2 Girls and a Cupcake Rep Hialeah on Next Week's Episode of Cupcake Wars
Food Network's series Cupcake Wars pits four sets of cupcake makers against each other in a series of off-the-dome creative baking challenges.
Bakers are eliminated in a series of rounds. A final challenge involves high-volume baking, and, usually, the creation of a massive, creative display for the final product. The winner of this final round gets to serve his or her wares at a high-profile event, and, better yet, scores $10,000.
Let's be real: The show is shameless sugar porn offered at the best level of ridiculousness. Too bad, then, that many of the contestants, who are often self-taught, come off as earnest Midwestern types with a low stress threshold.
Luckily, though, next week's new episode will get a major injection of Hialeah hip-hop swagger, courtesy of the city's own 2 Girls and a Cupcake (real names: Evelyn Dieppa, 27, and Lorena Castro, 26). While the pair briefly owned a retail location in downtown Miami in late 2009, they've since relocated their operations back to their hometown of the City of Progress, where they concentrate on catering and wholesale orders.
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The two girls distinguished themselves from a crowded field of competitors by offering cupcakes in distinct Miami flavors -- beyond guava and cream cheese. 2 Girls's nearly endless list of flavors include tributes to local characters such as Pitbull ("Mr. 305" -- vanilla with mango filling and vanilla buttercream), Rick Ross ("big boss" -- chocolate velvet topped with cream cheese frosting), and Mayday! ("stuck on a cupcake" -- vanilla-peanut butter chip filled with grape jelly and topped with peanut butter buttercream). For adults only, there's a vast array of cocktail-inspired, booze-spiked cupcakes.
And so the Food Network approached the pair. "They called us in March, but we were transitioning from the old store, and we didn't have a new location yet, so we couldn't do it then," recalls Dieppa. But when the network called again in July, Dieppa and Castro decided to submit a casting video.
As a joke, Dieppa asked former Barbara Goleman High School classmate Derick G., now pretty much Lil Wayne's official behind-the-scenes photographer, to help with the video. He agreed, and a cheerful, Spanglish-peppered, three-and-a-half minute entry -- "made, in, I swear to you, like two days," says Dieppa -- scored 2 Girls a slot on the show. (Check out the cameo by hip-hop producers Cool and Dre around 1:57.)
The Cupcake Wars episode filmed last September in L.A. The girls brought a trusty home-model Sunbeam mixer in their suitcase. That was pretty much the only thing they did in preparation.
"We were the only ones there who were free-spirited," Dieppa says, "while everyone else was worrying!"
Beyond that, though, she's not allowed to dish any details until the show airs. "It was a lot of fun, I'll tell you that," she says, "and it's real, it's not faked. You do have a time to bake in, and you do have to complete your cupcakes in that time. It's definitely a real show."
Check out 2 Girls's Derick G.-directed video below, and watch the episode when it airs this Tuesday at 9 p.m. We'll post more about 2 Girls and a Cupcake's new projects later this week. Dale!
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