Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cupcake Camp Montreal Recap!

At the end of November I had the honour and the privilege of helping to organize, sponsor, and participate in Cupcake Camp Montreal. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post the event was held to raise money for Kids Help Phone, and raise money it did. In fact during the 3 hour event an astounding $8,000 was raised!

Our donation to the event was 200 cupcakes. The event rules stipulated that all the cupcakes had to be the same flavour, so I decided to come up with a special flavour just for Cupcake Camp. I wanted the flavour to be fun, creative, and of course delicious! What did I come up with? The Violet Beauregarde: A naturally coloured and flavoured blueberry cupcake filled with fresh blueberry jam and topped with vanilla bean buttermilk buttercream. It was truly divine! That being said it was a mistake. I entered The Violet Beauregarde in the Best Tasting Cupcake category and sadly it did not win. With all the other work I had on my plate helping to organize the event coming up with a new flavour, especially one which was so ambitious, was a bad choice. I should have stuck with our famous Red Velvet Cupcakes. Oh well, live and learn!

I didn't think I would have time to decorate any cupcakes for the design competitions. In the end I didn't manage to make an entry for the Best Pro Decorated Cupcake but I stayed up a few extra hours the night before the event to create my entry for the Best Montreal Themed Cupcake. Jeopardizing a few hours of sleep paid off. I won Best Montreal Theme Cupcake with my "Youppi popping out of a poutine"! I was thrilled, not only for winning, but because I have lived in Montreal all my life and truly love the city, so I was glad the judges appreciated my Montreal themed design.

Speaking of judges, the day Cupcake Camp Montreal took place was also the birthday of one of the judges, CHOM 97.7 FM's Rob Kemp. The other organizers asked if I would make him a cake, so of course I jumped at the opportunity. Of course not just any cake would do, it was Cupcake Camp after all. What did I come up with? A giant cupcake decorated to look like the offical Cupcake Camp logo!

All in all the event was a huge success. It was a lot of work but well worth it. I met loads of cool cupcake bakers and eaters all while raising money for a great charity. How could you go wrong? I am already counting down to next year's Cupcake Camp!

Photo Credits: Rosy Outlook Photography.

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