Cupcakes and political power collided Wednesday when Doron Petersan, owner of Sticky Fingers bakery, appeared with D.C. heavyweights like Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, at the National Journal's Inaugural Women 2020 Conference.

Petersan, a vegan baker whose star has been rising after several appearances on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars," was one of just two nonpolitical figures asked to speak at the National Journal forum on women, politics, and economics. Heather Podesta also appeared on the panel.

"When I got the list of people, I was like 'oh my god,' " Petersan told Yeas & Nays. The women were equally impressive in person. "You should have seen their bling," she added. "It wasn't ostentatious, but their diamonds are definitely a lot bigger than mine."

Petersan is accustomed to serving members of Congress ("Dennis Kucinich, when he was here, he came in all the time") but got to enjoy some adulation from their side -- she said she got a warm welcome from other conference participants. "They were like, we love cupcakes!" she said. "And I was like, I love CNN!"