Bear in mind the Cupcake Guys? Final yr, Brian “Rak” Orakpo and Michael “Griff” Griffin starred in a industrial for Microsoft Floor Professional 6 wherein the previous NFL gamers launched their cupcake enterprise, a bakery they opened three years in the past in Austin, Texas, with enterprise companion and faculty good friend “Little Bryan” Hynson.
Now the Cupcake Guys are going greater. They’ve a particular airing Saturday at 1 p.m. on Food Network and streaming on discovery+. It’s no coincidence this system’s airing on Super Bowl weekend, when all issues football-related get a bit extra consideration.
In Cupcake Guys Coaching Camp, govt produced by Michael Strahan, the threesome help three bakers in following their desires of getting their very own bakery. Throughout a 48-hour interval, every will get a baking truck and tries their baking and promoting abilities, with one winner receiving seed cash to assist them obtain their entrepreneurial drams.
The Cupcake Guys perceive the technical aspect of baking, and their abilities are on show in the course of the the present.
“I feel it’s a bit completely different once you get a baker outdoors of the kitchen and right into a meals truck,” says Griffin. “It’s a smaller area. They’re not accustomed to these ovens. Various things can occur, it might probably change the product once you cook dinner below completely different situations, so it was actually attention-grabbing to see how the bakers tailored.”
“Being worthwhile, being constant is difficult in that setting,” says Orakpo. “If you begin a enterprise at residence, it’s a snug place, you may take your time with preorders. You may be very constant.”
They know from expertise. Griffin and Orakpo, who performed at College of Texas collectively and later had been teammates with the Tennessee Titans, had been on the lookout for entrepreneurial choices after soccer.
“We needed to get a jumpstart on the following a part of our profession whereas we had been enjoying. We checked out a couple of completely different choices, and we determined one of the best factor for us to do was what we beloved to do—eat sweets and make sweets. We put two and two collectively,” Orakpo says.
They rapidly realized franchising was their most suitable choice and linked with Gigi’s Cupcakes, a bakery chain with areas throughout the nation. “We lacked enterprise expertise, so franchising was a extra simplistic, turnkey possibility. We needed to do lots of small issues, however we had a giant company to assist us make the transition smoother,” Orakpo says.
“The method was already in place, and we’ve got a very good help system,” Hynson says.
The pandemic hit because the Cupcake Guys’ bakery completed its second yr. Like different small companies, Gigi’s needed to make changes.
“We created lots of new processes to remain secure, and I feel we’ll use lots of these going ahead to counterpoint our retailer,” Griffin says. “They guarantee we preserve the shop clear. And we received our choose of a high crop of staff. They’re nice they usually’ve actually helped us via COVID.”
After all, the massive query, because the Meals Community particular is bowing this weekend, is: Who do the Cupcake Guys suppose will win the Super Bowl? Hynson says he’d wish to see Tom Brady choose up one other ring. Griffin and Orakpo disagree.
“It must be Kansas Metropolis,” Griffin says. “Patrick Mahomes is representing the Large 12.”