Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Our 2011 Results!

Our winners!...And the prizes go to...

Lizzie Trostle for Most Original with her Harry Potter decorations.

Matthew Berry for Best Vegan and/or Gluten Free with his vegan oreo cake with a peanut butter icing, also known as Parent Trap.

Brittany Fletcher for Best Use of Seasonal Ingredient with her Mexican Thanksgiving (pumpkin spiced cake topped with spicy chocolate buttercream).

Lan Pham for Best Decorated with her cookie monster cupcakes.

Shana Moore for Best Tasting with her mini blueberry and bacon cupcakes.


Thank you to all of our volunteers for helping us set-up and clean up! You truly helped make the event successful. We also can't forget our wonderful photographer, Kelsey, who took a ton of pictures at the event. Many of them our featured on our Facebook page and Flickr group. She did a great job of capturing the small and up-close details of the cupcakes. It almost seems that you can grab the cupcakes from your computer screen.

Thanks again to the attendees, bakers, volunteers, sponsors/donators, judges, Bmore Papercuts and Blue Hill Tavern for making Charm City's first Cupcake Camp spectacular and most importantly, a memorable experience.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Our Wonderful Papercut Friend

A thank you to Annie from Baltimore Papercuts. She created this beautiful artwork for us in no time and personally dropped it off for us! I was thrilled to be able to meet the person who creates these incrediable papercuts. Charm City Cupcake Camp was surrounded by sweets and the sweetest people!

This is the one she made for Charm City Cupcake Camp. She is happy to make something special for you and it's made from paper (in case you didn't already catch on)! I couldn't believe it was paper until I saw what she designed for our Cupcake Camp. You can also see her design for us on her blog, BMORE PAPERCUTS and check out the other papercuts she has made in the past. You will be amazed!

We raffled off the papercut! One lucky winner!

Check out more pictures from Charm City Cupcake Camp on our flickr and feel free to add pictures of your own to the group!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Our Sweet Judges

Our fabulous judges (Alayne from Charm City Cookbook Club, Keara from the Ooh La La Cupcakery and Devin) for making there way through the nearly 40 cupcakes submitted for the cupcake competition. We would also like to thank Elizabeth from Charm City Cookbook Club for suggesting her friend Alyane as a judge as well as, Lan from Angry Asian Creations for suggesting Devin. I must say that it was quite the experience to eat nearly 40 cupcakes! Here are some of the cupcakes we ALL enjoyed and even wanted more of...

Our first round of tasting cupcakes. It was the sweetest job!

S'mores Cupcake.
This was one of my favorites because it had a graham cracker crust on the bottom!

We all loved this cupcake! It was the perfect combination of sweet and salty and tasted immediately like breakfast. I should have put two in my tray!

Round one: This is our first tray of cupcakes.

Thank you again to our judges for dedicating their Saturday afternoon to Charm City Cupcake Camp. I literally could not have done the judging without all of you!

Check out more pictures on our Facebook and Flickr.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A ThankYou to Our Local Sponsors

Charm City proved we know how to have a sweet and successful event. The first Charm City Cupcake Camp by Rachel Rappaport (event organizer) is so proud of the outcome; we had 70 people attend, 40 people enter the contest and plentiful cupcakes to share!

Charm City Cupcake Camp was lucky enough to have these fantastic sponsors support the event by donating cupcakes and prizes for our attendees. Our sponsors include: Whole Foods in Harbor East, Iced Gems Creations, Breathe Books and the Desert Cafe.

Cupcakes by Iced Gems
Two of the winners received gift certificates to the cupcake shop. I recommend the s'mores cupcake!

Follow Iced Gems truck on @icedgemsbaking to track them down and snack on their delicious cupcakes or stop in at chat with the founder Christine and her friendly bakers.

Thank you Whole Foods in Harbor East for supplying our attendees with these delicious and beautiful cupcakes. Their baker designed and tested cupcake recipes just for the event! It paid off because the entire tray of five dozen cupcakes was devoured before the event was over! They only items left on the tray were those tiny and sweet curls of white chocolate.

Whole Foods also donated compostable plates, napkins, utensils and water. The water was quite the palette cleanser! I know as a judge, I was able to enjoy and taste more cupcakes as the event went on! The attendees must of felt the same because there were not that many cupcakes left at the end! Whole Foods also donated beautiful and bright reusable bags! Perfect to hold your lunch and the prizes for our winners!

Cupcakes from Whole Foods (top and bottom)

Follow Whole Foods @wfmharboreast for their nutrition
facts, seasonal ingredients and recipes.

Breathe Books, located in Hampden, has everything you may desire from books, beautiful scented candles and peace sign bracelets. The store is welcoming and the people are extremely friendly, which is why Susan Weis-Bohlen supported our local event by donating books for prizes. Thank Breathe Books for giving our event that Baltimore touch.

Follow Breathe Books @breathebooks

The Desert Cafe located in Mount Washington

The Desert Cafe donated a gift certificate to their Mediterranean cuisine eatery where they offer gluten-free choices, BYOB and over 50 flavors of savory and sweet flavored hummus. One lucky cupcake winner has the choice between Maryland flavored hummus such as, old bay or something sweet like cinnamon raisin. I highly recommend the cinnamon raisin! The Desert Cafe is true to Baltimore and is seen at local markets. Cupcakes are never out of season and Desert Cafe has created their hummus to do the same.

Follow the Desert Cafe @TheDesertCafe

Charm City Cupcake Camp could not have turned out as fantastic as it did without these sponsors! Thank you to everyone!

Look for more Charm City Cupcake Camp pictures at Flickr.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thank You Blue Hill Tavern

We'd like to thank Blue Hill Tavern for making Charm City Cupcake Camp a huge success! The event would not have been possible without this fantastic venue located in Brewer's Hill. It was the perfect venue and Blue Hill Tavern couldn't have been more generous for donating their space. Blue Hill Tavern truly made all of the attendees cupcake dreams come to life. From Charm City Cupcake Camp, we sincerely appreciate all of your support and hard work from your staff.

Look for more pictures on our flickr!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Event!

Today is the big day cupcake lovers! Cupcake Camp is taking over Charm City (and hopefully without any rain). I am sure you have been up all night and morning prepping and baking your delicious cupcakes. In just a few hours all of your hard work will be paid off. Your reward is at the Blue Hill Tavern where over half of our attendees will display their cupcakes and prepare for the cupcake lovers to devour them.

Our volunteer Kelsey will be walking around the event taking pictures of cupcakes, the attendees and anything else you may want. She will be happy to snap a photo the main stars: you and your fabulous cupcakes!

Bakers while you walk around with your cupcakes, feel free to offer any baking advice or give away any little secrets to your baking success.

The event is going to be fantastic. I know we all have been waiting for a long time for this day and it's officially here!

Stop in, stay awhile and eat cupcakes!!

The address for Blue Hill Tavern: 938 S Conkling St Baltimore, MD 21224

Remember: Print out your tickets to enter the venue, please.