‘Clash of the Cupcakes’ names Queen City Cupcakes ‘Best Cupcake 2012′ winner
They came…they clashed…and they were delicious.
Queen City Cupcakes of Manchester was recognized as the “Best Cupcake 2012” at the “Clash of the Cupcakes” held recently at the Hospitality Center on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University. The winning entry was a Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcake.
Taking home the title of “Best Cupcake 2012” in the student division were Mocha Chica teammates Melia Moulton, Courtney Schadt and Ashley O’Connell.
The first-ever “Clash of the Cupcakes” served as a fund raising event for Southern New Hampshire Services’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
Members of the audience selected the Skybar Cupcake entered by Cupcakes 101 of Bedford as the “People’s Choice” winner in the professional division. The Cupcake Queen student team of Cassandra Nickerson and Molly Stone were awarded the “People’s Choice” award for their Apple Cider Carmel Cupcake entry.
Other professional bakers competing at the event were
- Who You Callin’ Cupcake (Salem);
- Cupcake Conspiracy (Merrimack);
- O’Sugar! Cakery (Seabrook); and
- Gone Baking (Bedford).
Members of the other student teams participating included
- Redneck Princesses: Alyssa Regan, Shyann Gauthier and Taylor Whitcomb;
- Kooky Kake Makers: Kriten Manozzi, Cayla Klawitter and Viucy Salch;
- Campfire Song S-O-N-G: Shannon Fluharty and Moryah Moreau; Morgan Early,
- Hats & Tats: Andrea Blake and Zach Grossi
The evening featured a three-course meal prepared and served by students from the University’s Culinary Arts Program. All attendees received a box of cupcakes as a take home gift.
Attendees had the opportunity to bid on and take home their favorite item from a Silent Auction.
Emcee for the evening was Mike Morin, author and co-host of New Hampshire in the Morning on 95.7 WZID. Judges included Chef Nicole Barreira from T-Bones/Cactus Jack, Robin Fuestel from Frederick’s Bakery in Amherst and Professor Vicki Connell, co-chair of SNHU’s Culinary Department.
Proceeds from the event benefit Southern New Hampshire Services’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. The money raised will help RSVP to continue to recruit, train and recognize the program’s dedicated seniors who, through their volunteer service, remain active and contributing members of their community.
The event was sponsored by Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center, King Arthur Flour, Hanover Hill Health Care Center, Birch Hill Terrace, Cross Insurance and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England. Additional support was provided by Southern New Hampshire University, The Quill Restaurant, SNHU’s Cake Decorating Club and Southern New Hampshire Services.