Story and Photos by Kelli Fuqua Hart, Ocala Magazine Executive Editor
For the second year in a row, my daughter Lillian and I made our way to Ocala’s annual Cupcake Wars event, held this year at the beautiful Jumbolair ballroom.
I’ve been to several events at this venue but never have I seen it so colorful and buzzing with such sweet enthusiasm. From ceiling to floor, bakers and cupcake makers fully decked out their vendor tables with themes ranging from lemonade stands to Candyland!
For just $6, guest could buy a tastecard that allowed them to sample 6 treats and then vote on who they thought outdid the rest. Six bites just wasn’t enough for us, so we not only sampled over a dozen mini-masterpieces, but took home a box of goodies to share with family.
So, who came home with BIG wins? I’d say anyone in attendance was a winner having tasted Ocala’s best and tastiest treats. Here’s a list of prizes and Ocala Magazine congratulates each one!
Best Decoration: Tricia Moore
Best Theme: Emily Capps
Best Taste: Sharon Gilbert
Best All-Around: Lois Polynice
Best Decoration: Megan Foster, representing Dove Chocolate Discoveries
Best Theme: Pennie McLean, representing Salem Homes of Florida
Best Taste: Jenny Nestved, representing Victory Academy
Best All-Around: Misty & Patricia Perry, representing Gifts, Speech, Language & Reading Specialists
Best Decoration: Christy Cruz of Party in a Box
Best Theme: Elizabeth Schor of Littlebits Cake Pops
Best Taste: Amy CLark of Creative Confections
Best All-Around: Amy Clark of Creative Confections
The coveted People’s Choice Prize may be the highest compliment of all, being voted on by guests who are able to take a taste and cast their vote. The 2015 People’s Choice Award went to the following:
Amateur: Tricia Moore
Business Sponsored: Megan Foster, representing Dove Chocolate Discoveries
Professional: Christy Cruz of Party in a Box
With over 15 area sponsors, a cake walk presented by Smallcakes A Cupcakery and a delicious coffee bar hosted by Chelsea Coffee, I’d say this event was the best yet!
Ocala Magazine congratulates everyone involved and loves seeing family-oriented events like this in our community! Well done everyone. The cavities are totally worth it!