If I see another cupcake it will be too soon, well, only if I have to frost and decorate it—eating one is another matter entirely. This past Saturday, I had the amusing task of frosting and decorating one hundred Sprinkles cupcakes, but all in the name of charity—for the Sprinkles Cupcakes Big D’s “Big News” Cupcake Wars.

My chosen charity was Fashion Group International of Dallas, my goal to raise funds for Career Day, 2012. This annual event provides educational outreach programs to students seeking careers in the fashion and lifestyle industries and awards local talent with over $35,000 in scholarships funds.  Since Dallas lists such fashionable business as Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penny, and Fossil, to name only a few—it seems a worthy cause indeed to support local education.

Christopher Kane inspired cupcakes


 The Cupcake War Prize $5,000, but if you didn’t win, you still received $1,000—totally worth it!  The challenge—to decorate the cupcakes in the theme of your charity, hmmm, well, how was I going to do that!

Alice & Olivia inspired cupcakes

I was allowed one team member to support this frosty fashion challenge, so I asked fellow FGI Dallas Board Member Chuck Steelman, PR Manager at Neiman Marcus Willowbend—surely his nifty style knowledge would sparkle over these cupcakes.

I worked on my cupcake designs for two weeks, no, I am not kidding, one word—competitive. I planned in great detail the spring and summer 2012 fashion attack that these poor cupcakes were about to endure.

 Sprinkles Cupcake War

I chose runway styles that would interpret best into a cupcake—sheer organza, pleats, polka dot, geometric and floral prints, monochromatic and bold colors—bring it all on little cupcake! The presentation? I was left with no choice other than the most obvious, a cupcake runway show, wearing the best of spring summer trends. Perfect!


The outcome—Christopher Kane, Alice + Olivia, Ashish, Cynthia Rowley, Altuzarra, Blumarine, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Alberta Ferritti—strutted their chic cupcake styles down the runway.

So who was sitting front row on this mini-masterpiece? My fellow Cupcake War competitors, and Cupcake War winner Clarice Tinsley, with Amy Vanderoef, Roni Proter, Meredith Land, Brittany Cobb, along with the judges, Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson, Jackson, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Toni Rivard, in little mini-me edible rice faces. What a frosty delight!