Rachel Cocca-Dott and partner Matthew O’Connor of the cake shop Coccadotts on Central Avenue were eliminated after the first of three rounds on the show “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Network Tuesday night.
In the first “taste” round, competitors were asked to make an “MVP” cupcake inspired by the types of foods athletes would eat. The two final teams would eventually be asked to bake 1,000 cupcakes with the winner displaying theirs at the 2011 ESPY Awards and receiving a $10,000 prize.
Cocca-Dott and O’Connor created an almond batter with fresh blueberries and cream-cheese frosting, with a touch of orange zest. They created three cupcakes, one for each judge. Each cupcake was decorated with a word of encouragement on top. Other ingredients competitors could choose from included spinach, powdered sports drink and garbanzo beans.
After their first cupcake batch contained too much salt, the pair had to restart with about 13 minutes left on the clock. Cocca-Dott pulled the second batch from the oven without checking them and served the judges undercooked treats.
Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery, said the team’s desserts were wet. “I don’t even know how you got that texture.”
Executive French pastry chef Florian Bellanger said it was too bad his cupcake didn’t say “courage” because that’s what he needed to eat it.
Interviewed after the loss, Cocca-Dott said the elimination was too bad because she had a lot more to show them, adding she was “crushed.”
Cocca-Dott created some controversy with her comments about other local bakeries in the beginning of the show, at one point stating that they were the first cupcakery in the Albany area and now they are popping up on every corner. Also adding, “Make your own [cupcakes]. Don’t send spies in and buy mine and copy them.”
Neither Cocca-Dott nor O’Connor were available for comment Wednesday because they are in South Carolina assisting with the opening of their second location in Myrtle Beach.
General manager Dan Snyder said on Wednesday the shop’s employees would have loved to see the pair advance to the final round, but everyone still had a good time.