Wednesday, August 17, 2011

OC Fair Cupcake Classic: The Cupcakes

This year's OC Fair Cupcake Classic took place in the Exhibit Promenade hall with the Live, Eat, Grow exhibit. The room was packed! Whoever said the cupcake trend is dying is definitely wrong. This contest is unique in the fact that the bakers are present in the audience and are watching you eat their cupcakes.

There were five categories that the cupcakes were divided into: Professional, Amateur-Chocolate, Amateur-Fruit, Amateur-Other, and Kids. Each of the judges took a category to judge. I picked Amateur-Chocolate, as I was having a huge chocolate craving that day.

My category had nearly 30 entries. Could I survive?

All of the cupcakes were on display after the event. No public tasting though!

Each judge from the Amateur category picked their favorite cupcake to determine which would be Best in Show. My favorite was a Chocolate Cannoli cupcake. It had cannoli filling piped into the middle of the cupcake. The other two judges picked a strawberry/coolwhip/pretzel cupcake, and a lemon blueberry cupcake.

And the winner was.....the Lemon Blueberry cupcake.

The best part of the event was calling the winners on stage to receive their awards. I loved seeing the smiles and the happy tears! It made my slightly-upset stomach feel better. Congrats to all who entered the contest! I hope to see you all again next year.


Patti said...

Thanks for posting the results! My cupcake was the lemon blueberry. I was so excited to win!

Phina said...

Patti made these Blueberry Lemon cupcakes for a party I had and they were a huge hit. It's no wonder they won!!!
Can't wait to have them again. :)

Cupcake Activist said...

Congrats Patti! They were delicious!

Jen said...

I was one of the first place winners you chose (the Chocolate Banana cupcake). What a fun experience! When I didn't hear my name for honorable mention or third place, my husband and I started packing up our sleep deprived 2-year old to head out. We were almost at the door when I heard my name called - what a fun surprise!

Cupcake Activist said...

You can view the complete results on the OC fair website here:

Renee Weir- Fontes said...

Thanks so much for writing such a nice post! You are a great judge and sweet person (must be all those cupcakes). It takes a lot of work to manage this competition and I appreciate everyone who helped!

Thank you to the bakers Who brought such beautiful, creative cupcakes, they were all winners. I am no longer working at the fair but posted results on my personal blog thanks for sharing the link. Renee

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