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Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest Winners!

Bittersweet’s Mini Gingerbread Cupcakes

My favorite thing about the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest is seeing how creative everyone is with their cupcakes and their photography. Every single entry is just mouthwatering – and all of the designs and decorations can easily be recreated in your own kitchen, so I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that they really inspire me to start preparing for next year’s contest! Getting down to business, I’d like to announce the two winners (as selected by an anonymous panel of judges).

The grand prize goes to Bittersweet‘s cupcakes topped with Mini Gingerbread Houses. There is great attention to detail in these cupcakes, including a teeny tiny snowman made from dragees and some stepping stones made from chopped walnuts. The second prize goes to Tracyecakes Snowglobe Coca-cola Cupcakes. The cupcakes are actually turned upside down to serve as the base of the snowglobe. The fondant polar bears and gummy cola bottles are very cute (and will remind everyone who’s seen them of those cute polar bear holiday commercials that Coke used to put out annually. You can find a detailed how-to recreate the snowglobe effect here.

A big thanks to everyone who participated, and a big thanks to my judges (you know who you are!) for sorting through all those cupcakes. If you haven’t already, don’t forget take a peek at the rest of the entries and see what great work everyone who participated did, and get some ideas for next year’s contest!

Tracycake’s Cola Snowglobe Cupcakes

Tracycake’s Cola Snowglobe Cupcakes

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  • Sue
    December 29, 2009

    I love Bittersweet’s darling gingerbread house cupcake!!! I almost missed the teeny-tiny snowman-too cute!

  • Tracye
    December 29, 2009

    Thanks so much! They were fun to make, and yummy to eat!

    I love the tiny gingerbread house, too!

  • Kelly K
    December 29, 2009

    The mini snowman is so adorable! I love it!

  • Hannah
    December 31, 2009

    This is such an honor, and the happiest way I could imagine concluding the year! Thank you for another fun round of your cupcake contest. 🙂

  • Sheila
    December 31, 2009

    I know it isn’t a cupcake, but I made a cake for my son’s birthday that we were all pretty delighted with. It’s a Clone Trooper helmet, lying down.


    Thanks for all the ideas you’ve given me over the year, by the way. I really enjoy reading your blog.

  • Julie
    January 3, 2010

    Congrats on your contest, but I have to wonder just why you, or your judges, woudl award a second place to cupcakes that blatantly rip off the work done by the very famous Bakerella over 12 months ago? Copying is not any form of flattery, it is laziness in the extreme, and to reward it speaks none too well of you an your judges. I ordinarily come to your blog at least a few times a week to follow along, but Iwill seriously be scaling back on that – how do I know now that any of YOUR work is original?

  • Nicole
    January 3, 2010

    Hi Julie – Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate the feedback. This contest was for cupcake photos – the cupcakes were not required to be homemade nor did the design need to be an original creation, but the photograph needed to be their own. The judges could very well have picked a cupcake with sprinkles on top, it was their perogative to pick the entries that were most visually appealing to them. I did not place any restrictions on what they were, or were not, allowed to select as the winner.

    Incidentally, there is already a link to Bakerella’s instructions in the contest post, as she provided a great how-to last year when she did the design on her site.

    Sorry to hear that you’re disappointed with the way the contest went. I loved seeing everyone’s photos and can’t wait to do it all again next year!

  • Hanna
    January 4, 2010

    Congratulations to both contest winners!

    to tracycakes: how did you create the bubble, where is the ice-bear inside? are you do it by yourself?

    I like your writing “North Pole” special the N and the P 🙂

    Is there a possibility to “learn” the american font?

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