Monday, October 26, 2009

Mini Cupcake Clash Competitors (Part 3)

We've met the winners, seen Teams #1-8 and Teams #9-15, now let's meet the rest of the competitors.

Team #16: Sweetiecups "La Vie en Brie"
This cupcake was a fresh pear cake frosted with whipped brie cream, decorated with pieces of walnut and pear. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the whipped brie cream, but it was surprisingly good. I got the chance to talk to Doro, the owner of Sweetiecups. Her cupcakes differ from traditional cupcakes by incorporating her German roots.

Team #17: HunnyBunny "Piggycakes"
I finally got to try my first bacon cupcake! This cupcake was also another organic cupcake. This cupcake tasted like a mixture of my favorite breakfast items: pancakes, eggs, syrup, and bacon. I decided that I like bacon cupcakes!

Team #18: The Muffin Tops "Mocha Mania"
This was the youngest team. These two girls, Clare and Eve, are 12-years old! And they made a pretty decent cupcake. This was their first cupcake competition and they did a great job!

Team #19: Nali Cupcakes "Bombay Elvis"

Team #20: Full Windsor "Sparkling Fruit Cupcakes"
Champagne Pear Cupcakes and Grand Marnier frosting with goat cheese. Goat cheese in the frosting? Interesting. I'm always excited to try something new!

Team #21: Cinnaholic Sweets "Blueberry Dragon Fruit Chocolate Ganache Cakes"
This team was also another big winner. They won the award for Photog's Choice and Judges 1st Place. This was the first cupcake I tried and I was very impressed.

Team #22: Corpulent Confections "Whatever: A Vegan Creamsicle Experience"

The judges did a great job at picking the some of the best cupcakes. Their picks were also some of my favorites.

But what was my favorite cupcake? I had a hard time picking my favorite because I wasn't sure what criteria to base my choice on. Would it be a cupcake that was unique? A cupcake that I could eat every day? The sweetest? I made my choice, but you might be surprised to hear that it did not win any awards. My favorite was the Sparkling Fruit Cupcake made by Team #20. I can't even believe that I chose a pear cupcake with goat cheese! I really liked the blend of flavors. Congrats to Team Full Windsor!

What a day! SF Food Wars Mini Cupcake Clash lived up to my expectations of a great event. I got to eat some of my favorites and also got to try some new cupcake flavors! The event was very organized and I had a great time meeting some cool people in the cupcake world.

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