The Savory Chef and Her Sweet Tooth

I am a savory chef. Of course, I can bake. That’s part of my training. Sure, I have had to make plenty of cakes, cookies, tarts, pies and, yes, cupcakes in my day (I even was asked to make a cupcake tier for a friend’s wedding). But I am no pastry chef. I generally do not work with fondant (save my son’s second birthday party…oh, how he wanted a choo-choo train cake). Pastillage and I are not well acquainted.

Wedding Cupcake Tier - Carrot Cake with Orchids

Wedding Cupcake Tier - Carrot Cake with Orchids

Jonathan's Choo-Choo Train Cake a la Anabel Karmel

Jonathan's Choo-Choo Train Cake a la Anabel Karmel

When it comes to tasting sweets, well, that is another story altogether. So, when I heard that not one but two of my cupcake ideas were selected as semifinalists in Tribeca Treats’s Annual Cupcake Competition, I was thrilled! (Especially since the competition, which benefits A.C.E. Programs for the Homeless, received over 100 entries. Only 12 were chosen to move on to the taste-test round.)

My two ideas: Monkey Madness (banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting topped with chocolate chips) and Creamsicle (orange chiffon cupcake with vanilla buttercream topped with candied orange peel). The fun part: The Creamsicle will be taste-tested on Tuesday, September 8th and the Monkey Madness on Wednesday, September 9th at Tribeca Treats!

Here’s how the tasting works: customers will be invited to taste-test each semifinalist cupcake, in exchange for a $5 donation to Tribeca Partnership and A.C.E Programs for the Homeless. Customers will rate each cupcake on a scale of 1-10; the scores will be averaged. The top four will go head-to-head in a final taste test on Friday, September 11th. The winners will then be announced on Monday, September 14th.

So, head down to Tribeca Treats and vote!

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