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Franz's business partner the bakery's president and founder, Jenine Cravatt was doling out "designer" cupcakes from behind the front counter as an employee prepared others in the back.

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On the show, one team is eliminated after each round until only one remains. The final prize: $10,000. (Robert Casillas / Staff Photographer)

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Manhattan Beach bakery ready to do battle on TV's 'Cupcake Wars'

She did mention details about the three challenges, however, all of which seem daunting even for the most seasoned pastry chef.

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Cupcakes Couture pastry chefs Stephanie Franz, left, and Natalie Flores admire examples of their Nike Air Force 1 Sales Figures

"It kind of tests your stress level," said the 25 year old Franz, who has appeared on the show once before and was disqualified because of timing issues. "It just tests you and your culinary abilities, if you can think on your feet."

Some were there to look, others to buy the cakes that were dolloped with icing Air Force 1 Sneakers White and topped with berries, dried banana chips, swirls of chocolate and more.

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"It ended on a note where they said, We're really sad, and we'd like to have you back here,"' she said.

"It was my ultimate goal to be on the Food Network," she said. "I've always loved the Food Network because they taught me what I know.".

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The trendy Cupcakes Couture seemed to have an orderly routine down as a stream of people wandered off the beach for the day, looking for something sweet to eat. Open of Surfing.

handiwork at their Manhattan Beach bakery. (Robert Casillas / Staff Photographer)

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Franz said she reached out to the network for the chance to appear on the first and second seasons of Cupcakes Wars, and got picked for the second run. This time, though, she said the network called her to suggest she compete again after being dropped for her timing.

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Stephanie Franz was all smiles as the line of customers grew one recent afternoon inside her Cupcakes Couture bakery in Manhattan Beach.

the competitors have 75 minutes to bake and decorate three kinds of cupcakes in a "surfer" theme a test of both taste and presentation, she said.

show sets a two hour limit for competitors to make 1,000 cupcakes and assemble them in a display.

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Franz, sharing a look with Flores, admits she can get anxious under pressure. But she wouldn't say specifically what happened during filming and contractually, can't reveal whether Cupcakes Couture landed on top.

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