Monday, August 23, 2010

Sugar high: Snapshots from Cupcake Smackdown 2.0.


Riddle me this, Austinites.

What do you get when you combine cupcakes, zombies, and oh, a little bit of Dave Chappelle?

You get my Saturday afternoon at Cupcake Smackdown, that's what.


(Yes, I decided to dress like a cupcake.) 

So, how cute is Jennie Chen? The brains behind this operation, Jennie has organized the Cupcake Smackdown two years in a row now. What was a blowout bar party last summer (One 2 One Bar, specifically) is now a full-fledged family event, this year at The Westin and Le Cordon Bleu. 

Speaking of inclusivity, even zombies were invited to Cupcake Smackdown this year.


(Unfortunately for them, our zombie brethren served as rather better target practice, than proper party guests.)

Back inside, I saw my favorite pastry girls: The Cupcake Bar.


... Sampled a Kona Kahlua cupcake by Bellissimo Bakery, which is as insane as it sounds.


... Had a long chat with the little lady behind Blackbird Bakery, Karen Morgan, who has her own cookbook coming out from Chronicle Books (one of my favorite publishers) this Fall.


... Passed by Cake Ball, which I didn't sample, only because I was too busy stuffing my face with something else. But word on the street is that Cake Ball was many attendees' favorite Cupcake Smackdown treat.


... Spied these funny, multi-colored macaroons from La Boite Cafe.


Have you ever tasted a macaroon? They are marvelous. Whenever a lady wanted to be naughty in Victorian literature, she'd sneak a bite of a macaroon hidden in her pocket. Scandalous!


Above, tiny portraits of Jennie's dog House, in cupcakes by Sugar Mama's.


Your humble blogger! Demure as ever, gobbling cupcakes by the finger-full.

And finally, Dave Chappelle? I'm not sure what brought him to Austin, but as pictured here, he swung by the Cupcake Smackdown. One of the zombies even got his photograph.

21 comments:

Frank J. Rivera said...

I like to imagine that you keep macaroons in your coat pocket.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Frank - Oh I DO, sir. But hush now, it's all sooo naughty!

Anonymous said...

Eeeeek! Love your dress. Where's it from?

M1EK said...
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M1EK said...

Nice pictures. Karen made really great cupcakes - I'm not GF and ate about six of them. If there was another lady working the booth when you went by, that was my wife (her sister), by the way.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Anonymous - Thank you! Blue Velvet Vintage, on North Loop Rd. here in Austin.

www.bluevelvetaustin.com/

@M1EK - Thanks friend! Karen is really sweet. And her cupcakes are tasty!! Your wife / her sister works with her, I presume?

M1EK said...

Nope, Karen does it all - we were just planning on being there for moral support - I ended up taking her son and my kids out to play and ride on the train (before the zombies took over) and my wife helped out at the booth since it was getting pretty crazy.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

MIKE! It is such a small world. I just realized you're the voice behind Bake Sale of Bile...which I've been reading for ages. :) And now you're helping out at a REAL bake sale!

ChrisNAustin said...

This event was a lot of fun. My kids and I participated in setting the Guinness World Record for most people decorating a cupcake at once. And each of them nailed a zombie with the cupcake cannon. Their weekend was made. I can not believe I didn't see Chappelle. That would have been fantastic.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@ChrisNAustin - Chris I can't believe I didn't see you! Although I may have seen your kiddos...I watched the cupcake cannon shenanigans for a while. :)

M1EK said...

LOL. Awesome, I can't believe I didn't think of that angle. I've been reading your blog off/on too BTW.

Le Tigre said...

I am so bummed I missed this. Looks like a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!!!

Cristie said...

You are adorable Tolly!!!

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Le Tigre - You were probably too busy modeling somewhere! :D Did you have a ridiculously awesome Austin Fashion Week?

@Cristie - Thank you!!

I BLEED PINK said...

I am bummed I didn't go this year, looks like a lot of fun.

Le Tigre said...

Actually I wasn't. I got into a car accident and had to cancel my shows. :(

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@I BLEED PINK - Fortunately, they seem to be expanding! The Cupcake Smackdown operation, I mean. Which means it will definitely be annual, if not more frequent, so I bet you won't have to wait terribly long for another!

@Le Tigre - What?!?? Are you ok??

Anonymous said...

were you at La Sombra last night?

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Anonymous - Nope! I WISH! But I was there on Friday night.

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