Our local team is rounded out by expert tasters Jason Gager, professional adult, and Brodie Gager, toddler-at-large.
The Quiz, Revealed:
1. What are your favorite ingredients to use?
Marty: I like using nuts, cinnamon, apples and chocolate. These are versatile, popular flavors that appeal to the vast majority of tasters.
Jen: I like things that smoke, fizz, or sound weird, making the perfect cupcake a dry ice-Seven-Up-glockenspiel cupcake, I guess.
2. Celebrity chef you'd like to work with:
Marty: Paula Deen--she has very practical dishes that use common ingredients that I can pronounce!
Jen says: Oooh, man. I have a nerd crush on Wylie Dufresne. I admire his experimental nature that doesn't sacrifice taste at the altar of innovation.
3. Cupcake you are best known for:
Marty: Probably my cream-filled chocolate cupcake, but I have a new idea for Cupcake Camp . . .
Jen: Best known for my paleo-friendly almond meal breakfast cupcake, which is a hit for low-carbers.
4. What was the first thing you've ever baked?
Marty: Oatmeal drop cookies...I grew up in a large family and Mom had a production line of brown bag lunches every morning. They always included cookies for dessert, so we always needed a good supply on hand!
Jen: I'm guessing it was lightbulb-influenced cuisine on Christmas Day. I can definitely recall inflicting Easy-Bake "experiments" on my poor sister and parents. I got better, though...and graduated to an actual oven in 2010.
5. What do you look forward to at Cupcake Camp Charleston this year?
Marty: I'm most interested in learning how CCC works behind the scenes since we are hosting one in Akron on 5/4/13. What better way than to become a participant?
Jen: I attended the first and second years as an eater, so this year I'm really excited to participate as a baker. I also have to admit that I've never been around to see the judging portion, so I'd like to check that out if I can. How do they do it? So -- many -- cupcakes!
Baker Marty in front of her workplace!
Baker Jen and Tasting Team Jason and Brodie
Tasting Expert Brodie in Action