Battle of the Dishes

Cupcake War: A Special Holiday Edition Battle

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Bakery A (Urban Cookies at 4711 N. 7th St. in Phoenix, 602-451-4335) was homey and warm. Their creamy vanilla bean frosting was a holiday delight, but the bitter undertone of the beer turned my gingerbread dreams into nightmares. Bakery B (Sprinkles at 4501 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale, 480-970-4321) was a crowded nightmare to visit, but their fluffy un-carrot cake and memory-evoking egg nog frosting made me wish the holidays could last all year round.

The Winner: Sprinkles. I really wanted to hate the overblown national chain and vote for the local, organic, friendly mom-and-pop shop, but sometimes you've got to go with your gut. And your taste buds. But don't worry, Urban Cookies. I might pass on your ginger stout cupcakes, but I'll be back for the delicious cocomint cookie dough!         

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Wynter Holden
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