Blogiversary Giveaway Winner

I’ve been so excited to announce the winner of my one-year blogiversary Bake It Pretty giveaway.  I made chocolate salted dulce de leche cupcakes and have been enjoying them immensely as I read each of your entries and comments on the post.

I am very happy now to announce the winner of the $50 Bake It Pretty gift certificate.  I know that she’s going to be very, very happy and I can’t wait to see what she’ll decide to get with it.  So, congratulations…

Amanda!  You have won!  Be sure to let me know what you decide to get from Bake It Pretty!  :)

Cupcake Hero: The Winner Is…

Today has been a really hot day in Sydney; the temperature has reached nearly 95F. It’s a good thing I did all my baking yesterday, when it wasn’t so hot! We did do our taste-testing today, however. To our Cupcake Hero throw-down contestants, I congratulate you again, as well as commend you for your efforts in making these cupcakes. Both of them have extra steps that makes them both extra special.

For our vote-winner, the batica from Sugar Plum of Vanillastrawberryfields, we are required to use a fresh coconut and grate it down (which is a bit of work!) and then to let the cake batter sit for at least four hours. The recipe was a little hard to understand, mainly because it’s not made in a traditional manner, but this is what made it special. What we liked about it is that it is very unique and traditional. It was definitely a moist cake with a lovely coconut flavor. 2 out of my 5 taste-testers preferred Sugar Plum’s batica.

For our competitor, the coconut rough cupcake from Catie of Catie’s Cakes & Cookies, the extra steps were the preparation of the chocolate-coconut nests and the coconut malibu truffles. Making these two particular things is not an easy task when it is so hot; a lot of refrigeration was necessary! When all was done and everyone had messy fingers!, the taste-testers really liked the chocolate-coconut nests and the gooey-ness of the truffles. This is what made these cupcakes so special. So special in fact, that 3 out of my 5 taste-testers preferred Catie’s coconut rough cupcakes.

This means that our winner in the throwdown by just one vote is Catie of Catie’s Cakes & Cookies!

Congratulations Catie!

Once again, I want to also congratulate you again Sugar Plum and everyone else who entered their coconut cupcakes!

Cupcake Hero will now return to I Heart Cuppycakes, so stay tuned over there to see what the next Cupcake Hero theme ingredient will be. :)