I am so excited to share this post with you today! Being this blog mostly about scrumptious baking, I think it is very appropriate to bring you my first one-on-one interview with Reality TV Star & Baker/Pastry Chef Corina Elgart owner of Cakes by Taste from the TLC show Next Great Baker with the one and only Buddy Valestro The Cake Boss ! Along with a very gracious giveaway from The Twinery!
The Twine Lover's Pack
The bakers twine from The Twinery is so fun & & colorful and can be used in so many ways, maybe you will win & you can use it to share what you bake with the scrumptious recipe that Corina shares with us here today! This giveaway is for Twiner’s Love Pack! You will receive 8 full spools in 8 different fun and bright colors worth $98 (more details at the end of the post)
image courtesy of The Purple Pug
If you have been watching the The Next Great Baker you know that Corina isn’t shy & is very passionate! I have my favorites of the show one being Corina, I give her all the credit in the world for following a dream by doing this show and having the strength to leave her family to do what a girl needs to do……Bake with the boss the Cake Boss!
Let read what she has to say….
Filming has been over for some time what has been your main focus in the last few months?
Keeping my head above water, lol. It’s been such a whirlwind. As soon as I returned from filming I had cake orders to fill that were booked prior to me leaving…that was my priority, after all, I had just opened a month prior to filming. I needed to focus on building my business. Fortunately we were not able to speak to much about the show when we returned so it made it easy for me to keep the priority on the business.
What was your biggest challenge personally in the weeks of taping?
The biggest challenge was being away from my husband and children. Keith (my husband) is such a support system and he’s an incredible sounding board. I missed hearing his voice-he is usually the voice of reason for me. My children are my little meatballs…I missed their voices and faces terribly.
What did you "take away" from the whole over-all experience of The Next Great Baker?
What DIDN’T I take away from this….I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I took away amazing friendships and colleagues; I took away priceless tricks of the trade, and most of all I took away the best experience I could have asked for.
Do you have any regrets from the show after watching it?
It’s funny, initially I would say yes, my fight with joe, etc…but in reality, if I drive myself crazy with regret and shoulda-woulda-coulda’s I will lose sight of the experience I HAD. I can’t change anything that happened, I cannot change the way the show was edited. All I can do is move forward, continue to have people get to know me and what I do and enjoy my life and job.
How has Next Great Baker helped you personally or from a business standpoint?
I helped me learn humility and acceptance. After seeing what people say and post and seeing yourself on national television you need to pull back a little and take it all in, the good and the bad and just learn to accept it for what it is. From a business standpoint I was able to use the platform to be featured in newspapers, Newsday, The New York Times (Sunday edition) and many local papers. This was terrific because it brought attention to my shop. Also, being on television I receive many calls for people who are booking cakes over the phone because of the show. It’s truly been a blessing.
Would you do a reality TV show again?
I’m sure I would! However, It would depend of course…would Joe be there?! I’m KIDDING….had to throw that in there!
What is your favorite sweet that you create.....would you share the recipe with us?
I have many favorites…it’s hard to choose….my pumpkin recipe is up there. If I could sell this all year round I would..it’s scrumptious and also makes great cupcakes with a cinnamon buttercream.
Corina's Pumpkin Cake Recipe
Preheat to 375
15 oz canned pure pumpkin
2t Baking soda
1 ½ salt
3 ½ c Flour
1t of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg
½ t mace
2/3 cold water
Add ingredients to mixer in order…bake @ 375 for 35 minutes then lower temp to 350 for 15 additional minutes
I love a good pumpkin recipe for sure....it is one of my favorite things to bake in the fall especially to give as gifts to people! Thank you so much Corina for sharing more about you and your recipe!! We are all pulling for you, especially Nicole from The Twinery! She was so excited when I asked her to be apart of this because Corina is her fav to win the show! Would you like to win the giveaway?!
Here is what you need to do~
1) Like our fan pages on Facebook ! Leave a comment on each of their pages that you are visiting from Scrumptious Swirls! Leave a comment on my page that you visited and liked our pages!
2) Stop by The Twinery blog, come back let us know here on this post how you will use all of your new twine!
Winner will be chosen on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 9pm EST. Any entries received after this time will not be considered. Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen using random.org.
Good luck! Good luck Corina in the upcoming weeks of Next Great Baker!!