Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats Reigns Supreme on “Cupcake Wars”

By Punch Palate Correspondent Megan McGrath

Those of you who follow my blog Imperfectly Delicious know that I love to cook and bake.  You may also know that I have a massive sweet tooth, thus dessert is always the first thing on my mind.  In addition to loving dessert, I love butter.  Like in a Paula Dean kind of way. Despite that fact, I’ve never been against Vegan baked-goods.  I think Vegan bakers represent some of the more creative culinary minds in the field.  They work without ingredients that most people find essential to baking.  It would be as if someone asked me to blog without using my computer!  You have to be wildly passionate and inventive to produce the quality of baked goods from the likes of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats.  I’ve sampled the baked goods from Sticky Fingers before (they’ve been around since 1999), and always found them to be great!  And when I say great, I don’t mean great for Vegan cupcakes, I mean great as in better-than-most bake shops in DC.

Sticky Fingers Menu & Card

Sticky Fingers Menu & Card

Sticky Fingers isn’t just a DC institution, they’re famous!  They competed not once, not twice, but now three times on the Food Network show “Cupcake Wars”.  Their record was one and one up to their third battle last night.  I had the pleasure of attending the Sticky Fingers’ screening of their third All-Star battle on “Cupcake Wars“, and let me just say these women know how to fight!  Attendees were encouraged to heckle during the show as they drank and sampled cupcakes from the show.  The dynamic duo competing for Sticky Fingers included owner and founder Doron Petersan (pictured right) and head baker Jenny Webb (pictured left).

Jenny Webb and Doron Petersan

Jenny Webb and Doron Petersan

The show “Cupcake Wars” starts with four teams of competitors.  There are three rounds in each competition, and the judges vote off one team per round leaving only the glorious winners at the end.  There is also a theme to each competition, as bakers are competing to showcase their cupcakes at a special event after the show.  Last night’s theme was tailor-made for the rock n’ roll attitude of Sticky Fingers, as they competed to cater the American Music Awards’ (AMA) after party.

In the first round of the competition, teams were asked to create a signature cupcake based on a table of ingredients named in song titles.  Sticky Fingers aptly chose to select brown sugar off of the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album…and so did two other teams.  Our leading ladies’ cupcakes were a combination of a brown sugar cupcake filled with coconut cream, and rum frosting topped with brown sugar brittle.  The judges complimented them on their cake and also for highlighting the main ingredient.  Whew-one round down!

The second round asked the returning three teams to create three cupcakes worthy of an AMA stage.  Jenny and Doron decided to create cupcakes inspired by artists they thought deserved AMA awards.  They devised a Salt-N-Peppa cupcake (pictured below) made of a chocolate bourbon smoked pepper cupcake, salted caramel and vanilla bean frosting topped with adorable fondant candy headphones.

Salt-n-Peppa Cupcake

Salt-n-Peppa Cupcake

Johnny "Cash"ew Cupcake

Johnny "Cash"ew Cupcake

Their second cupcake for the round was inspired by the man in black, Johnny Cash.  Their Johnny Cashew cupcake (pictured below) was a black cocoa cupcake, with black cocoa dark chocolate frosting topped with dark chocolate cashew candy.  Their third and final cupcake of the round was created in honor of Chuck Berry.  They created an orange cupcake with blueberry cinnamon filling, and raspberry frosting topped with a sparkly red fondant guitar.  The judges praised their creativity and clever decorations.

The third and final round of “Cupcake Wars” asked the final two teams to create a cupcake display worthy of the AMA awards after party featuring their cupcakes from earlier rounds.  Tall order right?!  How about the fact that they only had two hours to make everything from start to finish.  Doron and Jenny came up with a design for three displays in the shape of a music note to feature their sweet creations.  The whole competition was stressful to watch, and I felt like I might be developing an ulcer as the Sticky Fingers team rushed to complete a tremendous amount of work in such a short time.

And the winner is?!  Sticky Fingers!  The sweet taste of victory for the three-time competitors.  The whole bar erupted into cheers and watched as Jenny and Doron partied like rock stars at the after party.  After the show, Doron got up to thank the crowd for their spirited support, and to say that Sticky Fingers will feature their four winning cupcake varieties at the Columbia Heights bakery through February 1.  Cupcake kits and other merchandise (buttons, shirts etc.) is available to ship to all 50 states through online orders at http://stickyfingersbakery.com/shop/.  In addition, Doron will release her first cook book on February 16, 2012.  Check out the website to pre-order a copy.

The Sweet Aftermath

The Sweet Aftermath

 

Stop by Sticky Fingers at 1370 Park Rd, NW in Columbia Heights.  Their hours are Monday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Friday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Check out their website at http://stickyfingersbakery.com/.

**Punch Palate Correspondent Megan McGrath is a serious foodie turned avid food blogger.  Megan believes that food is fun, and is always looking for the next big thing on the DC food scene!  She is a Legal Recruitment Manager for a law firm in Washington DC, and handles all levels of attorney hiring for the DC, Denver and New York Offices.  Megan lives in Arlington, and can often be found experimenting in her kitchen for her blog http://imperfectlydelicious.wordpress.com.  Follow her on Twitter @imprfctlydelish **

About Megan McGrath:
Punch Palate Correspondent Megan McGrath is a serious foodie turned avid food blogger. Megan believes that food is fun, and is always looking for the next big thing on the DC food scene! She is the Assistant Director of Employer Outreach at a local law school in Washington DC, and works with all different types of legal employers and law students. Megan lives in Arlington, and can often be found experimenting in her kitchen for her blog http://imperfectlydelicious.com. Follow her on Twitter @imprfctlydelish.
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