When: Sat., Sept. 13, 1-4 p.m. 2014
Vegan baking is challenging, but, if properly executed, it offers a level of fluffy moistness you never knew existed. Every year, the art gallery and maker-space Rock Paper Scissors Collective (2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) sets out to find and reward that golden cupcake with its Vegan Cupcake Bakeoff. Recipes are submitted from across the land (of Oakland), and a large handful are chosen to compete. On the day of the event, the bakers show up in aprons with dozens of little, wacky-flavored cakes in hand. That’s where you come in. For $5-$10, tasters get to sample one of each cupcake, and vote for their favorite. (Last year’s winning flavor was tres leches.) Beyond that, Solidaritea will be serving up refreshing beverages, recipe zines will be for sale, and crafty activities and guest judges will be there to entertain. Most RPS events are quirky, but this is potentially the cutest — and definitely the most delicious. For vegans and aficionados of baked goods, it’s pretty much an ideal way to spend your afternoon.