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.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's Friday...

And Charm City Cupcake Camp is tomorrow!...

And Fall begins today! What's a great way to start off a new season? With an abundance of cupcakes at the Blue Hill Tavern, of course. I know you're relieved to have RSVP'd yourself, friends and family members in advance because Charm City Cupcake Camp is sold out!
(Posted by your judge Alayne on her blog)

(The Ooh La La Cupcakery)

Purchase your last minute ingredients and add those final sprinkles to your cupcakes.

Please print your tickets and have them ready when you arrive at the door (thank you!). Everyone must have a ticket to enter the event.

See everyone on Saturday at 12!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Buy Your Tickets Today!

We are currently down to single digits cupcake lovers: 3 days until the cupcake event, 2 tickets are left to sign-up for and less than one day to steal those 2 tickets!!

Today is the last day to register for Charm City Cupcake Camp (and those tickets might have been sold just this second. So check out the website NOW!)

I am so excited that I am having trouble typing. I have been emailing with some of the attendees about bringing cupcakes and participating in the contest and everyone's enthusiasm is what will make this event amazing!

Get your sweet teeth comes Cupcake Camp

(Cupcakes from previous Cupcake Camps)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Only 2 more days!

Cupcakes are said to have taken over the birthday cake and now Charm City! Cupcakes will bring smiles to over 160 people this Saturday. Cupcakes are stars and they want to be shown off and eaten, of course! Your cupcake organizers have secured Charm City's stars to take the role of judging the cupcake contest.

Our judges include: Keara from The Ooh La La Cupcakery, your very own Angry Asian Creator Lan, her accomplice serving with dignity and honor, Devin and a fellow member of the Charm City Cookbook Club, Alayne. Don't be intimidated by their status or superb taste buds. They are attending for the same reason as you: to devour delicious cupcakes!

So bring your appetite cupcake lovers and your best looking cupcakes!

An Abundance of Cupcakes But Not Time

Baltimore has put on quite the bar crawls in the past; lots of people, drinks and food. Cupcake Camp mocks this idea but in a classy and more tasteful form. Literally! You get to taste your way around the venue without the crawling!

Convenience is a major part of our daily lives and what could be more convenient than drinks and plentiful of delicious cupcakes in one fantastic place. However, there are two things you must accomplish if you wish to take part in this event: register and print out your tickets to enter!! A writer from The Baltimore Sun emphasizes it best here: Cupcake camp: where the lanyards are made of frosting.

(Images from past Cupcake Camps. That could be your tray of cupcakes!)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fancy Trends

Girls and boys just want to have fun and Charm City Cupcake Camp is a fantastic event to have a good time. Just like cupcakes are in fashion with celebrities, so is volunteering for local events and businesses. We hear Madonna traveling to developing countries and the Barefoot Contessa hosting dinner parties for charity events in the Hamptons. Your cupcakes may not look this fancy (mine won't) but you certainly can be by volunteering at the event. Cupcakes and volunteering are things I don't see going out of style anytime soon.

IMPORTANT: Ticket sales stop on the 21st!! Click here to register for the Cupcake Event!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Contest is in the Oven

The days are ticking away quickly...only 7 days left until the ticket box closes for Charm City Cupcake Camp.

I am ecstatic to see how many people are participating in the competition (I mean contest) because we have many fantastic sponsors who donated prizes for you cupcake lovers! Not only do you get to enjoy free cupcakes at the event, you also have a chance to win cupcake wine and gift cards to cupcakeries! Just like you can never hide from technology, you can't hide from cupcakes. And why would you want to!

Now, I am not implying the contest is going to be intense and the judges will be persnickety like these folks so I encourage all attendees to step up to the plate and enter the contest. Feel free to email me if I have persuaded you to enter the contest and I will be happy to change your status.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Something New

One of our fellow cupcake lovers and attendees asked if they could bring cupcake pops and I thought this was a fantastic idea. After checking with our organizer, she agreed it was a neat idea as well.

You heard it hear first, there will be cupcake pops at the Charm City Cupcake Event! Now, if you have not experienced cupcake pops, you are totally missing out. Everything is better on a stick, right? (Or is that everything is better fried?) Either way, cupcake pops are something to add to list of foods you have eaten. The ones I had had a hard shell of chocolate on the outside and it was soft and gooey on the inside. Perfection people, perfection.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cupcakes At a Contemporary Place

As many of you know, CupcakeCamp Charm City has partnered with Blue Hill Tavern this year to put on a show-stopping event. Be sure to check out Blue Hills fantastic menu. Everyone is more than welcome to stay after the event and enjoy a delicious dinner. You've already had a mouth-watering dessert course so now you need a savory dinner and you don't even have to leave the building! Having dessert first is quite the treat!

