Cupcake/Pie Auction

Every year our Church hosts a pie auction/spaghetti lunch to help raise money for youth group mission trips and camp. It’s something my parents contribute to almost every year, so since the baking gene was passed down to me, Bethany and I decided to contribute this year. We went all out and decided to donate a mixed dozen of our jumbo cupcakes to see what they sell for in the hands of an auctioneer. There were a handful of people in the audience who had sampled our cupcakes in the past, so we expected a handful of bids. My goal was to at least raise more than we spent on the cupcakes.

When our cupcakes were up for bid, the auctioneer said “cupcakes by Eric and Bethany McDowell” but before he could even start to describe what kind of cupcakes were in the box, someone yelled out “$100!” which shocked me. The bids continued all the way to $275 when the auctioneer sold it. Not too bad! All that money goes to fund the youth missions/camp, so I couldn’t be happier. We’re definitely going to make this an annual event. Bethany and I have always agreed that if you have a special talent/gift, you have to give it back to the community somehow. When we do finally open a bakery, one of our first missions is to adopt a charity to support. We’re strong believers in contributing back to society, and this pie auction is a wonderful first step for us.

Now, I know you want to see what we auctioned off 🙂

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake  Vanilla Caramel Cupcake  Cherry Pie Cupcake

The mixed dozen included…

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes – chocolate cake with a smooth peanut butter filling, topped with our Reese’s Peanut Butter cream cheese frosting, and garnished with peanut butter cup “wedge.”

Vanilla Caramel Cupcakes – Vanilla cake topped with our salted caramel buttercream, garnished with bits of chewy caramel.

Cherry Pie Cupcakes – Almond cake filled with our incredible (family recipe) cherry pie filling, topped with a flaky handmade lattice crust, and garnished with our fresh whipped cream (not shown).

Put them all together and you get this:
Mixed Dozen Jumbo Cupcakes
Beautiful! And as you can tell, our decorating skills are on an upward swing 😉

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