The best of the best show up for the LA Cupcake Challenge and 2012 was no different. 16 competitors, which included past contest winners as well as contestants on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, competed to claim the title of LA's Best Cupcakes.
The 2012 LA Cupcake Challenge wasn't quite what I hoped for this year, but I still enjoyed it. Although almost half of the cupcakes were gone when I got there, I still got to eat some tasty ones. Hopefully next year the event will carry on and they can come up with a solution to remedy the problem.
I've recapped the event, as well as spotlighted each competitor. You can read about each one here:
But who won? Yes, let's talk about the winners. But first, I have to say that Drink Eat Play did a poor job of posting the winners. It wasn't announced on Twitter and it was just casually mentioned on Facebook in a comment. Their website finally posted the winners several days later, but only the bakeries names, not the cupcakes that won. So weird. So here they are:
1st Place: My Delight Cupcakery
2nd Place: Cake Mamas
3rd Place: Sweet Red Peach
My picks for best cupcakes usually are a bit different than the overall picks. Everyone has different tastes so of course that makes sense. But this year I picked two competitors that the general public loved too. Here are my picks for top 3 cupcakes:
1st Place: Cake Mamas - Chocolate Salted Caramel
2nd Place: Wonderland - Evil Twin
3rd Place: My Delight - Red Velvet Raspberry Cheesecake
Congrats to the winners, especially My Delight Cupcakery who has pulled a first place win several years in a row. They really are the best cupcakery in Southern California. I can't wait until next year!