Adding to the baking show range on Netflix is Is It Cake?. Is It Cake? that dropped on 18 March 2022 however is not exactly a cooking show like most baking shows that ask bakers to create beautiful cakes that look like, well, cakes. Is It Cake? is more about making cakes that look like other things.
Nine amazing cake artists are brought in to assemble hyper-realistic cakes that look like everyday items in the hopes of fooling the judges each round. Nina Maria Charles, whom we are going to talk about in the rest of this writing is one of them.
Nina Maria Charles On Netflix’s Is It Cake?
Being on TV was never a goal for baker Nina Maria Charles going into the year, but she was for sure excited when approached with the opportunity.
The filming of Is It Cake? lasted about four weeks and she felt blessed to be able to put her amazing cakes on display on such a great platform. (Of course) she was elated to meet an actor from her favorite show. She said one of the episodes she competed in actually had one of the actors from Narcos, her favorite show.
“My favorite part was meeting everyone. Great celebrity judges and making the long-lasting friends that I have now”, Nina recalled smiling.
However, after a fierce final battle, it was Andrew Fuller who was declared the winner of the first-ever Is It Cake?.
In the finale, titled “Winner Fakes All” the winner beat out fellow finalists Hemu Basu and April Julian in the challenge.
Nina, on the other hand, though she did not win the first prize, was not sent home empty-handed.
In the “Cake Or Cash” round, fellow baker Jonny Manganello bagged $10,000 and Nina won $5,000.
Nina Maria Charles Career
So, this way, what started as a small passion project landed Nina national recognition.
She grew up liking cakes but not regarding herself as much of a baker. Some of her fondest baking memories came around her birthday when her mother and aunts would bake cakes from scratch. So, when her brother had his first child, her godchild, she wanted to continue that family tradition. She went ahead and baked a cake. But it turned out to be an “absolute disaster”.
Embarrassed Nina felt like she was going to redeem herself the next year. She decided to study and figure out how to do fondant cakes and all “other stuff” in baking.
So, when a Snoopy cake came out amazing, she posted it and everybody started asking and it became a business, which now has the name of Nina Bakes Cakes.
Her cake business offers a variety of desserts including wedding cakes, tasting boxes, cookies, decorated cakes, cake bouquets, cake bowls, and hyper-realistic cakes. Also, when Charles is not baking she runs her food truck Nina Creole, known for the creole eggrolls and lobster corndogs.
As netflix.com puts it, with her Louisiana-inspired bakes, Nina always makes sure to pay homage to her hometown. If you find yourself in the area, she takes custom cake orders through her Instagram and the website ninabakescakes.com.
Is Nina Maria Charles Married?
“Always the cake designer or a bridesmaid but never a bride 😔😝”, Nina wrote as an Instagram caption on 16 March 2022 implying that she had never been married before.
Nina Maria Charles Age
Every year the 22nd of December marks Nina Maria Charles’ birthday making her a Capricorn. On this day in 2021, she turned 41 years old.
What Do We Know About Nina Maria Charles’s Family?
Nina often mentions/features her “big, Lil aggravating brother” Andrew Charles and their mother Sandy Bonnet on her social media.
Brother Andrew is a corporate finance guy who does handyman work and custom builds on the side.
The Grand Prairie, Texas native claims to be the director of financial planning and analysis at CTI Foods and former staff sergeant at Louisiana Army National Guard. He studied Accountancy at Southern University and A&M College and is married to Carmen Rossum Charles.
Now, Sandy, Nina’s mother is a facility service director at CAJUNDOME. As per her Facebook, she is retired from her job at Lafayette Consolidated Government Parks & Recreation Depart. Back in the day, she also studied Child & Family Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and AA Early Childhood Education at Southwest Louisiana Community College.
The other people in the family would be Nina’s aunt Trincella Bonnet, Nina’s grandmother “Maw Maw”, and a couple of nieces.
Nina Maria Charles Height
Nina Maria Charles stands above 5’6” tall.
Where Is Nina Maria Charles From?
Nina Maria Charles was born in Lafayette and raised in Carencro in Louisiana, the United States. It seemed Nina had never really lived anywhere else.
Is Nina Maria Charles On Instagram?
Yes. Nina Maria Charles could be found on Instagram @ninamariacharles where he entertained 2,129 followers as of 19 March 2022.
Nina also occasionally posted on Twitter @ninamcharles, TikTok @ninamariacharles, and ‘Nina Maria Charles (Nina Maria)’ Facebook and YouTube channel of the same name.
How Much Is Nina Maria Charles Net Worth?
Nina Maria Charles reportedly held above $350K net worth as of March 2022.
Before baking, she studied fashion design at the Art Institute of Dallas. Her love of fashion and understanding of textures and materials disseminated seamlessly to baking for her. Confident of her craft she eventually started taking orders and creating cakes that could fool most onlookers.