Good news so far in Carrie Bishop’s bid to be ‘“The Greatest Baker of 2020.” The founder of Rome’s Cupcakes Around the Corner made it to the next round, finishing fourth in the top five. Bishop is now in third place for the group winner round. The challenge now: She needs to finish in the top spot in voting under way through Nov. 19 to continue to advance in the competition. Everyone can vote for free each day; “hero votes” where you get extra votes for making a donation to No Kid Hungry Foundation also are available.
- Click here to vote.
- Complete details below.
Carrie’s on the road today as well. Try the White Christmas cupcake on sale today from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until sold out. Look for the Cupcakes Around the Corner mobile unit at 1709 Martha Berry Highway (Apria Healthcare parking lot).
By Natalie Simms
Local baker Carrie Bishop, owner of Cupcakes Around the Corner, is hoping to add a new title to her resume. Dubbed the “world’s largest online competition for bakers,” Bishop is competing against bakers from all over the world for recognition as ‘The Greatest Baker of 2020’.
“One of my friends encouraged me to apply for the competition,” says Bishop. “But I am so introverted, I was hesitant to do so. But I finally decided to try because you never know what could happen and here I am in the Top 10 in my group.”
Bishop is competing in groups of regional bakers.Next, the top 5 vote-getters between now and Thursday will advance to the next round that will run Nov. 13-19. The winner will be announced on Dec. 10.
“Folks can vote once daily for free but they can also purchase a ‘Hero Vote’ that is worth more votes with all funds benefiting the No Kid Hungry Foundation,” she says.
Bishop currently is fourth in her group. If she wins the competition, she will receive a two-page feature in the Bake from Scratch Magazine, a year’s supply of Stuff Puff and a $10,000 cash prize. Click here to vote.
“If I win, I will put all the money back into my business,” she says. “I am working on some changes that I plan to announce after the first of the year and the prize money would really help us grow.”
Bishop started Cupcakes Around the Corner in 2012 by selling her treats at downtown shops.
“One thing led to another and I was asked to set up cupcake displays and I would sell out immediately,” she says. “My dad and my husband then built out a trailer for me to be my dessert food truck and it has taken off.”
She also ran a shop inside the Hawthorn Suites for a time but went back to her food truck full-time in 2017 and has been staying busy ever since.
“Business is really great. I have actually grown a lot since the pandemic, which I am grateful for. I have added a lot of things to my menu, so I am not just making cupcakes, but also cookies, pies, breads, brownies and cakes. Word is getting out and our social media is growing,” she says. “I usually sell out every Friday.”
Bishop takes pre-orders during the week, as well as makes extra to sell to walk-up customers, and sets up her truck on Fridays in the Apria Healthcare parking lot on Martha Berry Boulevard.
When asked about her ‘signature’ bake, Bishop says, “That is a tough one but I would have to say my classic wedding cake with my signature buttercream frosting. As delicious as the cake layers are, I really thing its more of a vehicle for my special buttercream. I used it to top a lot of my cupcake flavors as well as my popular buttercream cookies.”
Bishop began offering ‘treat boxes’ earlier this year that include a sampling of her entire menu including a cupcake, cookies, bars/brownies or candies. “They are very popular,” she says.
Bishop has been baking for at least 30 years as she began learning from her mother and grandmother in the kitchen at a young age.
“I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember,” she says. “I am a fifth-generation baker. My grandmother was known as ‘The Cake Lady’ in town. Baking has always been my happy place and sharing that love with others is the best feeling.”
Aside from participating in the online competition, Bishop is gearing up for a busy holiday baking season. She is taking orders for Thanksgiving with her pies her most popular item. Click here to see her menu. The deadline for orders is Nov. 20, but that is subject to change if she sells out before. She is also taking orders for Christmas goodies, deadline is Dec. 12.
“Thanksgiving was extremely busy last year, especially big with pies. And it seems to be the same so far this year. I also have lots of businesses who ask me to do treat boxes for their customers for the holidays, so it is definitely a busy time of year,” she says.