Ithaca’s Best Cupcakes 2018

Here are the top winners in the 3rd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest organized by The Sophie Fund in the Ithaca Commons on October 13. (More winners will be posted soon!)

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Zoe Dubrow (right) won the Grand Prize

 

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Zoe Dubrow’s “Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes” contained a cored whole strawberry filled with salted butterscotch. The concoctions were topped by a brown sugar cream cheese frosting, decorated with a chocolate fan, sliced strawberry, mint leaves, and a mini chocolate strawberry macaron.

1st Prize

$250 gift certificate for GreenStar Natural Foods Market

Zoe Dubrow

 

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Jennifer Dobmeier’s “Key Lime Pie Cupcake” is the Second Prize winner in the 3rd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest! The Key lime-scented vanilla cake with a lime curd filling was topped with a Key lime buttercream frosting.

2nd Prize

La Tourelle Hotel, Bistro, and Spa gift certificate (one night stay, Bistro breakfast, August Moon Spa)

Jennifer Dobmeier

 

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Erin Morris won the Third Prize in the 3rd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest with German chocolate cupcakes topped by a swirl of pink icing made from homemade jam using local farmer’s market strawberries.

3rd Prize

$50 gift certificate for GreenStar Natural Foods Market

Erin Morris

 

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Kyra O’Toole won the Youth Award for 18s & Under. She overcame tough competition with a set of chocolate cheesecake cupcakes, with an Oreo crust, chocolate cream filling, chocolate cream frosting.

Youth Award

$100 gift certificate from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (redeemable at more than 100 local businesses)

Kyra O’Toole

 

Snapshot of all the Winners

1st Place (Grand Prize)

Zoe Dubrow

2nd Place

Jennifer Dobmeier

3rd Place

Erin Morris

Youth Award

Krya O’Toole

 

Honorable Mention

Alexandra and Taylor Beauvais

Sophie Callister

Hannah and Cheryl Stephenson

Patti Meyers and Hudson

Tamarynde Cacciotti

Mary Sever-Schoonmaker

 

Special Awards

Natalie McCaskill-Myers

Sally and Rebecca Brenner

Aušra Milano

Robyn Schmitt

Claire Litwin

Isabella Jones and Navia Marshall

Ali Strongwater

Rhonda Williamee

Sean Vickroy

Alana Craib

Matilde Portnoy

Ella Corson

Maggie Chutter

Cierra Howard

Jessara Thomas

Oluademi James-Daniel

Ella Kain

Ibtisaam Ahmed

Jenna Kain

Lianna White

Sadie Hays

Sul Jordan

Talon Jordan

Cristin McLaughlin and Searra Lindhurst

Sonia and Ella Carr

Matt Jirsa for Cornell Minds Matter

 

Cupcakes: Honorable Mention Awards

At the 2nd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest on Saturday, once again contestants came with masterpieces that made judging extremely difficult! Congratulations to six amazing contestants who won Honorable Mention Awards.

 

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Natalie McCaskill-Myers’s entry: “Unicorn Cupcake with an “S” for Sophie”—caramel coffee pumpkin with a cardamom cream cheese frosting

The Honorable Mention awardees were presented with $20 Gift Certificates for Waffle Frolic in the Commons—good for a wide variety of sweet and savory waffle combinations, a full espresso bar, grilled cheese sandwiches, smoothies, Purity Ice Cream, and more.

Honorable Mention

Monica Cotto

Zoë Dubrow

Katherine Estoque

 Melanie Hardy

Natalie McCaskill-Myers

Robin Schmitt

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Monica Cotto’s: entry: A vegan blood orange dark chocolate cupcake with blood orange vegan buttercream topped with a vegan white and dark chocolate edible sugar crystal

 

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Zoë Dubrow’s entry: “Earl Grey Sunrise Cupcakes”—Earl Grey cake dipped in Earl Grey-infused chocolate ganache with a ring of mango Swiss meringue buttercream topped with sugared red and golden raspberries, chocolate shavings, and a chocolate-coated mint leaf, sprinkled with freeze-dried raspberry crumble.

 

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Katherine Estoque’s entry: “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake”—a brown sugar cake with eggless cookie dough and brown sugar frosting topped with chocolate sprinkles and more cookie dough

 

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Melanie Hardy’s entry: “Campfire S’more Cupcakes”—cocoa cake with vanilla cream and marshmallow fluff frosting and chocolate chip ganache topped with a Hershey bar

 

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Robin Schmitt’s entry: Vanilla cupcake with vanilla cream cheese frosting topped by a pine cone made from peanut butter and nutella with chocolate chex

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