What do you expect to see at a cupcake challenge? Lots of sugar and pink frosting. One thing you don't expect to see is Bacon. However I saw so much bacon at the cupcake challenge that it deserved it's own category. I didn't quite understand the name of the event until after I attended. How does one attempt to taste 40 different cupcakes in one sitting? And to fairly judge, shouldn't one try all the cupcakes? I don't know if I ate ALL the cupcakes but I did sample most of the cupcakes.
The categories were traditional, original and overall. Each bakery made two cupcakes and usually if one cupcake was good-they were both good. One of the pleasant surprises was the double chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake from Sweet E's. I don't know how they managed to get that cookie dough flavor in the frosting but it was wonderful. Plus I've never had a cupcake with a real cookie dough flavor so bravo for that alone. Cupcakes couture's Little miss Shortcake was nice and fluffy with the perfect amount of sweetness an a meringue on top as an extra bonus. Fairy cakes pumpkin white chocolate was yummy as was their vanilla bean almond dream.
Whipped cream frosting was more pertinent than I would have liked and doesn't stand up well to the sweet little cakes beneath them. My big question is, where were the bakeries that claim to be the best in LA? Sprinkles, Susie Cakes, Yummy Cupcakes? Fools for not claiming their bragging rights at the Renaissance this Sunday...but with 40 cupcakes to try, I doubt many noticed their absence.