cheering them on,” said one person.

The show has brought the bakers a bit of celebrity and a lot of business. 

“It’s really incredible what we’re getting back from the community,” said Hisley.

And it’s that community they hope to keep pleasing.

Flavor Cupcakery’s episode of “Cupcake Wars” airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on the Food Network.


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