Does not meet the standard
Meets little or minimal criteria.
Meets some criteria, is passable.
Meets most criteria.
Meets or exceeds all criteria. An excellent example.
Attractive in appearance, neatly presented, has mass appeal.
Cupcakes are uniform in size and appearance.
Design of cupcake/frosting is creative and visually appealing.
Cupcake has a distinct and pleasing flavor that would appeal to many.
Cupcake is tender with a dense moist crumb. Good feel in the mouth.
Frosting has a distinct and pleasing flavor that compliments the cake.
Frosting is smooth and creamy with smooth texture.
There is a balance of cupcake and frosting flavor and texture that is pleasing and flavors blend together well.