On Monday I participated in Iron Cupcake Milwaukee, a monthly local cupcake contest. Each month a theme is chosen and bakers, both professional and amateur (I use the term amateur here lightly, as you will see!), compete to create the best tasting cupcake using that theme. For a bargain price of $7 attendees can sample all of these offerings and then vote for the cupcake they think has the best flavor and also the entrant with the best presentation.
I chose to participate to challenge myself to step outside the box of what I normally would make for the bakery. After several failed attempts (a bacon corn muffin with fig preserves and fig goat cheese butter cream, an apple cupcake with caramel butter cream and bacon toffee) I settled on a bacon cupcake with a blackberry jam schmear, vanilla butter cream and bacon toffee.
Second to the creativity and inspiration of the other bakers, the highlight of the evening for me was being able to see a cake from Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago that was presented to Iron Cupcake creator and founder Sandy Ploy in honor of her birthday. The owners of the bakery have competed on Food Network cake challenges and it was amazing to see there work up close and have a taste!
I am so intrigued by the custom people figures and definitely have that on my list of things to learn this year. What a fun and inspiring night! Who knew that bacon and cupcakes could bring so many people together? Next month's challenge is "Curry".......