Cupcakes must be made entirely in advance and be ready for judging upon your arrival. They must also be made by the person entering them in the Harrisburg Cupcake Cup. One entry per person. Failure to abide by these rules will result in immediate cupcake repossession, and you must stand by while we eat your cupcakes!
All cupcakes must be equal to those made in a standard (12-up) muffin pan with standard size cupcake papers (if papers are being used). That means 2 3/4″ round, 1 3/8″ bottom height. This provides a level playing field for all contestants.
Contestants must bring 12 identical cupcakes in order to enter the Harrisburg Cupcake Cup. Each judge gets one cupcake and the remainder go to the cupcake sampling table for general event attendees.
Cupcakes must be made completely from scratch and all elements of the cupcakes must be edible. No mixes, premade shortcuts or canned frosting allowed. Fondant, gum paste and marzipan may be used to create decorative items, but those items must be handmade by the contestant. For example, store-bought marzipan fruit or premade fondant flowers are NOT permitted. Small candy items that cannot be made from scratch, such as M&Ms and Reese’s peanut butter cups, are permitted.
NOTE: Please no cupcakes that contain alcohol. Cupcakes with savory elements will be accepted as long as no more than 25% of the cupcake is savory. (For example, a maple cupcake with maple frosting and bacon bits would be acceptable.)