(Yes, I wrote the sign myself - teacher handwriting FTW! Teacher preparedness FTW, too - that was my emergency backup sign, the first one having gotten a cupcake upended on top of it...)
I represented with my apple spice cupcake, topped with gravenstein apple cider cream cheese frosting and a drizzle of fresh caramel sauce. I had a minor frosting fail where I didn't count on the thickness of the cream cheese plus the small size of the tips I was using on the piping bag - I'm used to full size cupcakes, with much bigger tip diameters! But although the presentation suffered slightly, they were still pretty damn tasty if I do say so myself. Unfortunately, once again the final glory was not to be mine. Curses!
But it was altogether worth it for the most excellent company. I was right next to something called the Fromage a Trois cupcake, which contained not only three kinds of cheese but also bacon. (The full list of winners can be found here.)
(Okay, so it was really more of a muffin than a cupcake, but the savory-ness was REALLY nice nevertheless!)
One of the things I love about both the SF Food Wars so far is that the competitors are so nice. It doesn't feel like a competition where people are ruthlessly trying to win, but rather a fun neighborhood event where we can get together and geek out about food. (For a good cause, too - although they sell tickets to the event, all the proceeds benefit the San Francisco Food Bank.)
There was a huge variety in play, from vegan cupcakes to PB&J to churro-topped cupcakes to cinnamon horchata to pear and brie... the list goes on. Here's the plate that a volunteer was putting together for the event organizer, Jeannie.
They also announced the next contest, to be held in early December: "Holiday Fixin's!" Given how busy Thanksgiving/Christmas is for us, I think I might sit this one out as a competitor and just come to eat. On the other hand, the lure of smoking a couple turkeys and making gravy is pretty strong...