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Cupcake Wars

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On Saturday, I took part in Cupcake Wars!  Well… not THE Cupcake Wars, but a fundraiser in my community for the Cougar Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the Army unit my husband is in.

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This fundraiser was a friendly competition where five local bakers set out to bake 5 dozen mini cupcakes, create a display and let the community decide who was best.  There were three prizes available, Best Overall, Most Delicious and Best Presentation.   About 100 people attended the two hour event where they bought tickets to taste the cupcakes and vote for their favorites in each category.  All proceeds from the event go into future Cougar Foundation events which directly benefit the soldiers and families of 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany.

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Of course, I don’t know how to do anything mini, so I knew my presentation and cupcakes were going to be GRAND!  With about a month before the event, I began planning my tablescape.  I knew I needed something to display my cupcakes on, so my husband helped me to build a giant cupcake tower!  I’ll have a full DIY instructional post on that project later this week!

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So with the cupcake tower taken care of, I needed to decide on more of the details of the tablescape.  Since the colors of 2/2 CR guideon (flag) are red and white and that’s who this fundraiser was for, I thought those would be the perfect colors to work with!  I contacted my friend Shannon at Sweets & Treats Boutique and she was immediately on board with sponsoring my table by providing all the paper products for my table by providing me with the red and white chevron liners and coordinating straws.

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The theme of my table was “Milk & Cookies” so each person I served received a cupcake in a chevron liner along with a cup of milk served with a chevron straw! Aren’t these straws and liners the BEST?

Make sure to visit Sweets & Treats Boutique to get your straws, liners and party supplies for your next event!

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If you’re wondering what that cuteness on top of the cupcake is, I have to be honest and say I can’t take credit for their genius.  I was inspired by other friend (I have so many talented friends, don’t I?) Christi of the baking blog, Love From the Oven and her new book Smart Cookie!  She features a rainbow bouquet of these pops in her book and I thought the red ones would be PERFECT to top my cupcakes! Balloons topping the cupcakes and balloons floating behind my cupcake tower tied the entire table together!

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Let’s talk cupcakes for a second.  You may be noticing a theme here… Oreos.  I love these cookies, I mean really, who doesn’t?  Every time I make these cupcakes they are always a crowd pleaser and I knew they’d be a hit with all the kids who came to the fundraiser!

I started with my favorite chocolate cupcake, baked an Oreo in the bottom of the liner then topped it with a whipped Oreo buttercream!  Perfectly moist, not too sweet and so creamy.  It’s the perfect cupcake for an Oreo lover!

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The other bakers competing at Cupcake Wars created some super delicious cupcakes… one of which you might even recognize!

Starting at the top of the above photo we’ve got Tia and her spiced cupcakes with orange buttercream.  You can see she went above and beyond with her Fall themed display!  So cute and her cupcakes were a perfect bite of Fall!  Loved the orange frosting on these cupcakes!

Next is Stacy who made Cherry Limeade Cupcakes.  Her little cuties are perfect versions of a full size cupcake!  I loved how high her frosting swirled.  Now, you may be thinking these look familiar…. well, it’s because I made these same cupcakes back in 2011!  Crazy huh?  🙂  I think Stacy did a great job with her version!

Iris brought a Hawaiian treat with coconut macadamia nut cupcakes.  She dressed up her table in a Hawaiian theme.  I wasn’t able to try hers because I’m allergic to nuts, but I heard they were pretty delish!

Finally, Natasha from Frosted Fantasies (she opted not to have her photo taken) made an apple cupcake with a soft, smooth frosting.  A tiny bite of deliciousness perfectly decorated with golden sugar pearls! 

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Now, this event wasn’t just a fundraiser… it was WAR!  Cupcake WAR!  And there were prizes to be won!  Best Presentation & Most Delicious were awarded gift baskets full of fun baking items such as aprons, cookbooks, cupcake liners and other supplies.  The Best Overall winner was given a brand new KitchenAid stand mixer!

