Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Cupcake Contest...Winner revealed!

Have you noticed the cupcake craze lately?  There's many cupcake tv shows, tons of cupcake cookbooks, and cupcake stores cropping up everywhere.  During our trip to NYC, MacGyver husband and I had our own cupcake contest.  First, we went to a bakery called Crumbs....

The Crumbs employees recommended their favorite cupcake, called Milkshake.  MacGyver husband and I split one, thank goodness, because the cupcake was huge and very, very sweet.  MacGyver husband loved the toppings, but I thought it was just okay.  

Our next cupcake contestant was from Magnolia Bakery.  Before we left, my oldest daughter said, "Don't go to Magnolia Bakery.  I've heard that once you have a cupcake from there, you can never have one from anyplace else".  Needless to say, I was expecting big things!

Although the frosting on the Magnolia Bakery cupcake tasted homemade, the cake was quite dry.  Sorry, Magnolia Bakery, but your cupcake didn't win our contest!

Finally, we went to the legendary Sprinkles bakery.  I don't know how I did it, but I forgot to take a photo!  Anyway, Sprinkle's  red velvet cupcake was delicious, but it was served on a wooden plate with a wooden fork.  I am one of those people who when they eat icecream on a stick, the stick never, and I mean never, can touch my using a wood fork to eat the cupcake kind of ruined it for me.

In the end, we didn't find the #1 cupcake.    It wasn't until I got home and baked my own that I realized I should be the winner!  So, I present to you Love and Life at Leadora's cupcake contest's just the right size, not too sweet, topped with homemade frosting, it's moist, and can be eaten with a stainless steel fork...enjoy! 


  1. ummm - looks yummy! is that white cake w/butter cream frosting?
    Love your cupcake judging - hope you'll share more NYC memories with us!

  2. Heather you are just to funny!
    They all look yummy! Red Velvet is my favorite. But I have to say yours is more eye appealing!
    I'm with you on the wooden fork thing too!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Prim Blessings

  3. That's my kind of activity! Cupcake tasting! YUMMY! You always take the most gorgeous pictures.

  4. I could have told you that yours were the best right away! My favorites are your Red Velvet one can beat them!
    So yummy.

  5. Of course your's were the best, no contest. Now I need a sugar free milk free cupcake, giggle xo

  6. Can't beat a homemade cupcake...Yummy, it looks deliscious. Congrats to the winner...Hee, hee, hee. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  7. I would love to be a cupcake taster for you. I had to laugh about the wooden utensil comments. It is a little strange they would give you a wooden fork.

  8. What fun to go on a hunt for the best cupcake! I smiled when I saw you were the winner. Hurray for you! Wonderful blog, I am your newest follower.

  9. You're so right....on both...

    there is a crazy cupcake interest...and of course,

    yours is the BEST!!

    I just completed a year's worth of ice cream sampling (Flavor of the Month with Baskins Robbins).
    Every month I'd try the ice cream, I'm really liking the thought maybe this year I should have a cupcake a month contest! Not sure it's the best diet plan??? But it sure would be fun!

    Enjoy your day!!!!

  10. A cupcake of any kind is Tori's favorite food group. Anytime we see a new cupcakery in our area, we must try it out. I must say I agree that yours looks like the real winner! Darn, I wish we lived closer...
    Cupcake hugs,

  11. Heather,
    what a fun thing to do! Sounds like you both were very "impartial" judges! Yours does look very delightful, if you make more, I'll bring the coffee!

  12. Hey that's a New York activity I haven't tried yet! YUM! I almost feel like baking some right now! Sounds like you had fun!

  13. Mmmm! Looks delicious! I wish I could take a bite!

  14. Homemade really is always the best. I'm glad you found your #1!

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