Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cupcake Wars

Last night, the lovely KL did something truly fabulous and surprised Sarah and me with our very own cupcake taste-off.

It was honestly a dream come true. K ran all over D.C. and picked up 16 cupcakes from 4 of the top bakeries in the area, including my first and forever love, Baked and Wired.
During the chocolate taste-off, there were mixed reviews, with Hello Cupcake getting top marks from both K and myself (sorry, B&W). To everyone's credit, the cupcakes were a day old, so freshness was somewhat hard to judge.
Alas, our fave vegan bakery, Sticky Fingers, didn't fare as well. I think this probably had to do with the cupcakes being a day old and let's face it, with no butter in there, it's hard to counteract the dryness. I have yet to try all of their cupcakes, however, so I am reserving judgment for the future!
The ever-popular Georgetown Cupcake, which I admit has never been my favorite (their cupcakes are just too dang small), did score well in the looks department. Their chocolate ganache cupcake with a sparkly lavender heart certainly won Sarah over, but in the end I need more frosting. More frosting I tell you!

Overall it was a lovely experience, and it did wonders to lift my mood after a swift rejection on the full requested just last week. I now have one outstanding partial and the resubmission, and I hate to pin my hopes on just two agents, so out went another two query letters yesterday afternoon.
The birthday festivities have finally drawn to a close, but I have to say 31 has been a good one (despite the wedding ring down the drain on Sunday night - it was finally retrieved but I'm not proud of some of the things I did in order to prevent a call to the plumber, which I had to make in the end anyhow; let's just say you don't want to know what's in the bottom of your sink). Looking forward to 32, or 8 for us Leap Day babies! I see another '80s party in our future...

4 comments:

KL said...

Yay, such a nice post recapping our experience! I ate two of the leftover cupcakes you guys made me keep already today. I believe they were from Stickyfingers actually- the carrot cake one had nuts in it and was divine. It may just have been because of the removal of the competition, however...I can't say.

Mara Rae Rutherford said...

I will let you know how the three we took home are tonight :) I've been thinking about them all day...

SJ said...

Update: DL and I made it through the rest of the lemon-raspberry (dry, but I can imagine what it was in its heyday), the toffee/ Snickers-like one (DL was a big fan), and the strawberry (Minky's fave). Still have a chocolate raspberry to go :)

Mara Rae Rutherford said...

The coconut one from Sticky Fingers (I think) was deeelicious. The peanut butter chocolate from Baked and Wired held up pretty well too.