This is war: Billings baker competing on Food Network's Halloween Wars

For her son’s first birthday, Andrea Vacek served him a caterpillar. That caterpillar spurred her to pursue her dream profession. 

Vacek is a Billings baker and the caterpillar was a cake depicting Eric Carle’s classic children’s story, “The Hungry Caterpillar.”

That cake and many others just as imaginative have launched Vacek to national prominence on the Food Network’s popular and highly competitive reality baking show, Halloween Wars, now in its 12th season.   

Billings resident and star on this season of the Food Network show Halloween Wars Andrea Vacek works on a model cake in her kitchen in west Billings on Wednesday. Vacek owns local cake business Bluebird Sweets and specializes in wedding cakes and sculpture cakes. The next episode Halloween Wars premieres on the Food Network on Sunday, Sept. 25.

AMY LYNN NELSON, Billings Gazette

Vacek’s first cake has turned into countless more, and a business. Vacek is now the owner of Bluebird Sweets, an artisanal cake boutique located out of her home in Billings.

Halloween Wars is a spin-off of other competitive baking shows such as Cupcake Wars and Cake Wars. Five

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