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Caroline High grad to appear Sunday on Cupcake Wars

Michelle Anthony, a 1994 graduate of Caroline High School and the owner of Richmond-based Slice of Grace Bakery Boutique, will be a contestant on an episode of Food Network’s popular “Cupcake Wars” series, to air Sunday at 8 p.m. An encore episode will run Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Anthony, who first opened her bakery in Ashland in 2009 and has been open since September in the Richmond location, can’t say much about what happens because of limitations imposed by the network.

“I can tell you that it’s definitely a competition, it’s very intense,” she said. “It was a great experience, and I’m glad I didn’t pass it up.”

She traveled to Los Angeles in October for filming, taking along fellow Caroline native Tanya Johnson as her assistant.

Johnson said she specializes in Southern desserts. In her bakery, she makes a lot of German chocolate cake, red velvet cake, carrot cake and other favorites.

“That’s what I enjoy,” she said.

She is a self-taught chef and a fan of “Cupcake Wars.” She said she first submitted her application to be on the show two seasons ago.