I hope you all enjoyed last night’s first ever Vegan Cupcake Wars—a show I was so honored to be a part of! The challenge posed to the vegan bakers was to create the ultimate array of vegan cupcakes fitting to debut at the Green Festival in Los Angeles. In case you missed Sunday’s show, the episode will be available soon on FoodNetwork.com. I had so much fun appearing as a guest judge! Today I thought I’d give you a little peek behind the scenes to see what goes on and what it was like tasting 30 cupcakes!
I arrived at 6:30am and was escorted to my dressing room for wardrobe, hair, and make-up. I was so lucky to have my favorite Dean Roybal from Planet Salon do my hair and make-up He used all AVEDA products on me which were, of course, vegan.
And here was my view for most of the day:
This really wasn’t like any other set I had ever been on! Watching the contestants run around making their cupcakes… I don’t know how they do it! It was so stressful just to watch. I was sure happy to be sitting on the other side of the judges table.
We filmed all day and to answer the question you all have been asking, yes, I really did eat all of those cupcakes, plus a few dozen more! Such a sugar rush! I’m not sure how Candace and Florian do it everyday! More than 12 hours and 30 cupcakes later, we wrapped; it was truly a day of sweet indulgence but also quite an enlightening food television experience and one I hope to have more of!
The following weekend everyone at Green Fest LA got to experience and taste the winners cupcakes. Here I am with the winner Stephanie Sparkles from Bliss Cakes and her winning display:
PS if you like my dress it came from my friend Kris’s adorable shop in Manhattan Beach called Bella Beach! And here we are shooting a little promo clip for the show (how beautiful do these cupcakes look??):
It was such a fun experience and I have to thank Food Network and everyone involved in having me on the show! Be sure to catch me LIVE on stage at the GreenFest NYC on April 21 & 22nd, EarthDay Weekend!