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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How S.F. Fared on Last Night's Cupcake Wars

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 10:36 AM

click to enlarge The home team: Brandon Arnovick of Mission Minis. - FOOD NETWORK
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  • The home team: Brandon Arnovick of Mission Minis.

Having to watch Cupcake Wars made me roll my eyes as much as when my date last night said that he was noticing that cupcakes were a big deal. Ugh, please: That is so 2000 and late. The trend is as over as the FroYo yo-yo.

Basically we have been ignoring Cupcake Wars until now. Mission Minis was on last night's episode and with San Francisco (Yigit) winning Top Chef: Just Desserts and the Giants as World Series Champs we are extra prideful these days. We just had to partake of more competition.

Last night's show was war ― on cupcakes. Brandon Arnovick, owner of San Francisco's Mission Minis, came out with a black T-shirt and tattoos, laughing at the girls in their pink and tutus. Two words were operable here: Beat L.A., as represented by Auntie Em's. There were two other bakery competitors, but who cared?

The competition had four challenges. The winner would get their cupcake featured at the L.A. Kings Opening Night Fest and $10,000.

Challenge 1: Taste.

Create a championship cupcake using at least two of the players' favorite warmup foods: tuna, carrots, turkey, and wheat germ were among the not so sugary ingredients. Mission Minis used carrots, olive oil, cream cheese frosting, crushed banana chips, and maple syrup as a high-five to the Kings' Canadian players. After the judges' reaction, Brandon responded, "Waterfalls of awesomeness are pouring all throughout my body" We love our poetic San Francisco bakers.

To sweeten this challenge even more, the L.A. team went home first. That's right, we beat L.A., again, and using the same ingredient. Apparently the judges got no olive oil flavor in the Auntie Em's cupcake, even after the bakers poked holes in their cakes and drizzled olive oil on top when they were worried that they were flavorless.

Side note: I've been a judge in a cupcake challenge and even that didn't make me want to puke as badly as when the host of this ridic show said, "Cupcake making is a lot like hockey, except here there is no penalty for icing."

Challenge 2: Taste and presentation.

For this challenge the competitors had to create three cupcakes with elaborate L.A. Kings-inspired designs. Brandon made a Swiss coconut cupcake, a vanilla butter cream cupcake with purple frosting, and an Aztec chocolate cupcake. For this challenge the presentation counted for 50 percent and the San Francisco Minimal decoration style just didn't fly, when the other teams made crowns and cages (even if one of the teams made inedible decorations). We were sent home. "You can't win the war with a dash of food coloring and a few sprinkles."

We went out in Challenge 2, BFD. We still beat L.A., and making cupcakes for an L.A. sports team is no prize for us anyway. In case you were wondering, the team that won was Cakeology from Massachusetts. They were the girls in tutus and my goodness did the baker look like Katy Perry.

We kicked L.A.'s butt and we liked it.

Read more from Carina Ost at Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie.

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