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Since there was not a panel of judges for the competition, the winners were to be chosen by those who attended and purchased tickets to Cupcake Wars.   Votes had two options for tickets, buy a $10 tasting ticket which included 1 cupcake from all 5 bakers and 3 votes, 1 for each category or buy a $2 individual ticket for 1 cupcake and 1 vote for any category.  Whoever had the most votes in each category, would win!

This next part, I’ve been grappling with whether or not I should talk about.  I’m not typically one for drama and negativity, but I feel as though something needs to be said about the process in which the winners of this Cupcake Wars was chosen.  How things played out was unfair to all those who participated and to those who cast votes.

When at least a dozen people come up to you after the event and ask… “What just happened?”  I started to really question and think about everything and decided I really wanted to say something about it.

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Half way though the event, I was approached by the President and a Board Member (above) of the Cougar Foundation.  They informed me that they had decided they had decided that they no longer wanted one person to win every category but that they wanted three different winners.  Granted, this wasn’t my event to organize and they can do what they wanted, but I immediately thought that changing the rules half way though the event was quite strange and really unfair.

Both the bakers and the voters were given the set of rules and guidelines on how voting was to happen and how a winner would be chosen… all of that was now thrown out the window.

How exactly would they be choosing who would win what category if one person won all three categories?  How was this new process of choosing a winner fair?  This new way of choosing a winner also opened up the voting to be tampered with and the ballot boxes (or bowls in this case) to be stuffed.  I overheard several people talking about buying extra tickets just to make this happen. The entire process wasn’t fair and the winners of this contest reflected that.

I’m not saying that the winners didn’t deserve to win… I’m simply pointing out how unethical the entire thing turned out to be and how the results probably would have been a lot different if the Cougar Foundation would have stuck to their original plan.

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In the end, here’s who won…

Best Overall: Iris with the coconut macadamia nut cupcakes & and the Hawaiian display

Most Delicious: Shannon with the Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Best Presentation:  Betsy (ME!) with the Milk & Cookies Oreo Cupcakes

On the Cougar Foundations Facebook page, they listed the runners up for every category… and I was it.  *sigh*

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I am very thankful for being recognized for all the hard work I put into my display and presentation.  THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support me and vote for me. I am so incredibly proud of all the hard work that myself, my husband and my kids put into making it all happen.  I could not have done it without them!

I wish I had time to take a picture with everyone who came out to support me… so let this picture of me and Rachel of the Glitter & Bow blog serve as a symbol for my love and gracious thanks to all of you!! xoxoxoxo MUAH!

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A HUGE THANK YOU to Jacob of Spork Photos and his wife Chrissy of Chrissy.Photography for being my personal paparazzi team at Cupcake Wars!  Your pictures are amazing… THANK YOU!

And how cute are these kids enjoying my cupcakes during Cupcake Wars?! SO ADORBS!

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I had an incredible time planning to participate in Cupcake Wars… it was definitely a first for me!  I have never put together something so elaborate from start to finish.  I really truly am proud of it all.  From the cupcakes to the DIY tower to the colors I planned my family to wear, I had every detail planned and I had so much fun doing it!

So much fun… I’m actually considering hosting a Cupcake Wars myself before I leave Germany!  This time, I’ll have a panel of judges, hopefully to include a few owners of cupcake stores from Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin.  How fun would that be?

Again… thanks to Shannon at Sweets & Treats Boutique, Christi at Love From the Oven, Jacob & Chrissy from Spork Photos and finally… my family.  I couldn’t have done any of this without all of you!! xoxoxo

And because this post wasn’t packed full enough of awesome pictures… here are a few more of my favorites!

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48 comments

  1. cookingactress

    OMIGOSH you did such an amazing job!!! I’m crazy impressed–SO beautiful and sooo delicious.

    How silly about the rules though, I bet you would have swept all the categories if they hadn’t changed them *sigh* c’est la vie I suppose. Regardless, you did wonderful!

