SWEET! A Grand Junction baker on ‘Cupcake Wars’
Cupcakes haven’t always been her thing. But when Redlands resident Pattie Dravis tasted a store-bought cupcake at a party two years ago, she knew she could do it better. Already an accomplished baker, she began experimenting with moist cake batter (made with oil, not butter) and frosting created with whipped cream (sans butter, too).
“It’s not overly sugary,” Dravis said of her recipes.
Fast forward to present day: Dravis, a 53-year-old retired flight attendant, now runs her own catering business — Pattie’s Tiny Cakes — and bakes a variety of cupcakes to order. Plus, she’s about to make her television debut this Sunday, May 19, on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”
“It’s work!” Dravis said of the five hours she spent filming the popular sweet-treat competition. “It was stressful and fun at the same time.”
On Sunday’s “Cupcake Wars,” Dravis will face three other bakers from California, Michigan and Virginia in a fast-paced competition to create tasty cupcakes in line with a particular theme for “a black-tie gala celebrating the shuttle Endeavour’s arrival in Los Angeles,” a news release said. Out of the four competitors, only one baker will win the “Cupcake Wars.”
“My sister — Kelly Kenyon from DeForest, Wisc. — was my assistant on the show. We’re both twins — I have a twin brother and my sister has a twin sister. And I like to say we grew up in a ‘Gang.’ I have seven siblings, and my maiden name is Gang,” Dravis said with a laugh.
“Grand Junction will be spotlighted on the show,” she added, including Pufferbelly Station Restaurant (337 S. First St.).
According to Dravis, actual filming for her spot on “Cupcake Wars” took place November 2012 in Los Angeles. She auditioned in September, with a short video.
“I had to keep it quiet though,” Dravis said. “That’s a long time to keep a big secret! …I never knew what was going on next. It was a long process for the whole thing.”
Tune in Sunday, May 19, at 6 p.m. MST to see Dravis compete and hopefully win!
NEED SOME CUPCAKES?
Pattie’s Tiny Cakes award-winning cupcakes must be ordered for an event a few days to a week (or more) in advance, depending on the amount and any special requests. She bakes from a commercial kitchen, designed for her business and located at the back of her home, which she shares with her husband, Ken.
Dravis “is very accommodating and makes it very easy to order,” said Amanda Crysler, who works for Grand Junction’s United Way. “She will bake just about anything you ask for!”
United Way puts on Taste of the Grand Valley as a fundraiser for local nonprofits. Dravis won the People’s Choice Award for ‘Best Dessert’ at this year’s 11th annual Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley in February, according to a news release.
The cost for Tiny Cakes runs $30 for a dozen, $40 for two dozen, and $45 for 70 bite-sized cupcakes.
“What makes Pattie’s Tiny Cakes better than store-bought cupcakes is simply the taste,” Crysler said in an email. “I can definitely overeat her ‘tiny cakes’! I’m very proud of Pattie Dravis and can’t wait to watch ‘Cupcake Wars’ on Sunday night!”
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