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SOS: Cupcake Wars Winner

September 22, 2013

It’s a little late, but dammit it’s still Sunday. And there’s an occasional feature on the FLB where I’ll periodically publish the press releases I receive via email.

I had actually thought this one would have been posted on Table Hopping and ballyhooed all around the Capital Region food blogosphere by now. Maybe people will be talking about it on Monday. Who knows.

But given that this local shop was a participant in the FLB/AOA blind cupcake tasting and that I had taken a bullet by tasting all of their Super Bowl cupcakes last year, I’m delighted to share the following news.


ALBANY, N.Y. ─ Persistence pays off for Coccadotts Cake Shop co-owners, Rachel Cocca-Dott and Matthew O’Connor. Coccadotts brought home the $10,000 prize after their third and final trip to Hollywood for the taping of the ninth season of the hit Food Network show “Cupcake Wars.”

“It just goes to show that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. It takes patience and persistence,” said Rachel Cocca-Dott. “Matt and I are very fortunate and we’ve met so many great people along the way. We look forward to what’s ahead including the opening of two new locations in 2014 and are grateful for the support from our staff, family, friends and our valued customers.”

Coccadotts shared the sweet victory Saturday night among a crowd of nearly 800 people at the Holiday Inn at 205 Wolf Road in Albany for a special viewing party. Fans, family and friends watched highlights of the competition as four of the country’s top bakers competed in three elimination rounds. In addition to the $10,000 prize, Coccadotts won the opportunity to showcase their winning cupcakes at WWE SummerSlam. The event featured every big name in wrestling, as well as “Cupcake Wars” guest judges Alicia Fox and Layla, two of WWE’s star divas.

“This is certainly a chapter in our lives we’ll never forget. It truly was an amazing experience,” said Matthew O’Connor.

The Albany viewing party was one of two hosted by Coccadotts. A second party was held for Myrtle Beach customers at the Lakewood Convention Center in Surfside Beach, SC.

Attendees of Coccadotts’ Albany viewing party celebration enjoyed hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and of course more than 3,000 complimentary cupcakes from Coccadotts. PopCrush 105.7 talent Paul Calarco emceed the celebration which included a cupcake eating contest, prizes and giveaways.

About Coccadotts Cake Shop:
Opening their doors in 2007, Coccadotts has quickly won popular acclaim with their delicious cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts. They have piqued the interest of cupcake fans worldwide with the famed Chicken Wing Cupcake. Coccadotts has made numerous television appearances including The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Anderson Live, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and many others; they have definitely made a name for themselves! It seems like just yesterday that best friends Matt and Rachel wanted to open a bakery together. Now here they are six years later with three retail stores, a cupcake truck, a fleet of delivery vehicles and an industrial sized warehouse. In order to keep up with their growing demand, Matt and Rachel’s partnership has grown to include more than just themselves. It would be impossible to serve their thousands of daily customers without the help of their operating partners: Christina Molnar, Michelle Cocca, Christopher Leavitt and Luke Dott. Although they have grown and changed very much over these last few years, one thing will never change: Coccadotts’ desire to make their customers happy. Taste, freshness, appearance and customer satisfaction are qualities that will never be sacrificed at Coccadotts.

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