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The Cupcake Challenge Winners!

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Last Sunday Drink:Eat:Play hosted a Cupcake Challenge at the Montmartre Lounge. The event was sponsored by Fiji Water, K&L Wine Merchants and CozmoDeck. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. Our own Lindsay William-Ross and Caroline-on-Crack were on the official judging panel, along with Sophie Gayot (who we all just watched frighten the finalists on Hell's Kitchen this week), Tara de Lis from Citysearch, Sam Rubin from KTLA, and five others. Guests were also given ballots to vote in three categories. Now without further ado, the winners (full list below gallery). Drumroll please...

Best Traditional:
1st place: Vanilla Bake Shop Red Velvet (judges' choice)
2nd place: Yummy Cupcakes Red Velvet
3rd place: Hotcakes Red Velvet (public's choice)

Best Original:
1st place: Sugar Jones "Paradise" (judges' choice)
2nd place: The Oinkster Peanut Butter and Jelly
3rd place: Essential Chocolate Desserts "Blood Orange Fudge"

**Public's choice was Leyna's Strawberrilicious

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Best Overall:
1st place: Leyna's Kitchen "Strawberrilicious"(public's choice) (picture attached)
2nd place: Sugar Jones"Paradise" (judges' choice)
3rd place: The Oinkster Peanut Butter and Jelly

Judging worked on a points system. It might have been easier if guests had been given a list of entries to rate rather than trying to remember all of the names and who made which Red Velvet. Good luck juggling a plate of cupcakes, glass of wine, camera, pen and notepaper in a crowd like that. As I wound my way through the crowd to the patio, a cupcake toppled off my plate. Everyone around me was dismayed and sympathetically cried out, "Oh no!!!" As if there weren't eight thousand more where that came from.

All of the guests received a CozmoDeck, kind of a cross between an Entertainment Book and ValuPak coupons. You can carry a few favorites in your wallet, so they are very handy. Each card offers 15-dollars off a bill of 50 dollars or more. I should have hung around and traded them like baseball cards to collect all the Ciudad coupons.

Where to get a Strawberry Cupcake Tree: Letu Floral Designs and Gifts

For some of the other judges' take on the festivitites:
Tara of When Tara Met Blog
Lesley Bargar of Los Angeles Magazine
Pat Saperstein of EatingLA
Caroline of Caroline on Crack