They have a selection of inexpensive Snacks if you are too full for their Crab Cakes or Beer Cheese Soup. If want to fuel your body with something else besides cupcakes, Blue Hill Tavern is the place to do so. Don't tell yourself you will come back next time to dine here ( I tell myself that all the time) because it we months or years from now. You're there so eat as many cupcakes as your sweet tooth desires and then dine at the Blue Hill Tavern.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Cupcakes and the Contest

Your Cupcake Day is September 24th!

All cupcake lovers all welcome to the cupcake event in Charm City. But RSVP ASAP!

The contest is getting competitive. After looking through half of the attendees, 20 people are participating in the contest and over 60 people bringing cupcakes! We have bakers bringing gluten free and vegan cupcakes, which I am anxious to try. A cupcake lovers dream is coming to life.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fun Cupcake Accessories

A Sweet Way to Make a Difference

Charm City Cupcake Camp is less than two weeks away and volunteer registration is still open! You can also help be continuing to spread the word about the cupcake event (we are almost close to 100% capacity)! 12 days until the event and word is still traveling fast about our main star, the cupcake. We need your assistance cupcake lovers to make this event even more amazing! Please send me an email if you would like to volunteer at the event, Jillian.

Click here for more information about: Volunteering.

Please click here to RSVP.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

This Cupcake Tip is Key!

Mix and Measure Properly

Wet ingredients, such as water and oil, are best measured in glass cups placed on a level surface. Dry ingredients, like flour and sugar, are measured most accurately in cups that are flat on top, which allows you to level the dry ingredients with a spatula or knife before adding them to the mixing bowl.

Don't forget about registering for a ticket because they are going quickly! Please click here to RSVP.

A lighter cupcake

When thinking about what to post relating to cupcakes, my friend suggested finding cupcake recipes that wouldn't put on the pounds. Eating healthy and exercising has become a major trend, especially with celebrity fitness instructors and weight lose television shows. This website lists 5 cupcakes recipes with healthy ingredients that are not high in calories; they even have double chocolate! If you want to cut the calories and not lose the flavor or moisture, then these recipes are for you.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Attention cupcake lovers...

We need you! I know you can't wait for the day to come and I am right there with you. We need your assistance in making the event the best and most successful it can be. We are looking for volunteers to help us set-up (sneak peak at the cupcakes before anyone else!), cupcake bouncers to make sure people are eating cupcakes in the designated areas (nothing is cooler than having the title as "Cupcake Bouncer") as well as a clean up crew. We are hoping to having two to three volunteers for each category of volunteers, which you can check out the list here: Volunteers!!

Why not burn off some calories after the event by helping us put away tables or during the event and carry cupcakes to the stage? Maybe you despise cleaning and you're more of a people person. If so, we have a volunteer area for you by helping us check-in people and their cupcakes.

Send me an e-mail with your name and where you would like to lend your helping hands:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cupcakes and art

Many people consider food to be a form of art. There is a pastry chef in San Francisco that I watched on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, who makes a cake based off a piece of art in a museum.

I consider cupcakes to be art. After doing a lot of cupcake research and google imaging, I realized how one can take a plain cupcake and transform it into something unique. Cupcakes can be an expression of your favorite foods, such as this coconut and banana cupcake. I picture this combination of dessert flavors be presented warm and in a mini souffle dish. By Presenting the flavors in a cupcake, they become elegant and more appreciated.

Now, if you're really looking for eye candy and fantastic ideas for your cupcakes, definitely check out these pictures of cupcakes. Even if you are not baking, the presentation and combination of flavors will help you become a cupcake expert on the day of the event. This way you can narrow down which cupcakes to try as soon as you walk through the door.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Great cupcake ideas and recipes

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday (even though the weather is slightly cloudy). I found this interesting and unique (wink, wink for the contest) cupcake recipe called Carrot Pistachio. Plus, the other cupcakes listed give you a variety of great visuals to base your cupcakes off of. There are cupcakes cut in half with frosting in between and other have displayed pretty leaves made from fondant. Click on the Carrot Pistachio link and enter cupcakepalooza.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Delicious recipes

Often, it's nice to be a hermit and stay home. Today seems like the perfect day to bake cupcakes and curl up on the couch with one. Baking cupcakes makes your whole house smell delicious and it gives you a warm feeling. Here are two recipes I found today that really caught my eye: Jelly Doughnut (this one made me think of peanut butter; one of my favorites) and ice cream sundae cupcakes (these look like fun to make and delicious).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cupcake recipes for you

Yesterday, I suggested to move registering for the cupcake event to the top of your list (I hope you did)! Under "Register for Charm City Cupcake Camp," you should add "Finalize cupcake recipe." Also, make sure you have enough room in your schedule for prep and baking time.

To make the finding a good and reliable recipe easier on you, I will be posting a variety of cupcake recipes for the next few days. I enjoy making other peoples lives less stressful and I find it entertaining to search for cupcake recipes.

The cupcake liners she uses reminds me of eating Italian ice out of the same paper cup as a child.

Created by your host.

If you don't like the ones I post or can't seem to find any on your own, ask a local bakery or try our local sponsor Whole Foods in the Harbor. Their bakery section is endless and it always smells sweet!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Get your tickets!

I am so pleased to hear the positive responses about the cupcake event. Everyday, more and more people will tell me they have registered and cannot wait for the day to come. Publicising the event has truly paid off (almost!) because we are close to 100% capacity! Basically, if you don't register for this fantastic FREE cupcake event soon, chances are you will miss out. Procrastination is not in my vocabulary; mostly because I do not like being rushed. But I have to rush you right now!! Register for tickets here: Cupcake Event Invite

Cupcakes bring happiness to a Wednesday

Today is Wednesday! Therefore, many great and new things are happening today. First, Wednesday implies we are half way through the work week! Today I am going to use my new cupcake flavored lip gloss from Bare Minerals for my day of classes (don't stress because you can buy some tomorrow). Later, I will celebrate the first day of a new semester with a dessert wine called "Cupcake" (it's one of the many fabulous prizes we are giving away at the event). What's better than coming home to cupcake themed anything? That's right, nothing!

Since you now have cupcakes on the brain, be sure your calendar is marked for September 24th and you have RSVP'd because space is going fast and you don't want to miss the first Cupcake Camp in Charm City. Cupcake Invite

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

And another...

Charm City Cupcake Camp received another mention about the event! Read both articles here:

Rising Stars

Charm City cupcakes are not vein but enjoy the star treatment. The Charm City Cupcake Camp event is in the spotlight. I'm glad to see the level of enthusiasm about Charm City cupcakes has skyrocketed. As an attendee, you can say you were took part in the first Cupcake Camp in Baltimore! It's really happening people. I know you believe but here is more official proof from Baltimore Eats. Check out our first Cupcake Camp mention here:

Thank you to all of the attendees, sponsors and Blue Hill Tavern for making the event possible.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cupcake Accessories

26 days until the Cupcake Event!

Over the weekend, I noticed a lot of cupcake accessories including, this rubber key holder. Cupcakes are making themselves more known in grocery stores and bakeries with their unique decorations and flavors as well as, clothing stores and kiosks in the mall.

Cupcakes may have started to take part in the 6 degrees rule of seperation because they always seem to make their way back to my mind. I passed a cotton candy kiosk in the mall and I thought, "What about a cotton candy flavored cupcake?" Friends of friends will approach or message me with new ideas about cupcakes or something they experienced related to cupcakes. Who knows, maybe you will find a mutaul friend with someone at the event. But you'll never know until you register and attend here: Event Invite

Thursday, August 25, 2011

29 days left

The big 29 is here and it occurred on a great day for baking. While you may be collecting supplies for the East Coast weather, make sure your baking supplies is fully stocked. What else is there to do on a rainy day anyways? Baking is productive and soothing. Cupcakes will keep everyone in your household happy and distracted from any of the weather conditions. Trust me. Baking always occurs when its wet and gray outside.

When you create a delicious cupcake, register it here: Cupcake Event

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Crave over Cupcake liners

After watching the London Cupcake Camp video I became really excited about Cupcake liners. The designs and colors are endless. I saw ones that looked like coffee filters and I began to search for environmentally friendly cupcake liners. I found this great website that incorporates entertaining supplies with products made from bamboo and potatoes. They promote their non-toxic products and stress their concern for global warming and the environment. The standard plastic ware is difficult and time consuming to break down. So if you are one to use straws, plates and utensils look for an environmentally friendly product. This website has an abundant of choices.

Cupcake Camp London with flare

Cupcake Camp has made its way to London, which is no surprise because it’s a fantastic city. I found this really cute, fun and mouth-watering video about how they performed Cupcake Camp.

The video is neat because it provides tips for you Charm City Cupcake attendees. If you are baking: Videos and cookbooks (my mom has a cupcake cookbook) really deliver a nice visual of what the final product should look like. I find when it comes to dessert presentation is what forces you to forget about the calories and sugar overload.

As a judge or attendee, you are most likely going to select a cupcake that catches your eye, regardless of the flavor. A clean finished product is what people look for: smooth frosting, unique presentation and a fun design. There are a lot of simple features people used to present their cupcakes such as, the themed labels for their cupcakes. It’s a very nice and simple touch.

