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Cupcake Camp Montreal 2010, November 21

Posted by Amie / November 15, 2010

Montreal Cupcake Camp 2010-All poutine should be topped with caramel.

Picture a day of thousands of cupcakes, 4 cupcake competitions, a $10 suggested donation for your choice of 3 and a coffee, and $2 each after that (or $5 for 3, $10 for 7. Or 14 for $20...Stop judging me) and all proceeds going to charity. Past winners: "Youppi Popping Out of a Poutine" and my personal obvious favourite "Poutine Traditionnel" (above). You could be be eating things like this on November 21st from 1pm-5pm at the 2010 Montreal Cupcake Camp. Best idea ever.

Eternal Sunshine of the Sugar RushLets do a little visualization...

You wake up on a Sunday morning, probably hungover, probably thinking that you shouldn't have drank that (those) and/or done that (him, her, them) last night and nothing is going to get you out of bed. Except then you start to think about coffee and that sounds pretty good, and maybe you start to think about brunch and that sounds good until you realize that it's Cupcake Camp Montreal day (November 21st) and for $10 you can have a late brunch of rich, decadent, frosted confections with free Café Myriade's coffee (they're bringing their own filtered water to guarantee the same quality as at their café AND they're selling 10oz bags of the coffee with proceeds going to the Cupcake Camp charities AND their baristas may or may not be in costume but definitely will be sporting 'staches for yet another charitable cause) and that all sounds swell. End visualization.

How do you turn this visualization into reality (hangover optional)? Make your way to the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, 900 Rene Levesque Boulevard West between 1pm and 5pm on November 21st. The best cupcakes will sell early but you'll still get the delicious sugar high if you go late. Greedy Cupcake Eyes at Cupcake Camp 2009Other reasons to go:
1. You don't want to be this lady, peering in on the finalists of the professional cupcake competition, wishing you were inside injecting your body with icing.
The Elvis"The Elvis" - a chocolate, peanut butter and banana cupcake created by Bitoque Restaurant, last year's Cupcake Camp hosts.

2. It could be kind of hilarious to watch the panel of serious food critics, chefs and local celebrity judges discussing the merits of Elvis, Youppi, and poutine-based cupcakes. This is not a frivolous undertaking. These people take their cupcakes very seriously, and so they should. The criteria are taste and design for the professional, amateur, and kids competitions, then there's the "Best Cupcake in Montreal" competition made of competitors from all the levels, the "Best Montreal Theme" competitio, and the #failcake - the disaster cupcake (last year's winner? Anthony Imperioli's savory smoked meat/pizza dough/cheese curd cupcake topped with cream creese frosting and a Montreal bagel. Yup, a Montreal bagel. Ridiculous? Yes. Delicious? Um...maybe? This year he comes back as a celebrity judge, well, his puppet "Nonna Maria" does. You don't need to speak Italian to love her).
Devil's DelightMarie Lancup's chocolate cupcake with a fleur de sel caramel swiss meringue buttercream, topped by an orange rosebud picked from her mother's garden "in the wee hours of the night before the event"

Anyone can enter the competitions and anyone can just donate, so if you feel like whipping up 24 cupcakes for a good cause, here's the entry form and more info. You do, however, need to drop your cupcakes off in the morning, so maybe in this case the hangover scenario is not ideal.

"Make us say 'wow!'" says festival organizer Laura Carmosino when I asked her for tips on winning. The secret is to surprise the judges (Nadia G of Bitchin'Kitchin, Ricardo Larrivée from "Ricardo and Friends", Chuck Hughes from Garde-Manger and "Chuck's Day Off", Lesley Chesterman of the Gazette, Patrice Demers of "Les Desserts de Patrice", and many more). Think exotic flavours like cosmopolitan, mojito, caramel apple, lavender, and s'mores, but sometimes simple is best: blueberry jelly inside a blueberry cupcake with vanilla bean buttercream. I guess "simple" is all relative.

Cheeseburger Cupcake"One Cheeseburger (Cupcake) to Go!", winner of best Amateur Design. Love the bed of french fries...

Then there are whimsical cupcakes for those who are experts with fondant.

The most important part of the competition is that any money it makes goes to Kids Help Phone and La Tablée des Chefs. "Last year we raised $8000 for Kids Help Phone," says Carmisino. "We figured this year we will raise more money so why not help two charities in need? We wanted to keep it related to children and food so Tablée des Chefs was a perfect match."

If you can't take 7 cupcakes to go for an extra $10 donation, don't worry, they'll still go to a good cause. Cupcake Camp hopes to not have leftovers, but extra cupcakes will be donated directly to La Tablée des Chefs to distribute to food banks. The $10 donation is probably better, since it'll go toward slightly more nutritious foods for those in need, but as Carmisino says, "Nothing goes to waste at Cupcake Camp MTL. We donated all our leftover cupcakes last year as well."

Need some cupcake ideas? I really think you should go with a pouding chomeur cupcake. I'm thinking a maple cupcake filled with maple toffee that will melt in the baking process and ozze a little into the cupcake. Then top it with a "tire d'érable" on a lollipop like you find at Québec sugar shacks. BYO-ice cream.

Or maybe maple sugar fondant "french fries" popping out of a maple cupcake, topped with cream cheese "curds" and maple candy in the shape of the fleur de lys perched on top. Doesn't get more Quebecois than that.

Cupcake Camp Montreal

Where: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, 900 Rene Levesque Boulevard West
When: Sunday, November 21, 1pm to 5pm
How much: $10 suggested donation (includes 3 cupcakes and a Café Myriade coffee), extra cupcakes $2 each, $5 for 3, or $10 for 7
Why: To support the Kids Help Phone and La Tablée des Chefs, to eat amazing cupcakes and see a hardcore cupcake competition, and/or to nurse a hangover.

Photos from Rosy Outlook on Flickr. Top: "Youppi Popping out of a Poutine" - winner of Best Montreal Themed Cupcake by Clever Cupcakes. Youppi is the former Montreal Expos mascot for anyone wondering.

"Poutine Traditionnel" - looks like caramel on top of "cheese curd" frosting and candies, all surrounding batons of sweet "Fries". Genius.

"Eternal Sunshine of the Sugar Rush" - amateur competition application by Catherine Langevin. Amateur??? According to who?



Michelle / November 15, 2010 at 03:11 pm
PLEASE NOTE: The venue has changed! Cupcake Camp Montreal will be taking place at:

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
900 Rene Levesque Boulevard West
Montreal, QC H3B 4A5

More info here: http://cupcakecampmtl.org/2010/
Janet / November 15, 2010 at 05:13 pm
I'll be the one camping out for the next 3 days. Awesome!
Ugo / November 16, 2010 at 11:04 am
I want to go to there !!!
Evelyne Uniat / November 21, 2010 at 08:44 am
What is the address of the cupcake festival on Saint Laurent
Montreal QC. I want to go there today Sunday November 21, 2010
Please give it to me soon ths morning. I want to buy cupcakes.

Angela / November 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm
I went there, very impressed...had amazing cupcakes and great coffee but it was Nespresso coffee! Designed machines which works with capsules, easy and great tasting.
Amie / November 28, 2010 at 12:08 am
Nespresso was there too, and Neve. The smells were intoxicating. I was high off coffee before I even got to the front of the coffee line. One of the rare opportunities you'll see all these coffee juggernauts side by side. Coffee Camp MTL 2010???

2011 maybe?
I needed to thank you for this very good read!!
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