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And the winner is…. Annette – Cupcake Wars Season 3 Premiere

19 Jun

Wow.  So the last few months I have been pretty quiet in this blogging world.  I was under strict agreement I couldn’t say anything, but now it’s out!!  We have been filming Cupcake Wars!!!  The season premiere aired this past Tuesday on Food Network Channel and for all of you who haven’t seen it yet….WE WON!!!!  Yes, I just spoiled it for you!  SORRY!  I can’t help but be so proud and amazed and I just want to shout it from the roof tops.  Although we DID have REALLY tough competition from Just Cupcakes, Knead Sugar, and Brown’s Bakery!  All three of them are amazing!

I get a LOT of questions asking about my experience, what it was like, what happens, etc.  All I can say is it was the SINGLE MOST intense moment in my entire life and YES I would do it again!  Cupcake Wars really inspired me to keep going forward and it helped me realize by Candace Nelson of Sprinkles and Florian Bellanger of Mad Macs NYC that my cupcakes are outstanding and incredible.  None of the judges had anything bad to say other then a slight comment about using some fresh mint.

When I watched the show for the first time with the rest of the country, I couldn’t believe my ears when at one point Florian said that it was the “cleanest displays they have had on the show”.  Words could not describe what i felt when I heard that.  I was thrilled and overwhelmed by him noticing all of my attention to detail from the moss, fresh roses, antique trophies… I wanted to make sure I captured the true elegance that goes with this amazing traditional Kentucky Derby.  And then I can’t even describe what an amazing opportunity it was to be able to have our cupcakes on the Red Carpet at the 137th Kentucky Derby!!  To meet people like Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo, and Salt N Pepa is indescribable!  And they all LOVED the cupcakes and were so sweet!!!  It’s not everyday you are able to have critics like them!

If you don’t have cable (I know a lot of you use Netflix and Hulu) you can watch the winning scene here: http://youtu.be/y8DY-9_-X6Y

Now comes the aftermath of winning Cupcake Wars!  That night, I was overwhelmed with texts, emails, Facebook posts, Tweets, Phone Calls, and so much more…I have tried my best to make sure I answered each and every one of you personally.  I can’t be more thankful to all my fans and supporters out there.  As far as future as Goodie Girls, we are in the process of opening our store front in Glendale, CA.   It is located just 3 blocks from Americana at 415 East Broadway St #100, Glendale, CA 91205.  Until the store opens, we are doing mail orders for our HOTTEST new product called the Cake-Up, which are push up cakes!!  They are divine and SHIPPABLE!!  Other than that we have been busy with some very large events including at The Grove for the “Judy Moody Not so Bummer Summer” movie premiere with Radio Disney, the Sephora Girls night Out for Fox Searchlight Movie “The Art of Getting By”, The “Malibu Wine & Food Festival”, and also we are at the Friday Food Fair every Friday at the Chefs Center in Pasadena, CA at 45 N. San Gabriel Blvd, Pasadena, CA (which we sell out at so get there early)!!  🙂

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We appreciate ALL of you and would love to hear from you each one of you whenever you can!  Again…we are only here because of YOU!

And I MUST give a HUGE shout out and THANK YOU to my assistant on the show, Jackie Brubaker.  She was unbelievable!!  Please check her out in her band called Jackie Brubaker and The Ex-Boyrfriends!  Also to my Dad, Doug Starbuck (owner of Starside Designs in Riverside, CA), Step Mom Stephanie, and my unbelievably supportive Pop Star husband A.N.T. (www.poptronicant.com)!  Without all of their help and support, I would never have gotten to where I am today.  They push me, the help me, the encourage me and tell me I CAN do it!!!  So THANK YOU AGAIN ALL!!!

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❤ all of you… Annette Starbuck …GG

Truffle Cake

18 Feb

This cake was one of my all time favorites to make and eat!  The picture definitely does not do it justice for how big it was!

Instead of doing an ordinary cake blend, I tried for the first time the WASC cake recipe.  Let me just say FABULOUS and I will never stray from the basics of this one.  So I made the batter, baked the cake (which by the way since the cake was so big it took almost 2 hours in the oven!), and placed to cool.  I let the cake cool overnight to insure that it would be cool enough to frost without the frosting melting.  One tip is to always cook cakes on maximum of 325 degrees.  It is much better for them to cook slower than faster as you will help lock in the moisture.

No before going to bed just yet, it was time to make all the cute little truffles on top (which by the way “take the cake”).  Everyone loves these little scrumptious balls of chocolate.   I used the basics from the Martha Stewart truffles and obviously added my own fling.  I rolled them in 4 different varieties: cocoa powder, cappuccino mix, coconut, and walnuts.  Then sealed them in an airtight container and off to the refrigerator they go.

So day 2.  I had bought 5 canisters of Pirouette’s and mixed up my favorite chocolate frosting that I use to adhere.  I took the cake out and away I went.  I put the frosting in a pipe bag and piped strips up and down the cake as I rotated by placing the Pirouette’s.  Now I got about ¾ the way around and needless to say I had to make a market trip for 2 more canisters!     The remaining frosting I clumped on top of the cake and then just spread the truffles out leisurely.  I finished with a bow and PRESTO!