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Posted on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 : 5:42 p.m.

Ann Arbor's Courtney Clark hopes to cook up a win on Monday episode of TLC's "Ultimate Cake Off"

By Chrysta Cherrie


Fresh off of Eve Aronoff's stint on "Top Chef," another prominent member of the local food community is having a brush with the small screen. Courtney Clark, baker and owner of Kerrytown cupcake shop Cake Nouveau, appears on an episode of TLC's "Ultimate Cake Off." Clark's episode premieres on Monday at 10 p.m. but reairs frequently.

The series, which debuted earlier this month, features three different contestants each week who race against the clock to create masterpiece cakes in pursuit of a $10,000 prize and the opportunity to feature their cake at a special event. On the road to the big win, the contestants must also complete two mini-challenges that test their technique and taste. But winning the mini-challenges is no cakewalk, either: at stake is the chance to sit out another team for 30 minutes. Courtney's episode is based around the theme of square dancing, with the winning cake being showcased at the 58th National Square Dance Convention.

Watch Courtney's 'Cake Off' audition video on the TLC web site.

Clark's no stranger to the culinary competition world, having participated in multiple "Food Network Challenge" events since 2006. And it's been a very successful run, with her taking home top honors for cakes made as part of its Detroit Jazz Festival and Disney Pixar challenges. Most recently, her creations took her to the final round of "Last Cake Standing," a multiple-episode, elimination-style spin-off of the FNC format. Her shop, Cake Nouveau, is also a winner, earning top-five (2008) and #1 honors (2007) in's "Vote 4 the Best" Guide (Best Cakes in Detroit category). For images and more information about Courtney's award-winning cakes, check out the coverage on her website.


With a background as a traditional artist but ultimately moving from canvas to cake, these challenges are the perfect platform for Clark to showcase her unique skills. Tune in to "Ultimate Cake Off" on TLC to see if there's another sweet victory in store.

Chrysta Cherrie is the entertainment producer/copy editor for Reach her at or 734-623-2526, and follow her on Twitter @chrystacherrie.

Photos courtesy Discovery. First: Courtney Clark works on her square dance-themed cake. Second: Courtney (far right) with her "Ultimate Cake Off" teammates.



Thu, Sep 3, 2009 : 9:36 p.m.

good luck...hope you dont get lamb blasted like eve did