Thursday, March 8, 2018

Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley's Sweet Charity 2018

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity is a dessert competition event held to benefit Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley. This nonprofit is near and dear to my heart, as it works to help seniors in the area with everything from grocery store trips to appointments and regular phone calls to home chores. I'm also fortunate to sit on their board.

Sweet Charity, which is one of the organization's signature events, brought together 9 local businesses that served their best desserts to compete.

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Edgewood Summit
This retirement home brought their A game with an Alice in Wonderland theme. They served up a bread pudding topped with white chocolate and nuts. Nice mix of sweet and salty!

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Melissa's Sweet Creations
This simple display combined cupcakes with a rice pudding in a chocolate cup plated on a beautiful blue serving tray.

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Sugar Pie Bakery
Sugar Pie Bakery went all in on a unicorn theme with macarons, tie-dye star cookies, cupcakes with unicorn horns, etc. We were served a giant cream-filled unicorn horn with edible glitter.

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Cakewalk Designs
Cannolis galore! These napoleon cannolis combine the delicious flavor of the classic cannoli with thin deep-fried disks stacked separating layers of ricotta.

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Mrs. Groovy's Kitchen
Pineapple upside down rum cake that was super moist, with actual chunks of pineapple.

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Mardi Gras Casino and Resort
Butterfly chocolate raspberry kisses that were the cutest little things and a bite-size of goodness.

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Rock City Cake Company
This place knocked my socks off. We were literally served a three-tier cake (each!) made up of layers of delicious cupcake flavors topped with an Oreo skull. The top tier was a 2" Raspberry Italian Wedding Cake (our classic white almond wedding cake with a vanilla bean mousse and raspberry puree filling iced in a simple vanilla almond buttercream), the middle 4" is Dirty Diana (a classic red velvet cake, filled with a cookies & cream cheese icing and crushed oreos, iced in more delicious oreo cream cheese), and the bottom tier was a 6" Chocolate Peanut Butter Reese Cup (a fudgy chocolate cake, with a center of peanut butter buttercream & crushed Reese cups/chocolate syrup and iced in peanut butter icing).

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Delights by Davis
Did you know brownies can be a bunch of different flavors? Delights by Davis did a pina colada brownie.

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Sugar Momma Sweets 
Sugar Momma Sweets always does something super creative; these grill-themed cookies were so cute. And, served in a basket and liner - and a ketchup for dipping!

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Best Presentation: Rock City Cake Company
Best Creativity: Sugar Momma Sweets
Best Taste: Edgewood Summit

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Plus, there was a nice little pepperoni roll package, which included my book, some stuffed pepes, a pepperoni roll shirt, pepperoni rolls from Swiftwater Cafe, and a pepperoni roll pin.