Once again folks…Capital Cupcake Camp!

Content courtesy of foodieprints; graphics courtesy of Ian Capstick (Mediastyle)

What is it about cupcakes that make them so loved? Children tear into them gleefully, giggling incoherently thereafter. Adults are no better, many visibly embarrassed by how much they enjoy their cupcakes.

Whatever it is, cupcakes made 2009’s inaugural Capital CupcakeCamp a successful fundraising event. It saw more than 600 cupcake enthusiasts attending, almost 3400 cupcakes donated, and over $2000 raised for Ottawa-based non-profit organization Woman Alive/Femme Active Program. As organizer Ian Capstick of Mediastyle described it, Capital CupcakeCamp was a “massive sugar rush” (Flickr pool).

The massive sugar rush returns Sunday, September 26, 2010. This time, with a larger venue, more cupcakes, and more people.

For those of you who did not attend last year’s Capital CupcakeCamp, it is an opportunity for the community to come together and share their enthusiasm for cupcakes.

It is modeled after other “unconferences” like DemoCamp, ChangeCamp, and TeamCamp. Originating in San Francisco, CupcakeCamps have been held in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, New York City, Edmonton, Sydney, Ireland, UK, India, and New Zealand.

This year, proceeds will be shared between Woman Alive/Femme Active Program and the Youth Services Bureau.

Event-wise, bakers bring 24 cupcakes of any one flavour to Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue W.) at 11:30 am. There, they will be put on display for tasters who will arrive at 1:00 pm. Tasters will roam around the City Atrium and trade in tickets for cupcakes. Bakers will have the opportunity to address the crowd. Competitive bakers can enter cupcakes in a contest that will be judged by celebrity Ottawa judges.

For the contest, there is a PRO Category. If you make money from your food creations (cupcakes or otherwise), organizers ask you register as a PRO. PRO winners have the right to use the “2010 Winner” logo.

Contest Categories:

  • Most Amazingly Decorated
  • Best Filling in a Cupcake
  • Best Vegan
  • Tastiest Twist on a Traditional
  • Best Savoury Cupcake

PRO Contest Categories


  • Best Overall
  • Best Decorated
  • Most Original

This year’s judges:

The event will be hosted by China Doll of Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset Street W.).

Registration has already opened for bakers and tasters, via eventbrite.

Amateur baker tickets are $5/each and come with 4 complementary tasting tickets. PRO baker tickets are $20/each and also come with 4 complementary tasting tickets. Tasting tickets are $10.

Tasters will exchange their eventbrite ticket for 4 cupcake tickets, which entitles them to a minimum of 4 cupcakes. That is, with one caveat. Should you prefer not to gorge yourself with cupcakes in one sitting, bring a box or Tupperware that fits 4 cupcakes for takeaway.

Milk and coffee will be served. Milk was graciously donated by Cochrane’s Dairy and the Flour Shoppe (617 Bank Street). Coffee was graciously donated by Ten Thousand Villages.

It is already shaping up to be a great event. Hope to see you at Capital CupcakeCamp!


  • To register as a baker or a taster, click here for the eventbrite site.
  • For the media release, click here.
  • To get the latest on Capital CupcakeCamp follow @capitalcupcake on Twitter or join the Capital CupcakeCamp Facebook Group.


  1. mcgraham Said:

    Cupcake camp sounds so fun… I can’t wait! 🙂

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