Butte attorney competes on Food Network's Cupcake Wars


Butte attorney competes on Food Network's Cupcake Wars

BUTTE, Mont. - A Butte lawyer got the chance to try to prove her baking skills on national television.

You'll usually find Kelli Fivey in a Butte-Silver Bow courtroom. But she'll be the first to tell you, there's a lot more to her than what you find in court.

"You got to laugh at yourself a little bit," Fivey explained.

Most people know Kelli Fivey as the Deputy County Attorney for Butte-Silver Bow. That was until last Saturday, when she appeared on Food Network's Cupcake Wars.

"It was really high pressure," Fivey said. "You're being timed the whole time, you're trying to remember ingredients and recipes, and you have three other sets of bakers that know what they're doing, so it's fast-paced, high pressure, but fun at the same time."

Turns out she was eliminated in the first round of the competition, after a few mishaps like tripping and spilling her batter, and accidentally mixing powdered sugar and flour.

She was worried her appearance on the show might negatively affect business, but said, so far, the people of Butte have been nothing but supportive.

But Fivey's TV debut is just one ingredient in her baking story.

"I thought I could really make a run at this, so maybe this is something Butte needs -- a cute little cupcake store," she said.

Fivey co-owns Sugar, a Cupcakery, a new cupcake store opening on Harrison Avenue.  

"I was a little worried at first that it might kill the store because of how I did on the show, but people have been great," she explained. And that's welcome relief.

"Everybody wants to know when the store's opening," she said, "even that I fell and even that I didn't put flour in a cupcake, and presented a soupy mess to the judges, people don't seem to care. They actually have really embraced us and they are ready to try some of our treats."

And though she will now be juggling her full-time job as an attorney, and running a new business, Fivey said she hopes her TV career isn't over.

"Who doesn't love an underdog story?" she said. "So I'd love to go back and do it again and see if I can do better than last time."

Fivey and her business partner are opening Sugar at 1822 Harrison Avenue. They hope to have it up and running before Thanksgiving.

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