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Eat cupcakes by the (two) dozen at this sweet Wichita fundraiser

Novices, professionals and kids will compete to make the best cupcake at Saturday’s CityArts Cupcake Challenge.
Novices, professionals and kids will compete to make the best cupcake at Saturday’s CityArts Cupcake Challenge. The Wichita Eagle

If your Saturday plans include a self-induced sugar coma, you’d better act fast.

The second annual CityArts Cupcake Challenge — a bake-off that allows attendees to sample the goods — is not quite sold out but likely will be soon. A limited number of the $10 tickets are still available at CityArts, 334 N. Mead.

Last year’s event was a big success, said Sean Jones, and attendees sampled cupcakes until they were in walking sugar comas. This year, 25 cupcake artists will compete in three different categories: novice, professional and kids. Among the cupcakes that Jones already knows will be arriving: a creamy vanilla latte cupcake, an apple butter cupcake and a pistachio olive oil cupcake.

Among the professional competitors on Saturday will be Ashley Hicks, owner of the local Sweetz N Treatz Bakery, who recently appeared on a Netflix baking show called “Sugar Rush.”

Attendees will vote to award a “best of show” cupcake, and a panel of judges will choose winners in the three categories.

The event was dreamed up last year when CityArts was looking for a new, engaging fundraiser to replace a live and silent auction it used to do. Cupcakes seemed like a sweet choice, Jones said.

All proceeds from the event will support youth programming and programming to underserved populations during the school year, he said.

To get a ticket, stop by CityArts or call 316-350-3245.

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