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Cupcake Challenge: Pretty Pleased With Frosting on Top

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Yesterday's sold-out Nesquik Cupcake Challenge put on by Drink:Eat:Play drew hundreds of cupcake enthusiasts to gobble up 37 varieties of cupcakes up for grabs by more than a baker's dozen of LA's cupcakeries. The tasters' tasks were two-fold; on top of the obvious eat, drink, and be merry trifecta, everyone there was presented with a ballot, and asked to vote on their top three favorites in three categories: Best Traditional, Best Original, and Best Overall.

As one of the panel of judges, LAist was there to help pick the creme de la creme--or the frosting de la frosting, natch--and to indulge in an afternoon of sweet sugary bliss (judges' votes count 5x a regular vote, but with so many cupcake devotees in the mix, that's just one tiny sprinkle in the batch when you think about it.) Fellow judges included HC of LA-OC Foodventures, Marni of Happy Go Marni, Tara of When Tara Met Blog, and Elina Shatkin from the LA Times, and more whose paths we didn't cross at the 3-hour full-to-capacity event. But, oh, what a delicious job we had...