Farewell, sugary prison! Stay tuned on Monday for the First and Last Annual Cupcake Challenge Awards. Sponsored by fat.
Day #23 (Jan 29, 2012): The Carrot Cake cupcake by Dessert Club Chikalicious
Beside the fact that the name of this place is stupid, this was a very good cupcake. Delectable cream cheese frosting. Nice touch with the crumbs on top.
Day #24 (Jan 30, 2012): The S'mores cupcake by Dessert Club Chikalicious
Total letdown. I want s'mores, not marshmallow plopped on top of dry, bland cake. Give me graham cracker. Give me chocolate. Give me that burnt marshmallow flavor. S'mores fail.
Day #25 (Jan 31, 2012): The Earl Grey cupcake with lemon buttercream by Tu Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery
Like the Casablanca cupcake from Sweet Revenge, this cupcake sounded amazing on paper. But unfortunately, the cake didn't live up to its Earl Grey promise. And the icing was like eating lemon-flavored butter. Seriously, take a stick of butter and put some lemon zest on it and you have Tu Lu's lemon buttercream.
Day #26 (Feb 1, 2012): The Chocolate Souffle cupcake by Kyotofu
Somewhat of a departure from what I've been eating during this challenge. Imagine the lightest, fluffiest brownie in the world. Now shape it like a cupcake. That is the glory that I tasted. I enjoyed every bite and didn't even miss the frosting.
Day #27 (Feb 2, 2012): The Key Lime cupcake by Two Little Red Hens
This one gave me the burst of key lime flavor and tartness I was looking for, and I was surprised by the spongy angel-food-cake texture of the cake. It was a little rich, and the thing had to have weighed two pounds from the dense filling, but they definitely got the flavors right.
Day #28 (Feb 3, 2012): The Pumpkin cupcake by Doughboy Bake Shop
A simple, well-done cupcake. The cream cheese icing was spot-on, and the cake was light and not too muffin-y. If you're itching for an amazing pumpkin cupcake, this is your place.
Day #29 (Feb 4, 2012): The S'more cupcake by Sprinkles
Now THIS is how you do a s'mores cupcake. Sprinkles does a far superior version of the S'mores disaster from Dessert Club Chikalicious. Buttery graham cracker crumbles on the bottom, perfect chocolate cake, burnt marshmallow icing. Bonfire worthy. Also worthy of being the last cupcake of this challenge. Are you curious as to what talented chef whipped up this delicious treat? Boy, I sure was: