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'Cupcake Wars' takes on Los Angeles Opera's 'La Boheme'

February 14, 2012 |  2:00 pm

Ever wanted to see a classic opera reinterpreted with baked goods? The Food Network’s competition show “Cupcake Wars” earlier this week had four bakers compete for a $10,000 prize and a chance to showcase their treats at a party to celebrate the Los Angeles Opera’s upcoming revival  of “La Boheme.”

The challenges included a flavor tribute to opera’s birthplace, Italy, a lavishly dressed cast of cupcakes inspired by different “La Boheme” characters and a 1,000-cupcake final opus with plenty of candied broken hearts.

The episode will repeat on Wednesday.

Soprano Ailyn Perez, who will be L.A. Opera's Mimi, served as a guest judge, and husband-and-wife-run bakery Casereccio Cakes from Florida took home the grand prize. “La Boheme” will be on stage  May 12-June 2 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, but the cupcakes have made their final curtain call.

The Food Network has the winning recipe, featuring bubbly and buttercream. 


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--Jamie Wetherbe

Photo: Champagne cupcakes with Italian butterceam were served at the L.A. Opera party. Credit: Food Network.