Get your fill of cupcakes as eight local bakers compete for the cupcake crown on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester during the third annual Clash of the Cupcakes.
Bakers will compete for the title of Best Cupcake 2014 and People’s Choice. This year’s judges include Cathy Allen, executive pastry chef at the Copper Door in Bedford, WZID’s Tracy Caruso, and Chris Pappas, who is currently running for reelection for the New Hampshire Executive Council. Mike Morin, former co-host of New Hampshire in the Morning on WZID, will be the emcee for the evening. The judges will critique each cupcake on presentation, garnish, creativity, flavor and “out of the ordinary.”
“I’m just excited to see what people come up with,” Allen said. “You can make anything look beautiful, but you have to be able to pull off the flavor as well.”
Last year, Triolo’s Bakery of Bedford won the title of Best Cupcake.
“It was just amazing. I thought the buttercream was just divine. It was done just right. It was raspberry buttercream and a chocolate cupcake. I think they even had a ganache center in it and they also had a little macaron on the top that just stood out,” Allen said.
Bakeries include Triolo’s Bakery, Queen City Cupcakes of Manchester (winner of the 2012 competitions), Cupcakes 101 of Bedford, Life is Sweet of Keene, Sweet Ideas by Vikki of Salem, Frost This! Cakery of Greenville and Nashua, Benson’s Bakery & Cafe of Hudson and Clyde’s Cupcakes of Exeter.
Bakers will prepare 75 cupcakes in advance and have 30 minutes to decorate on location. Guests will be able to walk around and watch the bakers as they prepare the cupcakes and also sample hors d’oeuvres. Derryfield Country Club will be serving signature drinks just for the event.
“We are also going to have a giant cupcake cutout that people can take pictures with,” event organizer Jennifer Sanders said. “We’re trying to make it more interactive with our guests.”
Clash of the Cupcakes benefits Southern New Hampshire Services’ Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which coordinates senior volunteer placement in local schools, hospitals, stations and community organizations, like ushering at the Palace Theatre. It also includes the Fix It Corps volunteer minor home repair program and Bone Builders Program, an osteoporosis prevention program that teaches strength training for seniors.
The evening will include a raffle with prizes like an iPad Mini and tickets to sports events including the Celtics, Fisher Cats, Monarchs and UNH sports.
As seen in the October 23, 2014 issue of the Hippo.