Updated 08/10/2011 07:20 AM
Community shows support for Coccadotts on "Cupcake Wars"
It was icing on the cupcake as Coccadotts bakery not only competes on national TV, but is also surrounded by friends, family and fans as their episode aired. As our Innae Park reports, while they didn't come out on top in the challenge, they felt like winners surrounded by fans.
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COLONIE, N.Y. -- A simple mistake ended local bakery Coccadotts' run to win the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars."
Owner Rachel Cocca-Dott said, "When you're dealing with unmarked containers, baking soda is white, salt is white and I put two tablespoons of salt instead of baking soda."
As a result, she and co-owner Matt O'Connor were eliminated from the first round of the episode.
Nonetheless, Cocca-Dott said the loss isn't as bitter as it is sweet.
"I knew we lost, but I still wanted the community around me and all our customers and supporters to be here," she said. "To me, this is a win-win. We got 1,000 people out here to support us."
It was an incredible showing from the community for the Colonie "cupcakery," with the viewing party feeding the sweet tooth of hundreds. With free snacks, around 2,000 cupcakes baked for the event and the Colonie Pop Warner cheerleaders rooting on the bakery, it was a night to remember.
In addition, Coccadotts has been sweet in more ways than one.
A friend of the owners, Diane Stazio, said, "They give back to the community constantly. I've never met more selfless people, honestly. It's just tremendous."
Now Cocca-Dott says her one slip-up could lead to her next success! Having faced a challenge to use ingredients like whey protein, spinach, green tea and the like, she admitted there could be some inspiration from at least some of the ingredients.
"We are looking into more savory lines, using spinach, broccoli. It's becoming popular in LA, so our chefs are working on that," said Cocca-Dott. "But I don't want to see whey protein or garbanzo beans ever again!"
Even with the loss, the owners say their national TV debut was a success. In fact, Cocca-Dott freely told YNN, "I'll be back!"
In the meantime, their future looks bright. Coccadotts has announced it is launching a revamped website where customers from all over the country can place orders online.
The bakery is also expanding. A second location is in the works on Myrtle Beach, S.C., and it is expected to be open within six months.