Hey, Ithaca bakers! Let’s not have a pandemic stop the Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest! We’re on for October 17. Watch this space for details on how to enter. $250 Grand Prize and other prizes!
Contestants in the 4th Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest on October 19 dished up spectacular entries—congratulations to these winners of Special Awards!
I Might be a Short Cake, But It Really Stacks Up Award
I’ve FALLen For You Award
Monica Lee Cotto
Paws-itively Adorable Award
Head Over Heels for the Chocolate Heart Award
It’s Early Gre(y)at
It Takes Two To Mango Award
Ashley Bacalso & Shiang Chin
Nonu Would Be Proud Award
Mint to Be Award
Berry Delicious Award
Season’s Greetings Award
Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice Award
Best Thing Since Sliced Bread Award
It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Award
Hannah & Cheryl Stephenson
Most Attractive to Bees Award
Madely Myers’s entry: strawberry and cream cheese cupcakes reflecting “sweet” Sophie
Natalie McCaskill-Myers’s entry: pumpkin and spice cupcakes inpired by the Farmer’s Market
Faith Heath’s entry: pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and gold and black crystal sprinkles
Monica Lee Cotto’s entry: banana cream cupcakes decorated with a chocolate gold feather
Kelsey Pipkin’s tiramisu expresso-flavored cupcakes decorated with kitty-themed lady finger biscuits
Audrey Greene’s entry: chocolate and raspberry cupcakes with a chocolate heart decoration
Veronica Fitzpatrick’s entry: Earl Grey cupcakes with a candied grapefruit peel, brandy snap, and edible flower petals
Mary Sever-Schoonmaker’s entry: “Mango Wango Tango” ginger cupcakes with homemade mango curd with a white chocolate bubble bark garnish
Ashley Bacalso & Shiang Chin’s entry: Green tea cupcakes garnished with a matcha pocky stick
Kyra O’Toole’s entry: dark chocolate cannoli cupcakes with Italian meringue frosting
Violet Zoner’s entry: chocolate cupcakes with mint Oreo, Italian meringue frosting, and Oreo crumbles and candy melt drizzles
Erin Morris’s entry: Blueberry bourbon homegrown basil cupcakes iced with blueberry buttercream frosting
Miranda Crosley’s entry: pumpkin cupcakes filled with spiced cranberry sauce topped with leaf-shaped pie crust decorations and a sugared cranberry
Rebacca Gray’s entry: chocolate lime and black pepper cupcakes with coconut lime frsoting
Tabitha Gray’s entry: lemon mango cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting decorated with chocolate chips and lemon drops
Hannah & Cheryl Stephenson’s entry: “Puff-kin Patch” spice cupcakes with cinnamon caramel ermine frosting and jack-o-lantern decorations
Hallie Sims’s entry: wild blackberry cardamom cupcakes and lemon blackberry cream frosting decorated with sugared blackberries and mint leaves (all of which seemed to delight Ithaca’s honey bee population!)
This year’s annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest set a record for entries—66 bakers created their magic and brought it down to the Bernie Milton Pavilion on Saturday October 19. The judges had an impossible task, but besides the top three winners they selected six bakers to receive Honorable Mention Awards. Bravo and thanks to all 66 contestants—you were amazing!
All Honorable Mention awardees were presented with $25 gift certificates from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.
Active Minds at Ithaca High School
Active Minds at Ithaca High School’s entry: Napoleon ice cream-themed cupcakes set in a classic cone with layers of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate cake topped with homemade whipped cream and sprinkles.
Rachel Allison’s entry: Chocolate cupcakes filled with chocolate truffle and intense strawberry flavor, topped with a Nutella, raspberry and white chocolate buttercream swirl–and a pouring cup of chocolate sauce.
Akiko Cliteur’s entry: Carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting accompanied by lemon flavored macarons with almond, cranberry, and pistachio toppings.
Kate Bagnell’s entry: The “cookie-lover’s cupcakes” are chocolate chip cupcakes with cookie dough core, topped with chocolate fudge, buttercream frosting, and a mini chocolate chip sandwich cookie.
Erica Brath’s entry: All-vegan chocolate stout cupcakes with whiskey buttercream icing and dark chocolate dragon decorations.
Heather Williams’s entry: Spiced pumpkin cupcakes filled with cranberry compote with cranberry cheesecake frosting.
Here are the winners in the 4th Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest organized by The Sophie Fund in the Ithaca Commons on October 19. (More winners will be posted soon!)
Zoe Dubrow (right) won the Grand Prize
Zoe Dubrow’s “Cup(cakes) of Tea” were made of Earl Grey cake layered with fall flower honey cheesecake and honeyed lemon curd inside of an Earl Grey-infused white chocolate tea cup. The cupcakes were garnished with a candied lemon slice and a frosted Earl Grey short bread tea bag cookie.
$250 gift certificate from Downtown Ithaca Alliance
Ann Phelan’s “Toasty Campfire Cupcakes” won second prize in the 4th Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest! Her chocolate cupcakes with Graham Cracker crust were topped with marshmallow-like frosting.
$100 gift certificate from Downtown Ithaca Alliance
Jennifer Dobmeier’s “I Love Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes” won third prize in the 4th Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest! The pumpkin spice cupcakes were filled with expresso mascarpone filling, and topped with pumpkin spice vanilla frosting and a white chocolate coffee cup lid.
$50 gift certificate for GreenStar Natural Foods Market
Takoda Warner’s vegan cupcakes won the Youth Award in the 4th Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest! The fig and rosemary pound cake cupcakes were topped by a vegan white chocolate flower.
$100 gift certificate from Downtown Ithaca Alliance
Ready for the 4th Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest, in the Ithaca Commons on Saturday October 19? Have fun following all the action on Instagram @ The Sophie Fund.