Monday, May 12, 2008

Brooklyn Kitchen Cupcake Cookoff!

The other day when I saw the upcoming 2nd Annual Brooklyn Kitchen Cupcake Cookoff on one of my favorite blogs, Cupcakes Take the Cake, I knew that I had to check it out.

It was truly a cupcake contest for the people and by the people...yes, in addition to the panel of expert judges there would also be a "best in show" awarded to the people's choice which meant there would be plenty of delicious free cupcakes to try. Nice!

I arrived at around 6:45pm and the bar was already starting to fill up. I met Taylor from Brooklyn Kitchen, an awesome store in Williamsburg that does excellent classes and has a great blog with recipes and info all of their upcoming events. Taylor gave me a free Brooklyn Kitchen t-shirt and boxed up my cupcakes for the judges official tasting. Since I brought 2 entries--Root Beer Float Cupcakes and Spicy Gingerbread Cupcakes with Tahitian Vanilla Frosting I gave her three of each.

My Root Beer Float Cupcakes

My Spicy Gingerbread Cupcakes

Then it was time to circulate my cupcakes and do some cupcake tasting of my own. There were so many excellent cupcakes. The place started to fill up so I wasn't able to move around and get as many pics and I would have liked. But here are some of the cupcakes I was able to capture.

I shared a table with these lovely ladies
(collectively Team Vallen--that's Vallen herself on the right).

And these are Vallen's treats--PBJ cupcakes with Nutella frosting.
Mmmm. So makes me wish I didn't have a nut allergy. :(

Strawberry Cupcakes. Yum.

Not sure what kind of cupcakes these were, but the ice cream cone presentation was impressive.

Speaking of ice cream cone cupcakes. Check out these!
Mint Chocolate Chip frosted Chocolate Cupcakes. I love the ice cream cone garnish. Nice touch!

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes.
These also had really creative presentation. I love the little plantings. So cute.

These S'More Cupcakes were brought by Sarah Dooley (hope I got the spelling right!). And they were abso-freaking-lutely delicious. One of the best I had. The mud cupcake was warm and fudgy and the marshmallows were gooey and perfectly toasted. Unfortunately there was a mix up with the time and Sarah was too late to enter the contest. But her cupcakes were winners to me.

When it came time for the judging everyone was in a happy sugar coma induced stupor. I don't envy the judges for their decision. There were over 30 entrants in 4 categories:

1) simple flavor
2) simple decoration
3) exotic flavor
4) exotic decoration

I can't remember the full list of winners. The people's choice was a very chocolatey cupcake that was made with beer (!) and had a salted caramel cream cheese frosting. This cupcake also won the 2nd place in the exotic flavor contest. Which brings us to the, as the judges put it, "surprise winner" in the exotic flavor very own Spicy Gingerbread Cupcakes! I was floored. Just from the cupcakes I saw and tasted, I know that there was some serious competition in my category and I was totally not expecting to win. The passionfruit cupcake was really good. The toasted coconut cupcakes with marshmellow frosting and the pear and champagne cupcakes were both excellent and unique. And the mint julep cupcake looked divine.

All in all it was a great night. Besides seeing (and tasting!) all of the terrific cupcakes, I had a great time meeting Rachel and seeing Nichelle again from Cupcakes Take the Cake and Zach from Midtown Lunch. I'm huge fans of their respective blogs and it was so cool to meet them in person. The folks at Brooklyn Kitchen not only put on a great event, but they also turned the attention to a worthy cause, encouraging attendees make a donation to the Greenpoint Reform Church’s Food Bank and Soup Kitchen. Cupcakes and helping other people. What could be better?

Coming up winning gingerbread cupcake recipe!


talida said...

congrats! I wanted to check it out but already had previous plans. looks like it was awesome!

Anonymous said...

I feel like such a fool for not swinging by to try the winning cupcake before it took home the big prize. Three cheers! Nay - a baker's dozen of cheers! -LC

Anonymous said...

congrats on winning! that is so awesome! :) will you also share with us what inspired you to make such a cupcake?

Chrysanthe said...

Thanks for the compliment! I made the champagne pear ones. Congrats on your win :)

Anonymous said...

i voted for your gingerbread cupcakes. congrats! i was very confused about why there were two kinds of cupcakes with the same #, and worried i didn't vote for the right thing, but i guess that answers it! and so true - those s'more cupcakes were scrumptious, probably because they had just baked them. I made chocolate almond coconut cupcakes for the occasion, but i'm sure you didn't get to try them because of your nut allergy. sorry!

Brownie said...

hey Chrysanthe, your cupcakes were awesome. Really different. Loved that pear champagne combo. Nicely moist, too. I was surprised they didn't win a prize. They are a winner in my book for sure!

Brownie said...

Thanks, Julia! I love the local slant of your cooking. I almost entered an even heartier cupcake myself and was thinking of subbing whole wheat flour and agave nectar in this recipe--but I didn't have enough time to do a test run. Looking forward to checking out more recipes on your blog. Wish I had been able to try your cupcakes. They looked awesome. :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats Brownie!! I'm proud of you! :)