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Thank you for your love & support Kayle!! And you’re right… c’est la vie! 🙂

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      1. Olivia

        Not so dear as Betsy would have been eliminated for not submitting mini cupcakes. Actually, she should return her prize if she feels rules were not followed or adhered to. Just gotta be fair about it all!

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        1. Chrissy

          Olivia appears to be trolling trying to defend the unethical actions by using Betsy’s regular size cupcakes as a scapegoat. Classy.

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          1. Olivia

            Portion of Contest rules:
            2) Create and design a creative, family friendly and well crafted mini-cupcake display.
            – Your display will include at least 5 dozen mini cupcakes in one flavor. Quantities may vary
            based on online ticket pre sales.
            – Entry’s will be open to individual HBB’s or individual amateur bakers. No collaborative
            teams.
            – Contestants will be judged in 3 categories: the Best Presentation ( Prize valued at $50, Most
            Delicious (Prize valued at $50) and the Best Overall ( Prize valued at $150)
            – Submit this form and a $15 entrance fee to the Cougar Foundation by Wednesda

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            1. Betsie

              Olivia, apparently the rules were changed several times. Hard for a participant to keep adapting to rule changes — especially after investing resources, time and energy adhering to the original set of rules. It is quite disgusting that something that was suppose to support a GOOD thing has turned into juvenile drama. It is clear that Betsy put her heart into this and worked very hard. Personal attacks on her reveal more about you than anyone else. I agree with Chrissy — Classy.

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            2. Rachel

              Seriously Olivia? you think the stand and bowl mixer that went to the overall winner was only worth $150? You’re only proving the fact that the hosting foundation changed the rules midway through the contest.
              Also, there’s no ‘standard’ ‘mini cupcake’ liner size. You can get various ‘mini’ sizes. They needed to specify the exact dimensions if they wanted size continuity with all the contestants.

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        2. Rachel

          Olivia,

          The hosting foundation changed multiple rules during the competition… a specific ‘mini’ cupcake liner size was not addressed in the rules to begin with… so for Betsy to make the size cupcakes she did was no where outside the guidelines.

          The whole problem was with the hosting foundation. I’ve NEVER competed in, or heard of a professional competition, that changed the rules halfway through when they suspected one person was probably going to win.

          Trying to change the rules so ‘everyone gets a trophy’ is simply fostering the idea that no one is the best and that everyone is equal no matter how hard you work.
          It’s setting a terrible example for children and adults alike to foster mediocrity and be offended by those who work hard.

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  2. Christi @ Love From The Oven

    Oh Betsy, so many thoughts, but I’ll narrow it down. You look gorgeous (and I adore the family photo). Your cupcakes, and stand, and entire set up, look incredible. I am so flattered that you found inspiration in my balloon cookies – paired with actual balloons is perfect, I love it! What a beautiful job. I’m a bit bewildered by it all as well. You have handled it very graciously, and it was frustrating just to read it, so I can only imagine how it felt for you. But you did amazing, know that. Big hugs, you won it all to me! 🙂

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Thanks Christi! <3 Your support means the world to me!! xoxo

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      1. lynds

        I agree with Christi! Betz what a gorgeous table! Bet the cupcakes were delicious!

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  3. Mrs.W

    Beautiful! Your presentation was very over the top (meant in the absolute best way possible). Everything looked so delicious and well put together. And Oreo?? Oh yeah, you would have had my vote!!!

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  4. Barbara Bradford

    It seems the entire world changes the rules in the middle, but what a great table you and your husband put on. You should feel very accomplished, in presentation !! I am a firm believer in contracts, no matter how small the contest is. It simply sets the rules for both the organization and the participants, and includes public safety. Too many children have unknown allergies and it seems nut allergies are a prominent concern of schools here in the US.
    My favorite part was the faces of the children enjoying your cupcakes, it brought smiles here !!

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Great point Barbara! If I host my own cupcake competition… I’ll definitely have contracts and agreements. Thanks for the kind words! <3

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  5. Shannon - Sweets & Treats

    Amazing job Betsy! LOVE the display, the colors and scheme are spot on. Bummer about the way it went but I knew you would win something! You are amazing!!

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  6. Rachel Pfaff

    You did an amazing job. My girls were still talking about your cupcakes and your set-up today!

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Thanks Rachel!! <3 I'm glad your little ladies loved my cupcakes!!

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  7. Daniella

    UGH!!!! Sensitive wives drive me nuts. I love you Betsy and what they did was crazy! that is not cool it was cupcake wars! feelings will be hurt you knew what you sign up for. I was upset, but I am happy you are going to do your own Cupcake war! I am proud of your hard work and how amazing everything turned out!!!

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  8. Ewa | Das Cupcake, Frankfurt, Germany

    Great job Betsy! I was really waiting for the results of the competition and thought you did an excellent job writing the blog post about your experience. I think it was totally important to state the changes but you were strictly unemotional about it. I think your presentation was just gorgeous. I am totally impressed by all your hard work and it showed in every single detail! Excellent job!!!

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  9. Betsie

    Sounds like something that would take place in grade school where everyone wins so no one gets their feelers poked. I think you probably won every category and they realized that half way through and had not planned for it. It would have been a true war had there just been one winner.

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  10. Tressa Adams

    WOW! What a great experience and write up! I love the family picture! xoxo

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  11. Angie Broyles

    I have to say this judging seems wrong on so many levels. Why wouldn’t they have a panel of judges? That has to be the most fair, professional way. Otherwise, it’s like a big popularity contest, which is more like high school than adulthood Also, I feel really badly for the 2 bakers who were left out. If they wanted to “spread the wealth”, they should have had 5 categories, so everyone could be recognized. Just my 2 cents.

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  12. Chrissy

    Oh my friend–it sounds like they felt the need to shaft the person whose display and content went above and beyond anything they could have imagined. What they held was a fundraiser and ethically, what (the rules) they present to whom they are asking to get donated funds from should remain the same. So, not only did you get shafted but those who voted, participated, and spent their money on it as well. I could go on, but I think what I said speaks for itself. As for you–you are remarkable, amazing, and I only wish I could have been there to support you!!! I am virtually tasting your cuppies right now 🙂 Love you!!!!!!!!

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  13. Olivia

    Oh my Betsy! The contest was a challenge for all entrants and the rule change had nothing to do with final winners. The bottom line was the best tasting cupcake, the full size cupcakes entered by Betsy should have been eliminated from competing since they were to be “mini” size only. Betsy was allowed to compete anyway. Everyone worked hard in the contest while having loads of fun! Congratulations to all the contest winners! Let’s bring in the sunny and bright smiles everyone!

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    1. Betsy Eves

      If the size of my cupcakes were a real issue, then maybe I should have been told about that during the event. NOT ONE PERSON from the Cougar Foundation said anything to me about it, let alone tell me that I should have been eliminated. The only thing I heard from them or anyone in attendance representing the CF in regards to the size of my cupcakes was that everything I produced was AMAZING and that they were thankful for me participating. If the CF had issues, it was on them to relay that to me at the start of the event… not via someone on the internet after the fact. I had a great experience putting my display together, worked hard and loved every minute of it. And am truly thankful for the prize I won and congratulate all the winners and participants! Everyone did an amazing job and I felt so thankful to be a part of an event that raised money for a great cause!

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  14. Julie @ HostessAtHeart

    Oh my how unethical. I am sorry for those that entered according to their rules even though they felt that they could change them on a whim. I loved what you did Betsy as does all your other friends.

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  15. Amber Lee

    I was at the Cupcake Wars this weekend and saw your beautiful display!!! I was so impressed that I looked you up to see what other wonderful cupcakes you’ve come up with. I’m a bit of an amateur baker myself. I read the comments and now I feel bad. The thing with the size of the cupcakes may have been my fault and I wanted to apologize/clarify. It wasn’t a complaint, I asked a baker why only one table had a regular cupcake and all the rest had minis. I was just curious!

