Vegan Bakery Sticky Fingers Beats Out Traditional Sweets On Food Network's 'Cupcake Wars All-Stars'

Local Vegan Bakery Wins 'Cupcake Wars All-Stars'

WASHINGTON -- Over the weekend, Columbia Heights vegan bakeshop Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats became the first of its kind to win Food Network's competition program "Cupcake Wars All-Stars."

Sticky Fingers founder Doron Petersan and head baker Jenny Webb had previously appeared twice on "Cupcake Wars," a qualifying program of sorts for "All-Stars." The Sticky Finger duo were the first vegan bakers to claim victory on that program in March 2011, but didn't quite make the cut when they returned in July.

If that loss bothered them at all, it didn't show Sunday night when "All-Stars" aired. Petersan and Webb won the day with four cupcakes:

  • Rolling Stones Brown Sugar: Brown sugar cupcake with a rum frosting topped and brown sugar brittle
  • Man in Black Johnny Cashew: Black cocoa cupcake with black cocoa dark chocolate frosting topped with dark chocolate cashew candy
  • Salt-n-Peppa Inspired: Chocolate bourbon smoked pepper cupcake with salted caramel and vanilla bean frosting topped with fondant candy headphones
  • Chuck Berry Inspired: Orange cupcake stuffed with blueberry cinnamon filling and covered in raspberry frosting, then topped with a sparkly red fondant guitar

"Flavor has always been our first priority," said Petersan in a release, "and with the All-Stars win we are proud to have our vegan sweets rise above some of the best non-vegan cupcakes in the country."

Jumping on the trend, the shop plans to release Petersan's first cookbook, "Sticky Fingers' Sweets! 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes," on Feb. 16. Pre-orders for the book, which goes for $27.50, are now being accepted online at the shop's website.

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