Eight teams of professional bakers are competing for a sweet cause and the title of Best Cupcake 2013 at the second annual Clash of the Cupcakes this Friday, Oct. 25, at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.
“We needed to find a new fundraising event, and I was an avid watcher of Cupcake Wars on TV,” Southern New Hampshire Services volunteer director Dee Martin said.“It’s really a fun evening. It’s different, it’s delicious and we have some wonderful selections.”
Bakers will prepare 75 cupcakes in advance. The teams will then have 30 minutes to frost and decorate cupcakes in front of guests on the night of the “clash.”
Cupcake teams include New England Cupcakery of Concord, Cupcakes 101 of Bedford, Cupcake Conspiracy in Merrimack, Life is Sweet of Keene, Sweet Ideas by Vikki in Salem, Triolo’s Bakery of Bedford, Queen City Cupcakes in Manchester and Lakes Region Cupcakes in Tilton and Meredith.
Teams decide on their cupcake flavors and varieties in advance so that no two cupcakes are alike. Queen City Cupcakes will be preparing a roasted acorn squash and pecan pie cupcake, Cupcakes 101 will have an apple cinnamon fried dough cupcake and Triolo’s Bakery will be making a chocolate port wine cupcake with black currant whipped ganache.
“Usually, they pick one that’s a real good seller, or they pick one that’s [seasonal],” Martin said. “Every single one is different.”
Attendees select their favorite cupcakes for the People’s Choice award, and a panel of judges determines the Best Cupcake of 2013. Last year, Queen City Cupcakes took the title of Best Cupcake.
WZID’s Mike Morin will emcee again.
“He cannot wait, he loves it,” Martin said.
There’s also a silent auction with items like a Harley Davidson leather jacket, gifts from the bakers and gift cards to local restaurants.
The event benefits Southern New Hampshire Services’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, which invites adults ages 55 and over to share skills and talents in a meaningful way through volunteer opportunities like reading in schools, helping out at the food bank or teaching courses at the community jail, for example.