    That voting part could have been handled better. But this seemed more like a small community fundraiser rather than a professional sanctioned event. But I guess that’s what it was. A friendly, fun competition, raising money for a good cause. I doubt that there was anything unethical or sinister going on.
    I had a wonderful time. All the cupcakes were so good! I’m sorry to read about all the negativity and drama. It puts a damper on a really fun day. I know from experience that if you have a problem in these kind of situations it’s best to talk to people privately instead of posting it online! Keep up the great work!

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Hi Amber!
      First let me thank you for your honest feedback! I appreciate it! And you’re right about all the negativity putting a damper on all the fun that was a really great event! I just have one small comment I wanted to make about your reference to the size of the event… Regardless of what organization ran this event or what size community it was in, I would have taken it just as seriously… big or small. And I would hope that anyone entering in or running the contest would have done the same. I believe the Cougar Foundation to be a a professional organization and I try my hardest to treat everything I do publicly with respect and professionalism. Which is one of the reasons why I didn’t believe it was my place to voice my opinion during the event. Putting all of that aside though, I am so glad you came out to the event and had an amazing time! I feel truly blessed to have been able to put together my display and am so thankful to everyone who supported me through it all. More importantly… It warmed my heart to see how happy my cupcakes made so many other people.
      Again…. thanks for the feedback! I always appreciate many points of view!
      Have a great week!
      Betsy

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    2. Olivia

      TASTING & VOTING RULES
      To attend, taste cupcakes and cast your votes each person must purchase a Cupcake Tasting Pass or a
      Tasting Ticket
      A Cupcake Tasting Pass for $10 entitles you to taste one cupcake per contestant and the
      ability to vote once in each category. One pass per person. Passes will be sold in advance online
      and onsite. This is intended for those who want to eat more then 5 or more cupcakes.
      A Tasting Ticket for $2 each entitles you to one cupcake tasting and opportunity to cast a one
      vote in a category. To vote in each category you’d need to purchase at least 3 Tasting Tickets.
      Tasting Tickets will be sold in advance online and onsite. This is intended for those only want to taste
      a 4 or less
      You must purchase your entry to vote. Voting categories are Best Presentation, Best Tasting and the Best
      Overall. Cupcake Tasking Passes and Tasting Tickets are non-refundable. Online sales are encouraged in
      order to make sure contestants bake enough. Each guest is entitled to a max of one vote per category.

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      1. Rachel

        Olivia,
        Once again, by posting the original rules you’re proving the hosting foundation changed the game half-way through…
        For example I purchased my tickets online but had to show the receipt on my phone to get my ticket when I arrived at the event!
        They didn’t even have a sheet showing who had pre-ordered tickets.
        Plus, I saw the same individual purchase multiple tickets and take them to the ballot boxes (and the rules clearly state one vote, per category, per person). Whose to say they didn’t write the same contestants name on all 10 of them?
        It was a poorly planned event and an even more poorly monitored one after it started.
        All anyone is commenting about here is the principal of fair play when it comes to any and all contests.

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        1. Olivia

          Looks like the contest was a sordid boon for Betsy. She won a category. Great. The mixer prize was used I was told by the cougars. Everyone worked hard! Surely Betsy didn’t want the blog comments to turn into the sour grapes it has. This is not a political, most popular or best friend comment blog on a contest. Sorry how amateurs entering the contest have been downgraded for their hard efforts, work and ambition to try a cupcake war. Shame on the cake business bloggers, for their attitudes and comments! Enough said! A blog copy was sent to the sponsors.

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  16. Not Just A Mommy

    You are a winner in my eyes, darling…no bias here but I think yours were the clear winner. The balloon topper alone is winning 🙂 At least all the extra tickets bought for bowl (hee!) stuffing meant more money for the cause. And you just answered the age old question…size does matter!!

