Yum! A cupcake contest!

Replacing the traditional wedding cake with a tower of cupcakes is a trend that looks like it's here to stay, and for good reason:  Cupcakes are fun, delicious, and often less expensive than a more traditional multi-layered wedding cake. While hunting for information about cupcakes for one of my brides this afternoon, I stumbled upon this blog post about a cupcake contest to be held right here in DC next month!

It sounds like all the details aren't yet in place, but here's what's posted so far:

Date:  Thursday, September 25th, 2008 Time:  TBD, but sometime after working hours Place:  The Washington Club at Dupont Circle

Entries will be accepted from professional, amateur, and out-of-town bakers, in the following categories:

•  Vanilla with chocolate icing •  Chocolate with vanilla icing •  Wildcard - where creativity counts

Now, I'm not suggesting that all you brides-to-be (or grooms-to-be) get started on developing the Great American Cupcake Recipe, but this sounds like a really fun opportunity to see what area bakers have to offer in the cupcake department!  Plus it'll be a fun night out for you and your fiance, or for your and your bridesmaids.  And the Washington Club is a lovely venue that's available for wedding receptions -- maybe you'll find the perfect cupcake and the perfect place to serve it!

While we're on the subject of cupcakes, they're not just the new wedding cake. Cupcakes make excellent wedding favors, are a delicious addition to an out-of-town gift basket, and are a welcome surprise when brought in for your guests to enjoy as a midnight snack at your reception.  I'm sure you can think of other great ways of incorporating cupcakes at your event.

Back to the cupcake contest:  I think Mr. Husband and I will try to make it to this. Anybody else in?