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Monday, July 27, 2009

Keep Austin Dog Friendly's Cupcake Smackdown1.0

The next official Keep Austin Dog Friendly event is Cupcake Smackdown1.0 (Sat. August 1st, 4-7 pm at One2One Bar @ 5th& Brazos). It will include a blind tasting judging of nearly 760 cupcakes, cutest cupcake voting contest, human eating cupcake contest, and canine eating pupcake contest. The panel of judges include yours truly, local chefs, pastry chefs, and food bloggers. Proceeds will go to the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas.

The canine eating contest is for SPEED, not quantity. The dog that can finish 5 pupcakes in the least amount of time wins (max time is 60 seconds) The pupcakes will be donated by Grand Dog Bakery located in Austin,TX. They will either be carrot and ginger or banana and carob. Mouse can down 7 of them in a less than 15 seconds.

Additionally, Town Lake Animal Shelter representatives may be there to take donations at the event to raise money for parvo treatments. Participation still pending.

Deets below.

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. Entry forms for the eating contests are available at All-In-One Bakeshop on 183. Each entry for the eating contests costs $10. Entries for the amateur baking contest is free. Please bring water and a spray bottle to keep your dog cool. It will be hot. Admission to the event is free. 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

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

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
Grand Dog Bakery
Danger Cakes
Austin Urban Gardens
All in One Bakeshop
Growing Concerns on KUT
Bella Cupcake Couture
Walton's Fancy and Staple