Battle Cupcake 2013 presented by Eat, Drink, Dine Kingsville was filled with creativity and sweetness. The event took place at the Kingsville Business Improvement Association at the Carnegie Arts and Visitors Centre. A panel of local celebrity judges tasted specially created cupcakes from seven restaurants and two wineries from Kingsville. Cupcakes were judged on presentation, Valentine’s Day theme, and taste. Next year we hope to see creativity included in the judging categories. Without further ado here are the top three followed by the remaining cupcake competitors (in no particular order).
First Place: The Main Grill & Ale House
This cupcake named “My Main Love” by Chef Beverly Snyder stood out among all others in all categories especially taste. It was a rich raspberry chocolate cupcake infused with a Chambord coulis centre with a white chocolate Godiva butter cream icing served in a milk chocolate cup and finished with raspberry fondant roses with pixie dust and dark chocolate hearts served on a raspberry chocolate fence.
First Runner Up: Chuckwagon Family Restaurant
“The Heart of The Wagon Trail” cupcake was amazing flavourful creation complete with vanilla butter icing and vanilla and almond flavouring proudly adorned by a Chuckwagon banner.
Second Runner Up: Mettawas Station Mediterranean Restaurant
Truly, a work of art “The Italian Love Affair” cupcake features an edible fondant coffee cup, a chocolaty espresso mouse centre, and topped with a fancy lady finger placed into the tasty mascarpone frosting.
Aleksander Estate Winery
This was another amazing work of artisan creativity complete with fondant olives, wine bottle, cheese, and loaf of bread. The delicious centre was filled with a raspberry and homemade jam. Aleksander’s red velvet cupcake had raspberry fruit wine baked into the cake and used in the buttercream icing.
Pelee Island Winery
This elegant looking cupcake featured a basil leaf garnish on top. Interestingly, olive oil and ice wine was used to create this culinary delight.
Victorian Rose Tea House
This tasty cupcake combines two of Victorian Rose’s popular desserts. The cupcake presented was a wonderful chocolate fudge brownie topped with meringue and fresh strawberries drizzled with chocolate and strawberry icing.
Vernon’s Tap & Grill
This humble looking cupcake with a BIG name, “The Raspberry Brew Heart On”, stayed true to Vernon’s pub roots with a raspberry Chambord butter cream icing and infused Strongbow Cider.
Named as the “must have burger gem” for National Burger Day 2011, Jack’s “For The Love of The Burger” cupcake was another showcase of creativity. In fact, this could easily be mistaken for one of Jack’s feature burgers of the week served with fries and condiments.
Annabelles Tea Room and Restaurant
This was easily the cutest cupcake in the competition. The “Soak in The Love at Annabelles” was wonderful and fully captured the essence of tea at its sweetest!