The LA Cupcake Challenge has come and gone again. This time I went prepared! I showed up with my extra-large tupperware, with one of my best friends who is also a cupcake fanatic, to the ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel. We were quite strategic about the whole process. As you can imagine, people get a little aggressive when there are over 30 different cupcakes up for grabs. So we created a base camp for our large tupperware and made our rounds, ballot card in hand.
It's really a fantastic deal - $40 for over 30 cupcakes. But the people that go to this event take their cupcakes VERY seriously. At the table we choose for our "basecamp" people were meticulously picking apart cupcakes, spitting out the ones that were bad and praising the ones that were good.
Affter collecting all 32 cupcakes, we sat down ready to hash it out.
Let's cut to the chase: which cupcakes were worth eating? A few of my favorites included My Delight Cupcakery's Late Night Breakfast - it had fried chicken in it. I know, I know, fried chicken has absolutely NO place whatsoever in a cupcake, but let me just say, it worked...really well. My Delight also did a red velvet cupcake that was pretty perfect. The rest of the crowd agreed as My Delight took first place in all 3 categories! Best traditional, best original and best overall. For best original, Jus mini took second place with the josephine cupcake and frandise pastries took third with candied sweet potato. For best traditional, hansen's cake took second with their bridal white cake and double D took third for their chocolate zin. And finally for best overall, my delight took first place with late night breakfast, candied sweet potato from frandise took second and josephine took 3rd.
A few of my favorites that didn't win were Sugar babies cupcakery breakfast at tiffanys (vanilla) as well as their PB&J. Their PB&J was the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Salted caramel chocolate from Goodie Girls was also fantastic.
A few major disappointments included magnoila's s'more cupcake (dry) and Double D's root beer float cupcake - just wasn't a great combination for a cupcake.
It's always a fun event and I walk away with more than my fill of cupcakes. My question is where were all the other bakeries? Sprinkles? Susie cakes? Yummy? Vanilla?
To find out about next years event visit: Drink-Eat-Pay