Le Comptoir Général, already packed within the first few minutes of Cupcake Camp.
Olivier and Jane of La Cuisine checking out the cupcakes as participants set up.
Last-minute prepping before the judges start tasting.
Some very interesting flavors: Lime and Ginger Snap on the left, tea and violet on the right.
I was a judge for "The Most Parisian Cupcake" category with Lindsey of Lola's Cookies and Elo of Elo Les Cupcakes. This dark and white chocolate Eiffel Tower cupcake by Fairy Cooker was the unanimous winner.
Another entry into the "Most Parisian" category by Prête à Rêver.
Carte Postale de Paris by Cupcake Lovers in Paris. It's actually a carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting, our runner-up favorite in the "Most Parisian" category.
The little red sparkly berets and mini croissants are adorable!
Fashion Week oblige, we also tested these adorable little couture dress cupcakes.
I loved these little "Parisian Dog" cupcakes (hint: it's a Yorkie with hair in his eyes, bow on his head, that little coffee bean is his nose) by Cupcakes de Princess Cravatt.
The view from the judges' chair. The heat began to make the chocolate Eiffel Towers droop!
Our colleagues judging the "Exotic Ingredients" category.
Buko Pandan is a popular Filipino dessert made using young coconut and Screwpine leaves.
Another Filipino entry with purple yew entered into the "Exotic Ingredient" category.
Not all cupcakes were in competition. Most were just for fun, to help the charity benefit. Here are just a few of the many I could snap up before the crowd snatched them up.
To discover which cupcake won Best in Show, check with the official Cupcake Camp website. I had to bow out at about 3:30pm to make room for the cupcake shopping.
There was already a line all they down to the street! For 2012, be sure to get there early. ;-)