It was no surprise, then, that I jumped at the chance to attend Pastry Chicago's haunted cupcake decorating competition this Saturday. Pastry
Chicago is a really neat organization that hosts competitions and other fun events to promote the Pastry Arts. I figured that I'd visit with any of the Kendall College students attending and get a few decorating ideas while I was at it.
The event was held at Zagone Studios, a halloween mask factory on Chicago's North side. It happens to be the only factory of its kind in the United States. We were literally the production room that contained some of the creepiest masks I've seen in my life. It was really incredible! From the molds stacked against the wall to piles and piles of masks in varying stages of completion to airbrushed pieces on drying stands, it was certainly the perfect setting for this Halloween-themed affair.
Once I got over the initial shock and awe at our surroundings, I really enjoyed checking out each of the entries. There were some amazing cupcakes- from a fun and simple fondant ghost to an elaborate "haunted hill." I took pictures of my favorites (check them out here) and I left with some great ideas, as well as one of the haunted hill cupcakes that was generously offered to me as I was headed out the door. Celebrating Halloween (and a Kendall College victory!!) is certainly not a bad way to spend a Saturday!