The tropics were the inspiration for last night’s Iron Cupcake Challenge where entries evoked sandy beaches and the best of summer. This month’s challenge was broken up into two categories — flavor and presentation, and voting was done ballot-style instead of by a panel of judges. The changes gave everyone a chance to participate, but perhaps hurt some of the edgier entries like Nicole Lapointe’s jerk-flavored cupcakes. I shouldn’t complain because my favorite cupcake won. Listen as winner Jen Hayes discusses her flavorful entry:
If you want to participate in the next challenge, contact Irma at Beautiful Cakes. She’ll announce the next theme soon! Iron Cupcake Chicago is held at Veranda, 5700 W Irving Park Road on the first Monday of each month.