After their third attempt at Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” Coccadott’s Cake Shop won the cupcake competition bringing home $10,000 and the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I am on cloud nine and beyond excited,” said Rachel Cocca-Dott, owner of Coccadott’s Cake Shop. “We have gone back and forth so many times flying all the way across the country to Los Angeles for a competition, that this time we just wanted to win so badly.”
Rachel Cocca-Dott and Matthew O’Connor were asked to create a cupcake display that would be used for World Wide Entertainment’s (WWE) SummerSlam, a pay-per-view professional wrestling event. Guest starr on the show were WWE Diva’s Alicia Fox and Layla. The dynamic cupcake duo had 90 minutes to bake 1,000 cupcakes. They had to used three different recipes, each having a unique decoration related to wrestling.
Some of the flavors included a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter cheesecake filling, a whipped cream icing topped with a blue and orange fondant star, and a banana cupcake with a spiced white chocolate whipped ganache and a fondant WWE logo.
Cocca-Dott’s eight year-old son, Payton Dott accompanied his Mom on their journey to Los Angeles. According to Cocca-Dott he is a huge wrestling fan and was completely star struck when they met John Cena and Vince McMahon.
Cocca-Dott and O’Connor weren’t the only returning competitors in the competition. An Austin, Texas cupcake shop called ‘Pick Your Poison’ also returned for a third time.
“They were amazing and I was definitely intimidated,” said Cocca-Dott. “But I knew when I went this time it was my third and final trip, so I set my mind to it and tried to stay focused.”
Ever since their appearance on Saturday’s episode, Coccadott’s e-mail has been flooding with messages of congratulations and kind words.
“To read what people are saying to us is so unbelievable,” said Cocca-Dott. “Thank goodness for all of the people that believed in me and pushed our business, because if you don’t have support you don’t have anything.”
As tears filled Cocca-Dott’s eyes she explained what an amazing opportunity she has been given not only with ‘Cupcake Wars,’ but with her business in general. When she first started out she bought all used equipment, cleaned and spray painted everything then finished it off by adding polka-dot stickers. She said never thought it would be what it is today.
“It is so important to do something you enjoy because it makes life that much better,” said Cocca-Dott. “This is not my job, this is my passion and my dream, and I never want to wake up.”