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Portland entrepreneur to pitch ‘new gingerbread house tradition’ on ‘Shark Tank’

The Tomte Cake kit aims to solve the problem of messy and fragile gingerbread house kits.

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Will Miranda Vaughn get a deal? Find out when the “Shark Tank” episode premieres Friday, Dec. 8.

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A Portland entrepreneur with a delicious DIY concept is diving into shark-infested waters.

Miranda Vaughn will share her idea for “a new gingerbread house tradition” on the Friday, Dec. 8 episode of “Shark Tank” on ABC/KATU channel 2. Here’s the pitch: Instead of assembling a messy, fragile gingerbread house from a box or trying to do it from scratch, imagine making two easy-to-assemble spice cakes (safe for those with food allergies or sensitivities) that include a special surprise.

The Tomte Cake kit comes with a recipe, specially designed cake pans that were made in Tigard, and a storybook that tells the tale of a little gnome named Tomte. In the story, Tomte falls into some cake batter and gets baked into a gingerbread house. Bakers recreate the story and hide Tomte in their own cakes, bringing a fun new holiday tradition to life.

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