Tuesday, May 4, 2010

CupcakeCamp Toronto

I pulled out my cupcake tank top on Sunday and attended CupcakeCampTO.  For the $15 ticket I got to sample all sorts of cupcakes and contribute to a good cause (net proceeds were donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank). The event was held at 52 McCaul, an art gallery for local artisans which was crammed with over 30 bakers, 200 cupcake eating enthusiasts and 2000 cupcakes!!







So what exactly is CupcakeCamp?  It originated in San Francisco two years ago and has successfully spread to major cities across the globe. It is an "unconference" much like demo camp but only with loads of sugar! The "Presenters" are the bakers themselves -- talking about, showing off and sharing their cupcake creations.  Anyone professional or amateur can register in advance to be a baker and are required to bring 4 dozen mini cupcakes. You can also enter your cupcakes into a friendly competition in categories such as Best Twist on a Classic (chocolate/vanilla), Most Unique, Most Impressive Amateur, Best Tasting, and Best In Show.  Check out the list of winners on the official CupcakeCamp website.





Needless to say there were cupcakes galore! Everything from the traditional vanilla cupcake, to S'mores cupcakes, ones with an Elvis "Blue Hawaii" theme, cupcakes sprinkled with nuts, Fruit Loops and even topped with bacon and of course, the infamous Red Velvet cupcake. I managed to sample about a dozen kinds of cupcakes. They were all delicious but the most notable ones for me were the Lemon Luxury with savoury lemony filling topped with tiny gold balls made of real edible gold and the Lime and Chocolate vegan and gluten-fee cupcakes (yes, even some cupcakes can be good for you -- sorta).


So thanks to Monica Fitzpatrick and Michelle Villagracia, the organizers of CupcakeCampTO for putting me into a sugary induced coma (just kidding)! Ladies, you did a fab job with this event! As you can see in the photo below we are all smiles with our sugar highs and cupcaked out (for now) but we look forward to the next one. Thanks!



6 comments:

  1. how the heck did I miss this...I'm a cupcake fiend? i hope this is an annual event...please say yes so I can mark my calendar for next year.

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  2. I think they'll do it again for sure! If so, we'll cover and announce it again on our blog :)

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  3. Wendy - pretty funny that when we were at Shoppers the other day, the cashier had to ask you "where did you get that cup cake tank top" and proclaim how cool it was on you. Seems like there is a big market for cupcake anything, which boggles my mind. I only like seeing food when I can actually eat it.

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  4. Agreed! Someone created a business around a single cupcake carrier that sells for $4 at Williams Sonoma. Check it out: http://www.popgadget.net/images/Cup_a_Cake_l.jpg

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  5. Cupcakes are nostalgic... brings us back to the sweet, simple innocent days of being a little girl! BTW: Nancy has the same tank top! :)

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  6. Oh hey I was there too that day! =) My friend and I only stayed for an hour or so because it was way too hot. But yup, the cupcakes were fabulous. I envy the judges...

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