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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cupcake Smackdown 1.0 - Finalized with Schedule with Judges

Are you ready? Get Set! and BAKE! It is time for Austin to have a Cupcake Smackdown1.0, pitting icing against icing, pitting cake against cake. we'll see whose cupcakes reign supreme. Cupcake Smackdown will be held on August 1, 4-7 pm at One-2-One Bar. The tentative activities for Cupcake Smackdown 1.0 are a blind tasting contest of all the store front bakeries, an amateur baking contest, a cupcake silent auction, the people's popular vote, and a cupcake eating contest for both dogs and humans! Live music will be performed by Arielle Nicole.

For the blind tasting, a panel of local chefs and foodies will be chowing down on vanilla, chocolate, and a baker's choice cupcake from each of the eight store front shops. Each cupcake will be judged on the flavor, texture, and aroma.

Other activities include a bake off in which amateur bakers can enter either the vanilla, chocolate, or freestyle cupcake competition. There will be two categories for the cupcake eating contest: one for human participants and one for canine participants. Canines will be eating pupcakes for speed (not quantity). Ginger carrot pupcakes provided by Grand Dog Bakery. Spectators will also be invited to vote for the People's Choice award for any of the store front bakeries, vote for the cutest cupcake at the smackdown, and also participate in a cupcake silent auction. Proceeds to go to Wine and Food Foundation of Texas.

The event is kid and dog friendly. The last day to submit entry forms for amateur bakers' class is July 22nd. Pre-entries for the cupcake eating contest are being accepted and will be accepted until the day of the event pending space. Each entry for the eating contests costs $10. Entries for the amateur baking contest is free. Entry forms for the eating contests are available at All-In-One Bakeshop on 183. Please bring water and a spray bottle to keep your dog cool. It will be hot. Admission to the event is free. Vendors will be there to sell food items. Please tip your bartender.

Email to participate, enter yourself or your dog, enter your cupcakes, or to sponsor the event.


4:00 - 6:30 - Live Music, People's Popular Vote, Cutest Cupcake Vote, Silent Auction

4:00 - 5:00 - 1st round blind tasting of cupcake entries

5:30 - 6:00 - Final round of blind cupcake tasting

6:00 - 6:30 - Canine eating cupcake contest - pupcakes provided by Grand Dog Bakery

6:30 - 7:00 - Human eating cupcake contest - cupcakes provided by All-In-One Bakeshop

Sponsors include:
Rise and Shine Bakery
Sugar Mama's
Polka Dots Bakery
Mad Cakes
Luxe Sweets
L's Cupcakes
The Cupcake Bar
Hill Country Bakery
Wicked Cakes
Danger Cakes
Grand Dog Bakery
Austin Urban Gardens
All in One Bakeshop
Growing Concerns on KUT
Bella Cupcake Couture

Here's the list of judges for Cupcake Smackdown1.0. I will be tasting, but not judging.

Jennie Chen - & - Will shake my cupcakes for frosting.

Nataya Anderson – -The REAL Everyday Foodie

Michelle Cheng – - Attorney and Cupcake at Law

Jessica Maher – Spoon & Co. - Eats cupcakes in a single bite

Peter Tsai – - the Foodingblog photographer \ writer with a taste for fun

Lisa Lawless – -Red head with a palate for red velvets

Todd Duclephan – Executive Chef at Trio/Four Seasons - I could judge cupcakes in my sleep.

Chris Palomares - Chow Chow Connoisseur - Opa to cupcakes!

Paloma Efron– Paloma Custom Cakes - Cake decorating goddess. And damn fine baker, too.

Ryan Snedgar - "Ryan, Chief Arbiter of Cupcakes"

Phillip Speer – Pastry Chef at Uchi -Want some Uni on your cupcake?

Jodi Bart – Tasty Touring and KGSR - Has anyone invented a cupcake top?

Devrah Otten - winner of the tasting competition portion of That Takes The Cake(2008 and 2009) - Cupcake Mistress of the Delicious.

Kristin - Do512 - It's not the size of the Cup it's the shake of the Cake

Jenna Noel – Associate Publisher of Edible Austin - I drink frosting for breakfast.

Chris Speyer - Chief taster of the Speyer Ranch - Will judge for booze

Kristen Speyer - Betty Crocker in disguise - Are you looking at my cupcakes?

Marshall Wright - - food writer/photographer

Darrell Joseph – BellaVerdiFarms - I grow cupcake farms.

Cecilia Nasti - KUT Growing Concerns - She eats from the garden and savors life (and would grow cupcakes if she could find some seeds).

Penny De Los Santos - Senior contributing photographer 4 Saveur Magazine. Travel & Food Photographer


  1. Looking forward to it! My pooch has been training his whole life for this event.

  2. I wanna enter the amateur baking contest, what do I do?

  3. Just email me with your name, email, phone number, and which category you'd like to enter. You may enter 1 or all 3 (chocolate, vanilla, and freestyle).

    Entry forms for the eating contests are available at All-in-One Bakeshop.

  4. If we already emailed you our info, do we still need to fill out a form found at All-In-One? I won't have time to make it up there before tomorrow!

  5. If you're in the baking contest, I already have your info. I'll be sending out an email to all participants in the next few days.

  6. How do you get to be a taster? I just want to eat some cupcakes!

  7. is it too late to enter the amateur baking contest? it just says it's too late to enter the class on your blog...

  8. Too late, unless you have a vanilla entry. You'll have to wait until next year. Sorry.

  9. Everyone is getting so excited for this event! : ) Just an FYI - We are Hill Country Cupcake, not Hill Country Bakery. Thank you for all your hard work, Jennie!

  10. thanks! i'm looking forward to the event and can't wait until next year's then...

  11. i can't believe i was not aware of this event! (if i were aware of it, i'm sure i'd be stunned i was not invited to judge it.) i hope everyone's blood sugar level is hovering back near normal now.