Disclaimer: We’re just a bunch of sisters who like watching Cupcake Wars on Netflix or Food Network (when we’re at a hotel with cable TV). We have no official relationship of any sort with anyone officially affiliated with the TV show.
December 22, 2015, welcomed the second annual Lopez family Cupcake Wars.
Last year’s Cupcake Wars was our first. Alli (age 8) and I went up against Lex (13) and Ana (my twin-not-twin). Alli and I got the kitchen first. We used this recipe that I found on Pinterest for the cake part, and used store-bought buttercream frosting. For the decoration, we used some gingerbread men-shaped toppers we found in Target’s baking section.
I was proud of myself for not ruining the recipe and for cutting the corner of a Zip-loc bag to squeeze the frosting out. The alternative would be using the standard butter-knife to frost.
Ana and Lex used a “death by chocolate” recipe and store-bought chocolate frosting. For decoration, they used a Reese’s cup, a (different) store-bought gingerbread topper, and yellow sprinkles to make a baby Jesus in a manger. They got the major creativity points.
Some behind-the-scenes pics (with Papi photo-bombing)…
In the end, ALLI AND I WON!!! The judges had a tough decision, but landed on the gingerbread cupcakes because WE’RE AWESOMER THAN THE OTHER TEAM’S! Just kidding, the delightful taste of the gingerbread surprised them, so they chose us.
This year, the we divided into the same teams. I pinned a bunch of ideas, and together Alli and I picked a fun Princess Leia design. We didn’t follow the recipe, just the picture for the decoration. We used this site for both our peanut butter frosting and chocolate cupcake recipes.
Every homemade frosting I’ve tried to make thus far in life has failed, Cupcake Wars 2015 being no exception. The only difference this time around was that the frosting tasted awesome, despite its lack of fluffiness (it’s consistency was more similar to soup than frosting).
In light of that, Alli and I quickly made up two more cupcake designs: a simpler Christmas-themed one, and a Chewbacca that would use the store-bought frosting.
I panicked over our batter for no reason, as it baked just fine. When I was celebrating evading imminent failure, Ana and Lex began their baking.
They used this chocolate cupcake recipe and made homemade caramel cream cheese frosting (from a recipe I can’t find). I thought my frosting tasted great, but theirs was AWESOME. They used strawberry tips for noses, chocolate chips for eyes, and pretzels for antlers.
Some behind-the-scenes baking… Nothing much has changed.
We made a HUGE mess.
Then it was time for the judges to taste. Something went wrong with Ana and Lex’s batter, because the cake was dense and dry. However, their Christmas-related creativity and frosting were favored over Alli’s and mine.
In the end, they couldn’t choose a winner. The competition was a draw. Next year, Alli and I shall reign champions!
Have your own Cupcake Wars, a great indoor winter activity for all ages! Comment your own stories of family baking/cooking competitions and rivalries!