Battle Cupcake: I demand a recount
For those of you who arent too familiar with the SBX culture, let me give you some insight: were a competitive crowd. We work hard and we have fun while we work, but we have the most fun winning. We celebrate our victories on behalf of clients as a team. Youll see high fives around the office when we land huge placements and interviews but we get right back to work because were always searching for the next big thing.
Even outside of client work were usually engaged in some competitive activity or debate. Weve been known to divide the office for a good game of NERF H-O-R-S-E
. And come August, theres never any question about who supports which college football teams (Go Dawgs
I tell you all of this to set the stage for the latest in SpeakerBox competitions our own version of the Food Networks famed series, Iron Chef
. Battle Cupcake took center stage as our inaugural competition: eight competitors, eight cupcake varieties. Non-bakers served as judges, scoring our 100% homemade (no store bought mixes or frosting for us) cupcakes on three criteria: plating, creativity and taste. We researched, plotted and talked cupcake smack in the hallways during the days leading up to the competition.
And the results?
- 8th Place:
Jen/Chocolate cheesecake cupcakes
- 7th Place:
Mary/Chocolate chunk cookie cupcakes
- 6th Place:
Debbie/Heart-shaped chocolate cheesecake cupcakes
- 5th Place:
Piper/Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes
- Tied for 3rd Place:
Sarah/Ice cream cone cupcakes
and Seth/Strawberry cupcake w/ amaretto buttercream
- 2nd Place:
(39)- 1st Place: Grace/Chocolate peanut butter smorgasbord cupcakes (40.5)
Nothing against Graces chocolate peanut butter cupcakes the peanut butter icing was spot on, but my smores cupcakes were pretty dang good and I feel robbed. Theres no governing body to hear my appeal so Ill let Grace take the cake on this one but Ill be back.
From here on out, well be holding these challenges the first Thursday (or so) of every month. July is Battle Macaroni & Cheese. Homemade Mac & Cheese is an area where I dont have much (read:
any) experience, so Ill be spending my free time researching and battle testing recipes. If you have a killer/award winning Mac & Cheese recipe you think will help me steal the competition, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org