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Chester Bake Shop Wins ‘Cupcake Wars’

Long Valley native Cheryl Burger and Roxbury resident Stacie Filipow of the Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe will feature their winning cupcakes in the store.

In the end, passion and creativity outweighed training and experience. Cheryl Burger, owner of the in Chester, was the only contestant not formally trained for baking beat back a former cake boss employee and two other teams to win Sunday’s installment of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network.

As winner, the Long Valley resident takes home $10,000 and had the honor of serving her cupcakes at actress Kristin Cavallari‘s baby shower.

“We are a small little shop and we can do a lot with $10,000,” Burger said. “There is equipment we can purchase now."

From the first challenge, the judges had mostly complimentary things to say about the four cupcakes Burger and Filipow made.

And the one that didn’t work?

“They didn’t like the margarita cupcake so we changed it to a coconut and lime cupcake,” Burger said. “I am here to win.”

The other winning offerings included a banana cupcake with yogurt whipped cream filling, sweet potato cream cheese frosting and white chocolate, a lemon cupcake filled with blueberry compote and topped with vanilla butter cream and drizzled with blueberry syrup and a vanilla cupcake filled with strawberries and chocolate whipped cream with strawberry buttercream icing.

“Judges loved our cupcake in the first round, but that just put a tremendous amount of pressure on us for the next round to male our cupcakes perfect,” Burger said.

While winning the money was nice, Burger said getting the word out about her shop was one of the major benefits of being on the show.

“We’re in a nice little small town and this would be great for more people to come to us and see what we do here,” Burger said.

And now, residents of Chester and nearby towns need only come to main street to sample the same cupcakes that pleased the judges palletes.

“I knew we could win because I know we serve delicious cupcakes every single day.” Burger said.

Look for our complete conversation with Cheryl Burger this week on Patch.

12345678 August 13, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Congratulations!! The judges seemed to really love your cupcakes! Can't wait to try them all!
Indoor Outdoor August 13, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Congratulations to these Long Valley girls who deserve this honor for their hard work and pursuit of a dream. Patch is not CNN and is designed for community. As such, local accomplishments deserve high rank, recognition, and praise. Great to be heralded as Breaking News, Russ. Keep up the great work!
Jennifer Simon August 14, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Congratulations!! And I consider this breaking news for a local shop. It's nice that someone out here in Western NJ has gotten some positive attention for an excellent product. It's too bad that hard work and excellence aren't breaking news stories more often....it's violence and deceit that garners the attention most of the time.
Nancy Bodnar August 15, 2012 at 12:06 PM
This is great news......a fun and happy story. Very happy for these girls. Funny thing is, I thought Tom was one of their patrons when I read "this is not breakin news".....as in, of course these cupcakes won! Haha! Keep up the good work.
Teeluvsaruba August 18, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Congratulations. Can't wait to stop down and try your award winning cupcakes. Great job ladies.

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