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Saturday, August 1, 2009

All the Cupcake Smackdown1.0 Deets.

Panel of Judges:

Amateur Class:
Paloma Efron
Teddy Babcock
Jenna Noel
Peter Tsai
Kristen Speyer

Catered Class:
Marshall Wright
Michelle Cheng
Kristin Owens
Ryan Snedgar
Chris Palomares

Jessica Maher
Darrell Josephs
Chris Speyer
Brian Dorman
Lisa Lawless

Final round:
Phillip Speer
Todd Duclephan
Natanya Anderson
Devrah Otten
Jodi Bart

We have two new judges on board with us:
Teddy Babcock -
Brian Dorman - Chef and Founder of Keres Spices

Chief Data Manager: Kristi Willis from Austin Farm to Table
Master of Ceremonies: Ryan Adams from
Eating Contest Organizer: April from the Hungry Engineer

Also, we have a new and very AWESOME prize for the winners of the best chocolate, best vanilla, and best freestyle/baker's choice from the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas.

The overall winner for Best Chocolate, Best Vanilla and Best Freestyle will be featured in our statewide, interactive online cookbook, ( Plate & Vine Interactive Cookbook which can be sold over all the country (online). This cookbook features celebrity chefs throughout Texas and offers amazing interactive features (emails shopping lists to your phone, etc).

That being said, those three Chefs must be willing to share their recipes so we can post them on the cookbook, and provide us with short bio, digital headshot, etc. They will also need to sign some legal paperwork. Proceeds from cookbook sales benefit the Foundation. The remainder of the winners (in all three categories) we will post on the Foundation website (without recipes) but photos, links to their businesses etc.

Is that not awesome or is that not awesome!?!?!

Human category: Eating contest entries will be limited to the first 25. You must bring your form & fee to the April (The Hungry Engineer) by 5:45 pm Aug 1st.

Dog category: eating contest entries limited to the first 15. You must bring your form and fee to the April (The Hungry Engineer) by 5:45pm August 1st.

Eating contests will be for SPEED.

No more entries for the amateur classes. Sorry, gotta wait until next year.

Human and dog friendly dogs (and humans for that matter) at the event only please.

Cameras and video camera encouraged.

There will be food vendors at the event.

There may be gluten free cupcakes available. Still pending.

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

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