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Awwww Dawn! THANK YOU! xoxox

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  17. Sue {munchkin munchies}

    Betsy, I love everything about your cupcakes! They (and the whole display) look so cheerful and fun (I love Christi’s book too)! They really stand out and sound so yummy!
    I completely agree with you regarding the rules. It’s just wrong to change the rules in the middle of the event! Hopefully, next time it will be more organized.
    Along with baking fabulous looking cupcakes, congrats on handling the situation in such a gracious manner. 🙂

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  18. Olivia

    Ladies and Betsy: no need to slam honest opinions from myself who participated in many food contests thru out the years. There were great efforts by all entrants with their hard work and creativeness. Some tried harder than others, true! But it was a contest for a good reason and cause! All winners should be happy and remember the event as a personal challenge reached! Betsy, your display was fantastic but wish all kids had gotten a balloon from you! Be Happy Winners!

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    1. Betsie

      Olivia, jabs such as “But wish all kids had gotten a balloon from you!” is a back handed compliment and a passive aggressive behavior. Practice what you preach and stop “slamming” Betsy and those that do not agree with your opinion.

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      1. Betsie

        And please leave the children out of it. That is low and dirty. Really disgusting to have to stoop to that level.

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        1. Olivia

          I said the comment cause some kids left crying cause they wanted a balloon! My heart went out to them, next time more balloons are needed. I hate to see kids cry!
          Stated a fact. No insult meant but hope next time consideration to bring extra decorations will be.

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          1. Betsie

            It was “Cupcake Wars” not “Balloon Wars.” I am really dumb founded that a grown adult, a woman whom should be supporting other women instead of tearing her own kind down, would insist on pulling the children into her clear envious feelings of another. Disgusting! Clearly you are dead set in your agenda and no one can say anything to you to get you to knock it off. Ah well, can’t reason with a fool :-*

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            1. Betsy Eves

              Thanks for the support, Betsie. But I think at this point it’s a losing battle. Time to move on. xoxoxo

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  19. Polly

    ladies,
    Get over it, being insulting won’t get you anywhere “cool” just “hot”. An objective person has been posting facts and thoughts on the competition and self claimed pros bring her down with nonsense and insults. One thing I heard at the competition is Betsy’s arrogant attitude arrived at the cupcake war before she did! It came from someone in the audience. I knew it was going to be a cut throat event. I am sorry for the amateurs that entered the was but relieved 2 of them won prizes. Enough everyone! Be kind and thankful it was a fun event to show off talent and creativity…that is why I went to the war.

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Polly or Olivia – whoever you are (can’t fool anyone when you use the same email address to leave a comment)… I don’t know why you chose to be so hurtful and call me names, but I’d greatly appreciate it if you’d leave your negativity to yourself. Although your words have hurt me, they reflect more on you. Please, do not comment here anymore. Thank you.

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    2. Chrissy

      The “objective” person posting supposed “facts” is being an antagonist, “Polly”. You and any others who wish to be insulting need to learn the different between confidence and arrogance. “Arrogance” is often the label the intimidated give to confidence. Seems to fit here in this case.

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  20. Susan Merritt

    Because the tone of the comments have turned into name calling I can no longer sit idle.

    I hope to put an end to the negativity and return the focus back onto those who participated in Cupcake Wars and the event as the Blog was intended.

    I have worked with Java Cupcakes by Betsy on a professional level for a few years now. I am the former president of said Foundation and I am a life time member. I also attended and participated in the taste testing votes at Cup Cake Wars. I hope to break down for everyone a Fair outlook from all angles and squash the name calling!

