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The Make It Mini Winner

  • Denises Chocolate Curry Cupcakes with Lemongrass Frosting

By Ellie Krieger, contributing editor

April 7th, 2009

Congratulations to Denise Jones, aka legalcat, winner of the Make It Mini Challenge! Denise contributed several creative photos of treats she shrank down to pint size, including mini cinnamon rolls, tiny cannoli, and even BBQ salmon tacos. But it was her mini curry chocolate cupcakes with lemongrass frosting that most impressed us, for the innovative flavor combination and beautiful execution (though her adorable model didn't hurt either).

For her winning entry, Denise wins a prize package that includes a Fresh DVD set, a copy of my cookbook, The Food that You Crave, and a Kyocera ceramic knife, supplied by

There was plenty of creativity to go around in this contest. Some of the other standouts included: 

Spring Chicken Pot Pie   Mini Eggs Benedict
The gorgeously photographed spring chicken pot pie by Culinary Kizzy
  Smoked salmon mini eggs benedict by PeskyOne, topped with shaved asparagus
Strawberry Shortcake   Pulled Pork Flatbreads
PieLove's strawberry shortcakes with fromage blanc.   MonicaJacobson's tiny flatbreads topped with pulled pork, vegetables, and feta.
Mini Burgers   Blood Orange Panna Cotta
the simple-but-luxurious slider burgers from khgagnon, topped with cheddar, roasted garlic mayo, and spinach leaves   The blood orange panna cotta by amazinc (which, like our winner, also featured a mini-sized model)

Thanks to everyone who participated, and be sure to enter my next contest, Waste Not! Here, I'm challenging you to embrace your inner penny-pincher and create a dish out of those end pieces or trimmings that would otherwise end up in the trash. The creator of the best post will win a $200 gift card to

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Comments (5)

NJacobsons writes: Congratulations, Legalcat! We really thought your cannoli were
the most impressive of all the great things you made!

Posted: 10:29 pm on April 8th

JuliRoberts writes: Congrats Legalcat!! I'm making your mini cinnamon rolls this weekend! Posted: 11:13 am on April 8th

LisaWaddle writes: Congrats Denise! You did a great job and your creativity really made your entries stand out. Posted: 10:54 am on April 8th

YMGagnon writes: Curry-Chocolate does sound good. We may just have to try that! Posted: 10:25 pm on April 7th

Pielove writes: Congratulations Denise, you really scored 10 out of 10 for both creativity and execution! I am dreaming of the mini cinnamon rolls with rum raisins!

pie Posted: 9:45 pm on April 7th

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