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Utah blogger to compete on Halloween Baking Championship

First Published      Last Updated Sep 29 2015 06:57 pm

Utah baker and blogger Ashley Prisbrey is one of "seven deadly contestants" to participate in the upcoming "Halloween Baking Championship" series on Food Network.

The four-week culinary competition premieres Monday, Oct. 5, and features amateur and professional bakers who create spider cupcakes, cheesecake coffins, witch finger cookies and mummy macarons in hopes of winning the $25,000 grand prize. Check local listings for times.

To survive the haunted competition, hosted by Richard Blais, contestants must prove their baking abilities and impress judges Ron Ben-Israel ("Sweet Genius"), Carla Hall ("Top Chef All-Star") and Sherry Yard (Wolfgang Puck pastry chef).




During the first hourlong episode, the bakers' skills are tested in the preheat challenge to create cupcakes using iconic trick-or-treat candies, including candy corn, peanut-butter cups and lollipops. The winner gets a special advantage in the main challenge, where the contestants need to make a baked dessert that looks like a classic costume — ghost, zombie, mummy or witch.

Prisbrey, who sports a purple mohawk, was selected for the series after casting officials saw her Ashlee Marie food blog and YouTube channel.

Originally from Portland, Prisbrey has moved 34 times and enjoys making food from different regions and cultures. "I love savory foods as much as baking," said Prisbrey, who now lives in Centerville with her husband and five children ages 4 to 14.

During a recent interview, Prisbrey said she discovered her love of baking several years ago when her husband's job took the family to Japan. "I only had two kids at the time and I craved things I couldn't get like bagels and tortillas," she said. "My husband bought me a specialty oven."

Today, carved cakes that resemble characters from movies are her forte. "I love making cookies or cakes that tie in to a creative story that my kids are enjoying," she said.

While her style is more "cutesy," Prisbrey said she had to find her "inner spookiness" for the competition.

She also likes to take her time when baking and decorating at home, but it was a luxury she gave up quickly during the competition. "You don't realize how fast the time goes by."

kathys@sltrib.com

 

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