Tuesday, February 23, 2010

LA Cupcake Challenge: The Competitors, Part One

I explained exactly what the LA Cupcake Challenge was yesterday, so now let's see those cupcakes!

There were 22 bakeries competing for the titles of Best Traditional, Best Original, and Best Overall cupcake. Most bakeries entered two cupcakes in the competition. Yes, I got to eat 40 mini cupcakes! Yes, I was sick by the end of the night, but I loved every minute of it!

Babycakes Baking Company
01: Hot Chocolate
15: Bananas Foster
Store located in Torrance
Comment: Loved the cupcake displays.


Big Man Bakes
02: Red Velvet
16: Carrot Cake
Twitter: @bigmanbakes 
Store located in Los Angeles
Comment: Cupcakes were super moist.



Blue Cupcake
03: Sweet and Salty Vanilla (Vanilla cake filled with rich caramel, topped with vanilla and salted caramel buttercream)
17: Pumpkin (Pumpkin bread filled with spiced pumpkin mousse, topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting and pumpkin seeds)
Twitter: @juliedesmeules 
Sold at Century City Farmer's Market and Lot 44 Cupcake
Comment: Loved the display, very cute! But I loved these cupcakes even more!



Charmed Cupcakes
04: Red Velvet
18: Blueberry
Store located in Long Beach
Comment: They were the only bakery that made full-sized cupcakes. The Mardi Gras theme added some personality to their booth.



Cupcake Couture 
19: Sunday Mimosa
20: Little Miss Shortcake
Twitter: @CupcakesMB 
Comment: Taste matched their beautiful decoration.


Fairy Cakes 
05: Vanilla Bean Almond Dream
21: Pumpkin White Chocolate
Comment: Based in Orange County, this was my first sampling of their cupcakes, but it is certainly not my last. The Pumpkin White Chocolate was outstanding!

And this is just the beginning! Check back soon to see more of the competitors and their cupcakes.


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