It’s coming up this July 25 and tickets are still available. Guests will be treated to small bites and cocktails catered by The Carillon and Chef Josh Watkins and a Silent Auction will be held featuring foodie favorites and surprises to delight most everyone. But guests at Cupcakes & Cocktails have an extra treat in store for them.
This year, the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s annual fundraising event will feature an invitational cupcake taste-off. We’ve asked five local bakeries to come up with a cupcake creation inspired by their favorite cocktails. Guests at the Cupcakes & Cocktails event will be invited to taste and vote by text for their favorite cupcake. The winner will receive the Cupcakes & Cocktails Challenge trophy (and bragging rights to having the most “toast”-able cupcake in town).
Meet the Cupcakes & Cocktails Challenge Bakers
Amity Bakery, represented by owner Barrie Cullinan
Sugar N’ Spice Patisserie, represented by owner Stephanie Dobos
Objects of Confection, represented by owner Jessica Forkner
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, represented by General Manager Andrea Leck
Envy Pastries, represented by owner Heidi Swiderski
From Barrie Cullinan, whose Amity Bakery was named one of Bon Appetit’s Top 10 Best Bread Bakeries in 2011 to Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, which is the Austin Chronicle’s pick for best birthday cake in the city, the Cupcakes & Cocktails challengers offer some pretty stiff competition. Heidi Swiderski of Envy Pastries not only runs a successful business as a pastry chef, she is also an instructor at Make It Sweet, the city’s best known destination for all things cake. Objects of Confection by Jessica Forkner have been found everywhere from stylish Texas weddings to posts on the CBS Sports blog. And Stephanie Dobos of Sugar N’ Spice Patisserie is not only a pastry chef by day, she’s also a volunteer for Bake A Wish and delivers birthday cakes and other baked goods to those in need throughout Austin. Jessica Forkner of Objects of Confection is also among the ranks of Bake A Wish volunteers who are also professional pastry chefs.
The Austin Food Blogger Alliance raises their glass to these talented pastry chefs for taking on the Cupcakes & Cocktails challenge. We can’t wait to toast you all this July 25!