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Cakes by Camille set to make Food Network debut Monday

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By Zac Oakes

 

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A Main Street business will be hitting national television airwaves Monday night. 

Cakes by Camille, a local cupcake shop/bakery located at 111 East Main Street in Campbellsville, will be featured on the Food Network program “Winner Cake All.”

Owner Shanon Camille O’Banion and Andrea Harmon were featured on the show. Their episode will air at 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. 

They will be hosting a watch party at the store that night, beginning at 8 p.m.

“We want to watch this with our friends, family, customers and clients,” O’Banion said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” 

“And there will be cake,” Harmon added. 

It all started with an unexpected phone call one day more than a year ago. 

“They had left a message on the answering machine saying they were interested in us for a couple of new shows they were piloting and to call back if we were interested,” O’Banion said. “Of course, it was once in a lifetime. I had to listen to it a few times to make sure it was legitimate and wasn’t a joke.” 

It wasn’t a joke after all. Producers from the network discovered Cakes by Camille through social media and liked what they saw. Next up were a couple rounds of interviews and then a “cake challenge” at the shop, which ultimately led to them being asked to travel to California in October for six days to appear on the show airing on Monday.

O’Banion and Harmon said they were elated to get the chance to showcase their talents for a national audience. 

“It’s a little surreal,” Harmon said. “I don’t think it will seem real until we see ourselves in the episode.”

“I’ve always compared myself to the people on TV trying to build the business,” O’Banion said. “ We’ve been doing it for almost 10 years now. I always wondered how people on TV did it, how they got there. We just kept going and doing our own thing and doing the best at what we do and now that we’re finally there, it’s really awesome.” 

The premise of the show, which has already aired a few episodes, involves four teams of two people each, similar to “Cake Wars” or “Cupcake Wars,” in which the teams compete for a cash prize. 

Harmon said that she is interested to see how the show comes together, but she said she is confident in their performance.

“There is a little nervousness of how it will turn out, but I am proud of what we did while we were there,” Harmon said. 

The most complicated part, O’Banion said, was working out scheduling.

“You’re talking about several bakers who all have events,” she said.

O’Banion said one of the more rewarding aspects of the experience was meeting bakers from across the country.

“We had a lot of bakers from all around the country, which was great itself,” O’Banion said. “We made a lot of friends that, if we ever need help with anything, they are a phone call away.”

O’Banion said she also hopes that their appearance on the show will ultimately be beneficial to their business. 

“I hope so,” O’Banion said. “We have a lot of people that follow us across the state and we do weddings in a lot of the larger cities. I think [being on the show] gives you a vote of confidence from the general consumer since not everybody gets this opportunity. I think it sets us apart from other bakeries and cake decorators a little bit.”

“To be considered among the best in the nation, that is a huge honor,” Harmon added. 

O’Banion and Harmon have used Facebook to spread the word about their journey to landing a spot on the show, and they said that the local community and their customers have been extremely supportive throughout the process. 

“Everyone has been incredibly supportive,” Harmon said. “Everybody is excited to see the show and has been asking about the show and when it will air. Everybody has been so supportive… We’re proud of what we did so we hope we can make everyone else proud. We couldn’t do this without our friends and families who have stood behind us 100 percent and been there for us, helped us, and pushed us.”

“We’re so appreciative of everyone’s support in the community,” O’Banion said. “It’s been wonderful, but this community has always gotten behind this business and supported us. We’ve had a steady stream of customers since the get-go, so I feel really blessed to live in this small town where everyone seems to rally behind each other. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be on the show anyway because they’re the ones that keep it going. I hope we make them proud representing Campbellsville, Taylor County and central Kentucky.”