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After filling up on plenty of barbecue at BubbleQ, my evening continued at the Festival’s elaborate 10th anniversary celebration—Let Them Eat Cake sponsored by Moët Hennessy USA. The architectural marvel known as 1111 Lincoln Road, a beautiful open-air parking garage/event space, provided a sexy backdrop for what would be the hottest party of the weekend.
There was never a dull moment during this spectacular all-desserts affair, hosted by culinary legends Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse. Awe-inspired guests watched live ice sculpture carvings, witnessed high-flying aerialists fill their flutes with bubbly and rubbed elbows with Wylie Dufresne, Alain Ducasse, Gail Simmons, Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and a slew of other celebs and culinary personalities. Duff Goldman and the Ace of Cakes crew demoed proper fondant techniques, Danny Meyer handed out milkshakes from Shake Shack, and the dynamic hosting duo presented founder Lee Schrager with a touching video tribute—it was quite an entertaining evening to say the least.
Autumn has officially fallen on the Big Apple and to celebrate the harvest season, I enjoy filling up my kitchen with the warm, comforting smells of fall-inspired treats. For my Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes, I zest up creamy pumpkin with a blend of savory spices, mix in chopped walnuts for added texture and top each little cake with a dollop of my Cream Cheese icing (recipe below) before decorating. I hope these pumpkin-y goodies become one of your new fall favorites. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (makes 24 cupcakes)