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Examiner
  • Blue Springs bakers sweeten their knowledge with 'Cupcake Wars' competition

  • The third time held the charm for Trevor and Amy Goodwin.

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  • The third time held the charm for Trevor and Amy Goodwin.
    The Goodwins, co-owners of The Sweet Tooth at 3100 Missouri 7 in Blue Springs, applied three times to appear on The Food Network’s reality competition show “Cupcake Wars.”
    The first time they sent an email, the Goodwins received no reply. With the second try, they received a response, but Amy was pregnant at the time.
    But on the third attempt, “it was perfect,” Trevor said. After receiving an email reply, the Goodwins submitted an audition video, filled out an application and met with producers.
    Then, in July, the couple traveled to Los Angeles, telling friends and family that they were taking a trip for their wedding anniversary.
    In actuality, The Sweet Tooth was one of four teams competing in the hour-long show that aired Sunday evening. The show’s theme centered around the musical “Mary Poppins,” with the baking teams creating goods within an allotted amount of time and sometimes with specific ingredients.
    “I’m nervous, like I have to go bake,” Trevor said just moments before the show began at 7 p.m. Sunday. He and Amy were surrounded by local fans during the watch party at Skylight Restaurant & Sports Bar, their lips sealed on how well they performed because of contractual agreements with the show.
    The Sweet Tooth started at the Independence Regional Ennovation Center in mid-2010 before “graduating” from the kitchen incubator and opening a storefront in January 2012.
    “We learned a lot about ourselves,” Trevor said. “It was a lot of pressure. You can’t really tell on TV, but the expectations are high. It was a lot of pressure, but I think we stepped up, and I’m proud of how we performed.”
    In the first challenge, on taste, bakers created cupcakes inspired by tea time that “even a strict English nanny could approve of,” the show’s host, Justin Willman, said.
    Amy and Trevor baked jasmine and raspberry cupcakes with a honey cream cheese frosting.
    “It’s tea time in 30 minutes,” Willman warned the contestants as the time dwindled away.
    “Thirty minutes?!” Amy and Trevor said in unison on the show, which garnered laughs from those at the watch party.
    The couple advanced to the second round, which challenged the three remaining competitors to create three cupcakes inspired by songs from “Mary Poppins” – “A Spoonful Of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”
    As the watch party guests finished their samples of the round one cupcakes passed around, they let out sounds of disappointment as Trevor and Amy were eliminated from the competition.
    But several winners still emerged, including the Blue Springs Education Foundation. The Goodwins will donate half of the proceeds from the watch party to the foundation. The Sweet Tooth also is involved in a kickstarter effort called The Happiness Campaign.
    Page 2 of 2 - Through the online creative platform, the business is aiming to raise $15,000 in the next three weeks to fund a truck to transport the cupcakes, cookies, cake pops and cheesecakes across the greater Kansas City area.
    While the show’s judges chose to eliminate The Sweet Tooth, Trevor told those in attendance that they, the customers, are the real judges.
    “I know Amy and I definitely weren’t ready to go home, but it was up to the judges, and they thought it was time for us to go home,” Trevor said. “What is more important to us is how you guys feel about our cupcakes.”
     

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