Friday, July 4, 2008

Fancy Food Show: Country Living's "Most Artistic Cupcake Decorator" Contest

Pre-Fancy Food Show Blondie and I got postcards from Country Living announcing new dry mix baking line and their "Most Artistic Cupcake Decorator" Contest at the Fancy Food Show featuring students from the Institute of Culinary Education. I was intrigued...

On Monday after chatting with Thomas deGeest about the latest goings on at Wafels & Dinges, we wandered over to the Country Living Booth to check out the competition. While the judges were deliberating I chatted with one of the contestants, Jennifer Swindle, a recent graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and an Assistant Pastry Chef at David Burke & Donatella.

She told me that all of the cupcakes had to follow the 4th of July theme and there were 3 categories in the contest, "most mouthwatering," "best traditional cupcake," and "most creative cupcake." All of the decorations had to be edible in the "mouthwatering" and "traditional" categories and you could go wild in the creative category.

The contest was judged by Mia Bauer, founder of Crumbs Bakery and Cheryl Slocum, the Food Editor for Country Living. There was some pretty stiff competition.

And the winners were...

Ramona Carvaial for Most Mouthwatering

Ramona Holding her Winning Cupcake

Minnie Bellomo, winner of the Best Creative Cupcake

Shawona Jones, winner of the Most Creative Cupcake and the overall Best in Show winner

Shawona Jones with her other winning cupcakes

Best in Show

Maybe it's the New Englander in me, but I have to say that I did enjoy Jennifer Swindle's creative entry, a cupcake replica of the Boston Pops on the 4th of July. It was among my personal favorites.

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