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Wedding Cakes Wars airs on WeTV Sunday, Sept. 20th at 10pm|9c

Wedding Cake Wars was filmed at the Westminster, MD Great American Cake Show, tune in and set your DVRs!

I was fortunate enough to attend the live filming of the contest for 2 days.  All of the contestants were incredible, every cake just beautiful, intricate, and overall amazing! To top it off, they only had a few hours of prep and decoration, with cameras right there filming every single move.

See some “behind the scenes” photos of some of the contestants in action, while being filmed
http://cakecentral.com/jackie/31/wetv-wedding-cake-wars-contest

Here are some photos me getting to meet some the talent!

The contestants included amateur and professional cake decorators:

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Charmaine Jones, Amanda Shafer, Kristyn Zaenklein, Carolina Lara, Clara Gold, Anna Weisend, Cynthia Knox, Ruth Rickey, Sabrina Kuratana, Vanessa Greeley, Terry Tuttle, Dana Herbert

On a personal side note… At the time I thought it most useful to take a photo of myself with everyone, in hind-sight, putting myself in EVERY photo .. not one of my better ideas.

Ron Ben-Israel, Host

Ron Ben-Israel, Host

I’m Ron Ben-Israel, and I have been baking and decorating wedding cakes since 1994…

Jay Ellis, Judge

Jay Ellis, Judge

At the age of 27, Jay is the young, brash owner of Cakes by Jay. Considered the premier wedding cake maker on Long Island, Jay has had to prove himself to the industryʼs established pastry chefs and decorators…

Colette Peters, Judge

Colette Peters, Judge

Colette Peters is the reigning queen of cakes. Since 1991, she has made Coletteʼs Cakes one of the most prestigious cake shops in the country and has written five, highly-acclaimed books…

Jill Hudson Neal, Judge

Jill Hudson Neal, Judge

Jill Hudson Neal is a former fashion reporter and style editor for Washington Post Magazine who recently became bridal editor for Washingtonian Magazineʼs new offshoot Washingtonian Bride and Groom…

Amanda Shafer

Amanda Shafer

Amanda is a bright and fresh-faced artist who never dreamed that she would be designing cakes for a living. She has a degree in studio art and always considered herself a sculptor, even though she had no idea what to do after she graduated…

Carolina Lara

Carolina Lara

Carolina is a former fashion designer from Puerto Rico and proud mother of three. Always creative – she makes jewelry, does glass fusing and bead making – her designs always come back to fashion…

Dana Herbert

Dana Herbert

Dana is an expert sugar artist with lots of names. Heʼs known as “The Sugar Daddy” because of his work with pulled and blown sugar. Heʼs called “The King of Cakes” because his six-year-old business, “Desserts by Dana,” is so successful in Delaware…

Learn more at: http://www.wetv.com/wedding-cake-wars


Comments

Jackie Says... 20 Sep 2009 , 11:15am

I am so excited! Can't wait to watch tonight!

Jackie Says... 20 Sep 2009 , 7:55pm

I actually like this competition show format better than any of the others. I don't enjoy all that “forced” drama where they add ridiculous, unrelated “surprises”, that are just totally irrelevant and do not actually add anything to the show. There is enough stress and drama in making a cake in 7 hours.

I also felt like they did a really good job with the “featured” contestants, or back-stories, or whatever that is called, I really wished I could have seen everyone’s preparations, home life, baking tips etc, even if just for like 2 minutes total per person.

I really felt like there were way too many contestants for the 1 hour. I think if they had 4 teams or less, for a 1 hour show they could have given everyone more airtime.

My mom, and a few friends were like where did that Africa cake come from, and Cleveland? They got such little air time, by the time the show ended they had actually forgot they even existed! If I hadn’t been there for the live taping I would probably feel the same way.

I also felt that there weren’t nearly enough shots, or photos of the finished cakes. The one think I actually like on Food Network challenges is they give a good shot of every finished cake, with close-ups.


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