by Kerry Speckman // photo by Agnes Lopez
Anyone who watched the first season of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network must have thought contestant Hollis Wilder was nuts when she presented a salmon-lemon cupcake with cream cheese frosting to the judges. But, her risky recipe paid off, and she won the competition. Since 2010, she’s been invited back—becoming the show’s first two-time winner—and will be appearing in a fan-favorite episode later this year. How’s that for just desserts?
Currently, Wilder owns and operates two SweetByHolly cupcake and frozen yogurt shops: the original in Orlando, and one in Jacksonville at the St. Johns Towns Center. She also makes dozens of TV appearances and will release her first cookbook, Savory Bites: Meals You Can Make in Your Cupcake Pan, on Mother’s Day. Here are some other tidbits about Wilder you won’t read in any of her recipes: