This isn’t your average baking competition, and Carencro baker Nina Marie Charles is up to the challenge.

Netflix’s newest cooking series, “Is it Cake ?,” is showcasing the trend that took social media by storm: hyper-realistic cakes that look like everyday items Carencro baker Nina Maria Charles is one of nine bakers selected to participate in the show. What started as a small passion project has landed her national recognition.

Carencro baker Nina Maria Charles is one of nine bakers selected to participate in Netflix's new baking show

Born in Lafayette and raised in Carencro, Charles grew up liking cakes but not considering herself much of a baker. Some of her fondest baking memories came around her birthday when her mother and aunts would bake cakes from scratch. When her brother had a child she wanted to continue that family tradition.

“My brother had his first child, my godchild, and I wanted to recreate that kind of memory for him,” Charles explains. “I went ahead and (baked a cake) for his first birthday. And it was an absolute disaster! It was embarrassing.

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