Harry Becker founded Beckers Bakery in 1942. Several generations later, Todd Becker, who inherited the family legacy from his father, Stan, now runs the bakery. Baking is in his blood. He learned from his father, who learned from his father. Todd runs the bakery with his wife, Brigid. They emphasize bright colors and buttercream designs in their cupcakes, catering in great part to kids and moms. Todd loves what he does and has no plans of retiring anytime soon.
Raised in the small town of Green Cove Springs, Fla., Catarah Hampshire learned Southern hospitality at an early age. It's this same hospitality that is the foundation of Southern Girl Desserts. Every recipe is made from scratch with a Southern style of baking. Catarah's specialty is the sweet potato cupcake, because, like all of her cupcakes, she uses all Southern flavors. Each dessert has a story and was named after a family member or popular Southern term. Southern Girl Desserts is currently an online business with no storefront that strives to make it "better than your grandma." Catarah and co-owner Shoneji Robison have captured the Southern spirit and are spreading its sweetness across Southern California.
Karla Jennings is the young head baker of Sugar Cupcakery in Milford, Ohio. She owns and runs the cupcake shop with her sister Krista Tevar. They specialize in using only organic and vegan ingredients. The shop has been open for less than a year, but these fierce sisters are destined for success.
WINNER!: Hollis Wilder
Since the age of 12, Hollis Wilder has been in and around the food business. Her family owned a restaurant in Vermont, so it was no surprise she followed in those footsteps. A good part of her college years was spent eating and drinking her way through Europe. The things she learned greatly influenced her cooking style and food attitudes. Hollis spent many years catering to the stars and major networks in Hollywood before her destiny led her to sweets. She packed up her husband and two children and headed for Florida where she opened Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly. She never served a meal without dessert, and cupcakes were a special love. Hollis has catered events providing cupcakes well into the thousands. She's extremely competitive and driven, and her many years of success serve as proof.
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