MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Before she even opened her Minnesota bakery, Abby Jimenez became the state’s first pastry chef to win Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”
Jimenez, who will be opening Nadia Cakes in Maple Grove sometime in March, won the Food Network competition in part thanks to her cheesecake cupcake that wowed the judges.READ MORE: Deona Knajdek, Protester Hit And Killed In Uptown, Remembered As 'Wonderful Person'
Jimenez said she’s a self-taught baker “who just really loves to create desserts that are as pleasing to the eye as they are on the taste buds.”
And on “Cupcake Wars” she did just that.READ MORE: Driver Plows Into Protesters In Uptown; Woman Killed Identified As Deona Knajdek
Judge Florian Bellanger even bragged Jimenez made the best cheesecake cupcake that he’s ever tasted on the show.
Jimenez said she and her husband Carlos visited 23 states in 2011 before deciding to build their bakery in Maple Grove.
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Nadia Cakes is currently under construction and is expected to open in March at the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes.