Hundreds sank their sweet tooth into candies and baked goods from local confectioners at the third annual Sugar Rush, presented by CityBeat. The event raises funds for the Cincinnati Ballet, and at only $10 a ticket guests could eat as many desserts as they could hold.

Two of my favorite sweeteries were on the ticket for tonight: Holtman's Donuts and Donna's Gourmet Cookies. From frosted sprinkle to red velvet cake, Holtman's delivered their exceptional, best-in-the-city donuts in yet another flavor I had yet to try. Donna's featured her signature chocolate chip cookie that are as sweet as Donna herself.

A third contender took me by surprise: SugarPlums Cupcakery. With a booth positioned right next to the front door, they stole my appetite and exceeded all expectations of the perfect cupcake. Creamy frosting, moist fluffy cake, and some even came with fillings in the center. I tried the Buckeye Cupcake, Apple Pie Cupcake, Red Velvet Cupcake, Cherry Cheesecake Cupcake, and Cotton Candy Cupcake. While the cherry cheesecake was bursting with fresh fruit, the cotton candy took the cake... er, cupcake. It was full of flavor, but not overly sweet. A perfect medley of baked good and childhood treats!

Red Velvet cupcakes arranged as a cake

Cotton Candy Cupcake

1215 Wine Bar served up dessert wines, both a red and white, while neighboring booth Camp Washington Chili handed out their famous cheese conies. Camp Washington cheese conies are my favorite out of all the chili parlors, and I was elated to come across their booth.

I lost count of how many samples I tasted throughout the evening, although I'm certain that numbed exceeded ten. Fortuantely, when our stomachs got full, vendors came prepared. Holtman's and SugarPlum handed out takeaway bags for our leftovers, or to put samples in that we wanted to taste, but just didn't have room for.


A delightful evening in a setting reminiscent of Candy Land and a Katy Perry music video,  Sugar Rush was a decadent time.