Thursday night, the newest episode of the super sugary Food Network show, “Sweet Genius,” featured none other than Boston’s own Victoria Donnelly, owner and head baker at Cakeology, a cupcake shop in downtown Boston. Donnelly, who is no stranger to sweets or the Food Network, won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in December of 2010 with her mint chocolate chip cupcakes, and won the Best Cupcake at the 2010 New England Dessert Showcase
Donnelly, whose store is located on Province Street in the Downtown Crossing area, lasted through all 3 rounds of the competition, creating and baking her way through a vast array of rather wild mandatory ingredients, including; polenta, split pea soup, malted milk powder, sticky rice, Japanese super cola candy, and grape leaves. In round 2, when Chef Ron, the show’s host, released the contestant’s inspiration for their dessert, it was a teddy bear. Fans of Donnelly’s cupcake business were not surprised to find that she created a panda bear face with her ingredients, as Cakeology’s mascot is a panda named Bruce, who appears as décor in the shop and covers their cupcake delivery van.
In the end, Chef Bruce decided that Donnelly’s desserts were not good enough to merit declaring her a “Sweet Genius,” but for a baker and business owner that is not classically trained in the culinary arts, she sure proved she’s got what it takes to hang with the big dogs.
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★ Pics of the “Biggest Loser” casting call at the Boston Seaport Hotel, courtesy of the Boston Globe.
★ Bostonian Vulcan Leonard Nimoy makes his mark as a photographer too.
★ Concord, MA’s Steve Carell’s movies disappoint at the box office.
★ Brookline’s Conan O’Brien sells spacious New York City apartment.
★ ”American Idol” contestant Ayla Brown sings at the Pan Mass Challenge in Massachusetts.
★ Burlington, MA Amy Poehler has her second son with Will Arnett.
★ Star of the movie Shazaam, basketballer Shaquille O’Neal signs with the Celtics.
★ Dorchester’s own Mark Wahlberg gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and appears at the Hingham Shipyard for another Wahlberg brother’s new restaurant opening; check out our story and footage in yesterday’s story below!
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