As a countdown to the upcoming New Times Cupcake Battle at the 2011 Las Olas Wine & Food Festival April 29, Clean Plate Charlie interviewed owners of the participating bakeries.
First we spoke to Simon Bai owner of Allegria Frozen Yogurt & Cupcakes who plans to win the judges and crowd over with simple cupcakes that "pack a powerful flavor punch." Allegria means happiness in Italian, and the bakery promises its cupcakes will bring just that.
Clean Plate Charlie: Tell us about your bakery, how did it get started?
Simon Bai of Allegria Frozen Yogurt & Cupcakes: At Allegria, you will discover both healthy frozen yogurt and delicious cupcakes. We promise each frozen yogurt experience will differ from the last as we encourage creative pairing with our unique Froyo flavors and delicious toppings. The limitless combinations are up to you and your imagination. Our signature cupcakes are baked daily with the finest ingredients and meticulously crafted by hand. Each one of our cupcakes are moist and rich, topped with dreamy dollops of every imaginable icing. You can choose from an assortment of over 30 rotating flavors of cupcakes. We are focused on providing top notch gourmet cupcakes! We promise you "Happiness in Every Cup!"TM
What is your signature cupcake or customer favorite?
The customer favorite is the Red Velvet cupcake. It's a very moist and rich red velvet cake with a well balanced cream cheese frosting; simple yet perfect!
Will the signature cupcake be used for the cupcake battle?
The Red Velvet cupcake will be used for the sampling, however, our cupcake chefs are coming up with an equally simple but delicious cupcake for the battle.
What's your game plan for the cupcake battle?
Our goal at Allegria is to strive for moist, well balanced, and delicious cupcakes that aren't too fancy. Our cupcakes will bring the simplicity of cupcake but pack a powerful flavor punch!
Why do you think Allegria Frozen yogurt & Cupcakes will win?
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