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La Creme de la L.A. Cupcake Challenge: DrinkEatPlay announces Cupcake Challenge Winners

Last Sunday, 22 bakeries turned up at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel for DrinkEatPlay's 3rd annual Nesquick Cupcake Challenge, packing boxes filled with frosted A-game for a chance at The Challenge's top honors: the titles of L.A.'s Best Traditional Cupcake, Best Original Cupcake, and Best Cupcake Overall, as decided by the people, the ticket-holding masses, who had also come packing--their Tupperware.

Because as difficult as it must be to prepare 650 miniature cupcakes (the one per judge minimum), each one so perfect in taste and style that it stands out from 39 other cupcake competitors, the task of consuming, and judging, or even discerning between 40 cupcakes (or 10) of said quality is an epic challenge in and of itself. Thus, while the official winners of this year's LA Cupcake Challenge, which were announced last night, will be showered in titles and esteem, we'd also like to recognize those unsung competitors who went above and beyond, tenaciously tasting all 40 cupcakes and proudly then lining their canvas bags with more. To you who seize the day, and the cupcake, and then another cupcake: to you, we say, Well done.

See the official winners and more cupcake photos after the jump.

La Creme de la L.A. Cupcake Challenge: DrinkEatPlay announces Cupcake Challenge Winners
E. Courtland

Best Traditional

1st Place: Big Man Bakes "Red Velvet"

2nd Place: Blue Cupcake "Sweet and Salty Vanilla"

3rd Place: Southern Girl Desserts "Red Velvet"

Best Original

1st Place: My Delight Cupcaker "Breakfast Cake"

2nd Place: Jus Minis "Caramel Banana"

3rd Place: Two Parts Sugar "Chocolate Covered Strawberry"

Best Overall

1st Place: Jus Minis "Caramel Banana"

2nd Place: My Delight Cupcaker "Breakfast Cake"

3rd Place: Two Parts Sugar "Chocolate Covered Strawberry"

La Creme de la L.A. Cupcake Challenge: DrinkEatPlay announces Cupcake Challenge Winners
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La Creme de la L.A. Cupcake Challenge: DrinkEatPlay announces Cupcake Challenge Winners
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La Creme de la L.A. Cupcake Challenge: DrinkEatPlay announces Cupcake Challenge Winners
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