Reminder - First Annual DC Cupcake Contest

Don't forget: DC's first annual cupcake contest is tomorrow night! It's shaping up to be a fun event you won't want to miss. And I'm honored to report that I'll be one of the five judges helping to crown Washington's first cupcake king or queen. (Yeah, my job is really tough sometimes...) I had the opportunity today to talk with Jenni Collins, the creative force behind the contest, about cupcakes, weddings, and how the contest came to be:

Why the contest? You're already busy planning your wedding. What prompted you to take on yet more planning right now?
I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew sometimes - this time it happened to be a cupcake! Seriously though, my wedding planning is pretty buckled down so that really isn't that big of a factor at this point. I was originally planning to have cupcakes at the wedding in place of a traditional cake, so cupcakes have been top of mind for me all summer. Additionally, I am surrounded at work by a plethora of cupcake connoisseurs and we often try new cupcakeries. Since several new ones have opened in the wake of Georgetown Cupcake's momentous debut, we debate which ones we each like best. That is pretty much how the idea started and it kind of took off from there. I really had no idea that I would get such tremendous response as I have.

Why are you interested in cupcakes instead of cakes?
Honestly, I don't like cake. I know that sounds a bit crazy! With all the recent hype over cupcakes, I have decided to tip-toed toward cake again and cupcakes are just baby-steps on the way until full cakehood. Plus, they are a lot cuter. I have until May (my wedding) to re-acquaint myself fully with cakes. In the meantime, bring on the cupcakes!

What other special, personal touches are you adding to your wedding?
Can't divulge at this point in time. :)

What's your favorite cupcake flavor?
My favorite cupcake flavor - that's hard!! I have to say that I do love PattyCakes (Bryn Mawr, PA) TastyCake cupcake - its peanut butter and chocolate - who doesn't love that?!? I also really like the strawberry cupcake at Baked & Wired here in DC. And, of course, pumpkin with cream cheese icing. I'm hoping to find a new favorite flavor at the 1st Annual DC Cupcake Contest.

What are your favorite wedding planning resources?
My favorite wedding planning resources? Hmmm - that's a great question. I'd have to say the blogosphere. I voraciously read multiple wedding planning blogs - I've got them all loaded into my Google Reader and I keep adding more. Outside of that, I do love the Knot's budgeting and invitation management software on their site. Its the best I have found. I've abandoned the paper bound planners available at all the bookstores. None really fit my needs perfectly. That might need to be my next venture...

Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of DC's newest tradition! The First Annual DC Cupcake Contest takes place tomorrow night, September 25th, at the beautiful Washington Club at Dupont Circle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. You can find all the details, including a list of participating bakers, at Jenni's blog.