GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A West Michigan cupcake baker made his primetime national debut Sunday evening.
Jason Kakabaker competed in the popular reality competition show "Cupcake Wars" on The Food Network. He finished second in the episode, the theme of which was space.
"It was definitely bittersweet (to not win)," Kakabaker explained Sunday night at his watch party at Peppino's in Grand Rapids.
Kakabaker told 24 Hour News 8 the episode took a whole day in November to make, and that the time limit on the show was accurate. He admittedly did not expect that.
"It was unbelievable, and so much fun, and so stressful," Kakabaker said.
He said he thought he wasn't going to make it past the first round. In that round, he had to bake with buckwheat, which he had never used before. His cupcakes didn't rise properly, so he had to completely change his plan.
The Grand Rapids cupcake maker has been catering and making cupcakes out of his home kitchen the past four years, so his appearance and his finish on the show gave him validation.
"It's always something when Candice (Nelson), the head judge, loves your cupcakes, you feel so good," he recounted. "She has a huge cupcake business (world-renowned Sprinkles Cupcakes), and for her to love our dark chocolate merlot cupcakes, we felt pretty proud about that."
Kakabaker and his assistant Michelle Baker will open up "The Cakabakery" on Wealthy Street in Eastown next month, and they'd be interested in trying to reality show again.
"We're definitely ready for redemption. We're going to get them next time," he promised.
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