    JAVA CUPCAKES By Betsy: Betsy is an extreme perfectionist and with her it is always go big or go home. She is extremely confident and her reputation does proceed her because of this fact. She is a professional chef and food blogger! She has had a recipe published by a name brand and her resume is extensive. Java Cupcake was the very first contestant who submitted her application, therefore she has been through the majority of the process and the changes that had been made leading up to the event. Also leading up to the event Betsy continually promoted the Foundation and the event. She also on many occasions promoted other contestants in a healthy competition. Betsy is a Professional Food Blogger with a large world wide following. Because of the fact she continuously blogged about the event leading up to Cupcake wars she is fully obligated to her followers to explain what happened and why she felt she needed to do so. If you re read the section “I’ve been grappling with whether or not I should talk about.” When you are a professional your reputation is always on the line. She was justified in doing so and in the circumstance I would have done the same thing. Betsy has been very gracious and has included the hard work of all the contestants on this blog that wanted to be included.

    Contestants: I do not know what the entry ended up being but I know many things had been adjusted through the duration. As a contestant an entry fee of some sort was made and then each of you were to collect your own supplies. Shipping costs, Supplies and Decorations add up when expecting to serve 100+ people. The Foundation was able to come up with more of an incentive by acquiring more choice prizes. The Main understanding is that the contest be fair.

    Paying voting patron: Each person who wanted to Taste & Vote had to pay a $10 entry fee (or less depending on what choice of voting method you took.) The categories we were to vote on at the event where different as to what was advertised on AFN. I personally took my votes seriously and made sure to be fair in my decision making. I knew more than one person who competed and I told all of them that I was voting for the ones I personally liked best. I did vote for Betsy in many of the categories but in honesty my favorite cupcake of the contest was the macadamia & coconut. It had all the qualities I was looking for that day. It was moist, unique and flavorful even being in a tiny muffin size it was worthy of being one of the top. Many people I sat with preferred the Java Cupcake. I don’t know about you but $10 is a lot of money in our house hold for 5 cupcakes( Of different sizes). I was given the impression that my vote would count. It also was possible to load the ballot box per say if you wanted to pay for more voting cards. Ultimately this event was a fundraiser. Knowing this even if the box was loaded I would have been fine with the outcome as long as the votes cast by those who PAID to vote were counted. At this point no one is to be sure as how many votes were cast for each person than those counting the votes. That is unfair to those who put money down to vote.

    As from the stand point of the former President and Long time member of said Foundation:. I completely understand how difficult it is to plan an event like this. (ALL OF IT!) I do know that many things will shift to accommodate the need of those running the event, those competing and those attending. The one thing that must always be a constant is integrity of being Right and JUST! A good reputation is easy to lose and hard to get back. As long as you are doing right by all those you are involving you will never falter. In this case I can say that a mistake was made on the part of the current leadership. In their defense they are brand new and this was the very first event they hosted since taking over. I do not believe they thought through all the outcomes that could have been. Had I been consulted I would have pointed out the need of Judges to counter balance the possibility of people paying for extra tickets to sway the votes or even one person winning more than one category.
    For example we had a event similar last year called Project Funway. The Public had the option to vote as many times for the outfit or outfits they liked the best. Each of those points counted as one vote. In addition we had a judges panel that had to take into account things like how well did they follow the current rules, Presentation, and craftsmanship. The judges votes counted for 10 points. It made it much more fair and every vote was counted.

    The leadership ultimately had the porogative to handle all the situational concerned. If they wished to disqualify anyone for any reason. It is also important to admit when you make a mistake. It is unfortunate and surely with this first event over with they can learn from it!

    The main goal of the event was to raise funds and that was accomplished. Betsy has maintained that the Cougar Foundation is a beneficial organization and despite the way this event was handled she still informed everyone of the what the foundation is about and included a link to promote it. She included everyone who participated in a positive light including photos of the winners & what they made.

    It is important for every Business and Nonprofit organization to learn from this the importance of Integrity and holding to your word .

    Partnerships and Trust with Non profits/HBB & the community is a necessity. It is valuable to treat others reputations as highly as you hold your own.

    Hopefully all vantage points have been represented and the name calling will stop. It really is unnecessary and if you truly read the article it is handled in a very professional manner. Let’s keep it Classy Ladies!

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    1. Betsy Eves

      Thanks for this, Suzen! 🙂

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