DC Scene: Sprinkles Congressional Cupcake Wars

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The smell of sugar filled Capitol Hill's Rayburn building last week, when the inaugural Sprinkles Congressional Cupcake Wars had seven teams of Hill staffers duking it out over blind-folded frosting and competitive cake decorating.

While elsewhere on the Hill lawmakers deliberated over the debt ceiling, I had the oh-so-difficult task of judging the competition alongside Candace Nelson, Sprinkles founder and judge on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars," and Politico's Patrick Gavin. Metrocurean pals and co-hosts of 1500AM's Foodie and the Beast David and Nycci Nellis played emcees for the frosting-filled afternoon.

A duo from Rep. Tim Johnson's (R-Ill.) office, Anna Vetter and Alicia McAfee, took the trophy with flavorful apple cupcakes topped with homemade fondant.

During the event, Sprinkles, which opened its first DC store this spring in Georgetown, donated $10,000 to Fisher House, an organization that provides housing for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. The LA-based bakery has donated about $2.5 million in cash and cupcakes since opening the first store in 2005.

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