The first Rhode Island Food Fights event of 2013, the Great Cupcake Championship, was held this past Sunday, March 10th at Fête in Providence. Twenty-two area cupcake makers competed to see who had the greatest cupcake, according to a panel of five culinary judges (which included this writer), along with competing for the People’s Choice. Three awards, created by Ahlers Designs, were announced by the time the last crumb of cupcake was consumed.
According to judges Jan Dane of Stock Culinary Goods, Chef Danielle Lowe of Ellie’s Bakery, Andrew Shotts of Garrison Confections, Chef Kristin Brennan of The Cupcakerie and David Dadekian of Eat Drink RI. First place went to City Girl Cupcake of 99 Weybosset Street in Providence for their “Bailey’s Chocolate Caramel” cupcake. City Girl Cupcake took Second place in the 2012 Cupcake Championship.
Second place went to Bake. Eat. Love. of Providence for their “Peanut Butta Jelly Cupcake,” which is chocolate fudge cake topped with peanut butter mousse & raspberry jam and dipped in chocolate ganache. The People’s Choice award went to The CupCAKE Contessas, also winners of the 2012 People’s Choice award, for their Girl Scout Cookie cupcake. Congratulations to all the winners.