I have recently joined an exclusive club whose members include poker champion Annie Duke, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, Oscar nominee Minnie Driver, and boy band idol Lance Bass.
What the heck do I have in common with this eclectic group, you ask? I’ll tell you. Each of us has appeared as a guest judge on the same baking competition show.
That’s right, my friends, this Sunday night at 8/7c I’m making my Food Network debut on a People’s Choice Awards-themed episode of Cupcake Wars. (Cue crowd noise.)
I obviously can’t/won’t reveal any spoilers about the show… you’ll have to tune in to see what happens. But suffice it to say that I had a blast with host Justin Willman, judges Candace Nelson and Florian Bellanger, and carpenters Jake and Justin Blecha. The entire crew was absolutely delightful and the bakers were fantastic. What can I say… it was an amazing experience!
Here’s what I can tell you: The bakers came from L.A., Detroit, Scottsdale, and Matawan, NJ. Cupcake Wars fans chose the ingredients for the first challenge (the people made their choices, get it?) and the winning cupcakes were served at the 2013 People’s Choice Awards V.I.P. wrap party. Have I titillated you enough to get you to set your DVR?
I am a huge fan of cupcakes, in general, Cupcake Wars, in particular. I don’t know much about the nuances of baking cupcakes (my specialty is monkey bread), but I’m well versed in the art of eating them. And while I’m no expert at judging the appropriate level of moistness or the interplay between ingredients — I’ll leave that to Candace and Florian — I certainly had my own opinions on the countless delicious cupcakes I sampled that day. And delicious they were.
So, my little cupcakes, be sure to watch the People’s Choice Awards episode of Cupcake Wars on Sunday, April 21, at 8/7c on the Food Network.
Lance Bass (Season 8)
Cody Simpson (Season 7)
Kate Walsh (Season 6)
“Weird Al” Yankovic (Season 8)