- Whipped Cupcakes will sell their sweet treats at the K104.7 Cupcake Festival. Flavors pictured: Chubby Hubby, Maple Bacon, Chocoholic, Cookie Dough, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Mocha.
We hope you’re craving confection because there are some busy bakers in the Hudson Valley this month. With a huge cupcake festival and a pop-up cupcake sale in one weekend—plus another festival just around the corner—those cravings are about to be more than satisfied. Here are three events made for indulging in seriously delicious cupcakes.
Saturday, May 5, 1 to 5pm | Beacon
Cupcakes will flow down Main Street in Beacon—from Route 52 to East Main Street—for the K104.7 Cupcake Festival. The popular radio station estimates that over 20,000 cupcakes will be sold by dozens of local Hudson Valley bakeries during this free event. That’s a lot of cupcakes! But only one perfect pastry will be crowned “Best Cupcake in the Hudson Valley” in the festival’s annual Cupcake Wars. Anyone can enter the competition on the K104.7 website and be qualified to win by bringing a dozen cupcakes for judging and following the official rules on the entry form. The winner gets $1,000 and bakers’ bragging rights! Cupcake Wars begins at 3pm.
The 2013 Cupcake Wars winner, Forget Me Not Cupcakes, will return to the festival with innovative flavors like Strawberry Margarita, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Lemon Raspberry. You can also pick up Lovin from the Oven’s chocolate stout and “make-your-own” cupcakes, Whipped Cupcakes’ deep-fried cupcake, and The Cakery Fishkill’s Nutella Explosion cupcake. And that’s just the tip of the icing.
Admission is free. Visit K104.7’s event page for more information.
Sunday, May 6, 12 to 4pm | New Paltz
- Moxie's Campfire Song (S'mores) cupcakes
If you’re a cupcake junkie but you don’t enjoy the festival scene, here’s a lax event for your enjoyment. Get your monthly fill of Moxie cupcakes, plus some wine to wash ‘em down at this one-day pop-up shop. Though the popular bakery Moxie Cup closed its doors in New Paltz last year, the cupcake gurus continue to sell their decadent creations about once a month. The shop typically “pops up” at owner Josie Grant-Eriole’s new cafe on Kingston’s West Strand, Redstart Coffee, or at various locations in New Paltz. This month their prized cupcakes will make a guest appearance at Robibero Winery in New Paltz, where you can pair them with local vintages. Choose from 10 different flavors, including S’mores, Tequila Lime, and Salted Caramel. Vegan and gluten-free flavors are also available.
Place a prepaid order to pick up at the winery or walk in the day-of. Visit Moxie’s Facebook event page for more information.
Saturday, May 19, 12 to 5pm | Gardiner
- Cake Height's Bourbon Caramel Pecan cupcakes
We’re not done yet. Later in the month, Gardiner will be hosting its renowned cupcake extravaganza. Festivities kick off with the 5K Cupcake Classic Run at 11am, so you can ditch some calories in preparation for the cupcake festival that follows at Wright’s Farm in Gardiner. There will be food vendors, craft vendors, live music, and, of course, cupcakes. Bakers include Cake Heights, Kupcake Kouture, and Mid-Hudson Cakes. Plus, kids can enjoy activities like cupcake decorating, a petting zoo, wagon rides through the apple orchard, and bouncy houses.
Admission is $5 and kids 6 and under are free. For more information, visit the Gardiner Cupcake Festival website.