About Hollis Wilder

I am an epicurean of all things sweet, savory, salty and sublime. I am proud to say I am an L.A. based chef, the creator of Sweet By Holly cupcakes and the first two- time winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. I was featured on the Cooking Channel’s Cupcake Confidential and author of  Savory Bites with Stewart, Tabori & Chang, an Imprint of ABRAMS books, now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Thank you for joining me on my journey.

My Journey

Through travel and experience, I learned how to cook. I am a self-taught chef and my passions have fueled each step of my career.

One serendipitous day, Max Mutchnick (the creator and producer of Will & Grace) took a chance on me, when he hired me to make the shows daily lunches. It was then that I began to make my mark on Hollywood. I delighted in feeding the writers and producers of Seinfeld, Will & Grace, Weeds and That 70′s Show, just to name a few. These connections led me to prepare food for a hungry Hollywood.

In 2004, I moved to Winter Park, Florida with my family and opened Sweet By Holly; the first cupcake and frozen yogurt store of its kind. The Food Network called me and invited me to be on the Cupcake Wars and I won creating the first salmon cupcake that has been celebrated on this hit series. It was then that ABRAMS Books approached me and invited me to write a book.

Marrying my savory past with the classic American cupcake pan, I am preparing for the release of my first cookbook with ABRAMS in 2013.  This book with Stewart, Tabori & Chang, on an exclusive submission, by Alison Fargis at the Stonesong Press, is centered around making mini meals in a cupcake pan. Many of the recipes featured are drawn from my days in Hollywood and my continued desire to please the opinionated palates that I feed.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey, in celebrating my self-taught hard work and the success that has come from my dedication to being the very best that I can be. Ask yourself, “What is the cupcake in your life?”

 ”If food is love, then I’m making it”


To Inspire and Surprise