Bay St. Louis woman becomes baking champion
A Bay St. Louis woman achieved her lifelong dream of opening her very own bakery after winning a Food Network competition.
What would you do if you won $25,000 in a competition? For Bay St. Louis resident Renee Loranger, it was to open her very own bakery and custom cake shop.
Loranger won the prize money after winning season seven of Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship after beating out 11 other competitors. “It was very surreal and just really a dream come true because I’ve always wanted to be on Food Network for a long time. I’ve wanted to do these contests for a long time.”
This was Loranger’s second attempt at the prize money. She made an appearance in season six of the competition and barely missed out on the prize money, finishing in the top three. “So, to not just do it one time, but to get to do it twice and then come back and win was just icing on the cake.”
Originally from Southern California, Loranger relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2000. With all the prize money in hand, she was able to open up her bakery Sugar Pop on October 26th inside the Ground Zero Museum at 335 Coleman Avenue in Waveland. Husband and Co-Owner of Sugar Pop Darren Loranger said, “I mean, it couldn’t have come at a better time and it couldn’t have happened in a better way. She’s been waiting for this moment her whole life and I’m super proud of her.”
The store is filled with pastries, cupcakes, cookies, and cakes. They sold out on its very first day. “All the items are homemade. They’re freshly baked every single day and it’s just me and another baker and we are baking our little hearts out.”