‘Cake Boss’ features local baker

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A Middle Tennessee business owner has completed competition on a TLC reality television show that sought out the next great baker in America.

Qualls, the owner and lead designer of Maples Wedding Cakes in Murfreesboro, was chosen to compete as one of 10 best bakers in America on Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker. The show debuted on TLC on December 6. For five weeks and up to 18 hours a day, Qualls and nine other contestants taped the series.

Qualls advanced through six rounds of eliminations before being sent home last night in a controversial decision. Still, the native of Fairview, Tenn. has much to celebrate. Since 2005, he’s been one of the most popular bakers in Middle Tennessee, making wedding cakes for numerous celebrities. Before the television show, Qualls’ cakes had been featured in several national wedding magazines.

Maples Wedding Cakes will move to 21st Avenue near downtown Nashville this month. To learn more about the bakery, visit MaplesWeddingCakes.com.