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Alaska bakers compete on 'Cupcake Wars'

Posted: November 24, 2013 - 1:10am
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In this Nov. 21, 2013 photo, Kastle Sorensen poses with a selection of Thanksgiving cupcakes in her "Kastle's Kreations" cupcake kitchen in Eagle River, Alaska. Sorensen and her assistant Amy Grue will be competing on the television show "Cupcake Wars" which will air on Saturday, November 23, 2013, on the Food Network. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen)  LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU-TV, KTVA-TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)  Bob Hallinen
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In this Nov. 21, 2013 photo, Kastle Sorensen poses with a selection of Thanksgiving cupcakes in her "Kastle's Kreations" cupcake kitchen in Eagle River, Alaska. Sorensen and her assistant Amy Grue will be competing on the television show "Cupcake Wars" which will air on Saturday, November 23, 2013, on the Food Network. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen) LOCAL TV OUT (KTUU-TV, KTVA-TV) LOCAL PRINT OUT (THE ANCHORAGE PRESS, THE ALASKA DISPATCH)

ANCHORAGE — An Eagle River cupcake baker and her assistant are set to star in an episode of “Cupcake Wars” this weekend.

Cupcake-truck owner Kastle Sorensen and her assistant, Amy Grue, have studied the long-running show, analyzing past episodes for as many as 12 hours at a time, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The episode featuring them is set to air at 4 p.m. Saturday on the Food Network. The episode has already been recorded, but Sorensen can’t say who won because of the network’s confidentiality agreement.

The bakers will say their mandatory ingredient was seafood.

“We eat this for dinner, not in a cupcake,” Sorensen said.

To prepare for any potential curve balls, Sorensen and Grue made practice cupcakes with ingredients like cow brain and beef tongue.

They are the first bakers from Alaska to be featured on the show, which is a bake-off centered on a theme.

Sorensen’s cupcake-truck business is called Kastle’s Kreations. The business is based out of Eagle River but sometimes the truck can be seen on the streets of Anchorage.

This is the third time Sorensen has auditioned to be on “Cupcake Wars.” It was the first time she auditioned with Grue, who sold her Anchorage bakery, Cakes in Love, because she was getting overwhelmed by the business.

When Sorensen got a call that they were chosen to be on the show, she left screaming messages for Grue.

During the final round of their participation, bakers had four extra assistants to help them create 1,000 cupcakes in two hours. Sorensen said it would normally take her 20 hours to make that many cupcakes.

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