You can approach your cupcake anyway you wish. Just watch the video and see for yourself (I really enjoyed the zebra liners and umbrellas).

Cupcake Camp London with flare

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fun Facts

Fun Fact: On August 15, 2009 broke the world record for largest cupcake ever made. The cupcake was 1,224 pounds, 4 foot tall by 10 foot wide, and had 2 million calories.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Shapes, sizes and flavors

Square cupcakes, cupcake flavored candles and flavors like coconut and bubblegum. I discovered a cupcake kiosk in the Towsontown Center and they bake square cupcakes! I thought this was a cool and neat technique for baking cupcakes. To me, it seems that the squares would make it easier to remove the cupcakes from the tray as well as eating them. You have four corners to choose from to sink your teeth through the smooth frosting and moist cupcake.
Expand your pallet this weekend and try a new cupcake flavor or shape!

Tweet us!

Tweet, tweet! Tell us the cupcake that never seems to disappoint you. It's the cupcake you choose at the last minute because you can't bare to try something new.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Desert Cafe

Cupcakes can be sweet or savory. Cupcakes with bacon have become quite popular and then theres always the classic red velvet.

Did you know hummus can be sweet or savory? It's true! The Desert Cafe in Mt. Washington offers a large variety of hummus (over 40 choices!) including a cinnamon and raisin hummus. It's genius and fantastic! I eat it as my dessert. Check out there website to discover more of there hummus creations: The Wild Pea

The trend is making head lines

While the trend of following celebrities and mocking their habits may not be something you take part in, but celebrities have helped transform cupcakes into a major phenomenon. A few months ago Kim Kardashian launched The Famous Cupcake store in Beverley Hills. Other major celebrities jumping on the cupcake conveyor belt include Ryan Seacrest, Nicole Richie and The Today Show featured a segment on cupcakes. This is tasty treat has proved to make quite the reputation on it's on and transformed itself into a star.

Many of the celebrities are supporting well-known bakeries, which can be found all over the country. Wherever you may be, do your part and support the local bakeries in your area.

Try the cupcakes baked by our sponsors: Whole foods and Iced Gems

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cupcakes vs. wedding cakes

Are you using cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cakes? It has become an emerging trend for weddings. Cupcakes have an advantage over weddings cakes because they are versatile over weddings cakes because they come in a variety of flavors. This gives the guests a chance to find a flavor they will like.

Cupcakes are everywhere these days! Wedding cupcakes are now turning up in the latest bridal magazine. Cupcakes for weddings make quite the impression!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cupcake fact

Interesting Fact: Cupcake liners do more than make it easy to remove them from the pan. Traditionally, sides of tins are greased for easy removal, but also floured because the batter needs to have something to cling to. A cupcake liner takes care of both.

Not just for cupcake lovers

39 days until the cupcake event! It's true how people say time flies.

The cupcake event may sound overwhelming at first, but it's truly effortless.

One, you don't even need to bring cupcakes. Just show up on the 24th of September at noon. Bring yourself, a date or neighbor. Two, it's free! We only ask you to RSVP to keep a head count and make sure everyone has the chance to consume as many cupcakes as they desire. Three, the event is not just for cupcake lovers and bakers. It's going to be fantastic because it's designed for the attendees to enjoy themselves in a relaxed environment. A cupcake in one hand and a beverage in the other.

Here is a video I found to help paint a picture of what our Charm City Cupcake Camp may look like: Isn't just for sugar lovers

Monday, August 15, 2011

Life is sweet

A quick and interesting fact about cupcakes: cupcakes can be referred to as fairy cakes in Britain or patty cakes in Australia.

There are cupcake lovers all over the world, which is why Cupcake Camps are held worldwide. Once again, food is bringing people and cultures together. What better food to bring people together than a delicious cupcake (I can't think of any).

Cupcakes for breakfast?

This cupcake event, which is 40 days away, has me head over heels for cupcakes. This morning I woke up and was deciding what to post about cupcakes and immediately, the first thing that came to my mind was cupcakes for breakfast. Is this possible? So, I typed "cupcakes for breakfast" into google to see if it was actually possible to eat cupcakes for breakfast, and it is! I found a local food blogger who eats cupcakes for breakfast. It sounds like a lot of sugar to consume early in the morning but I didn't add sugar to my coffee to make myself feel better. Spice up your Monday morning. Here a recipe for the mocha cupcakes.

RSVP for the event here: Invite!

Only 40 days left!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Merlot and Cupcake recipe

Wine and cupcakes? Sure, why not?

Adding wine or basing a cupcake recipe off of an alcoholic beverage is very ideal. Going with the theme of the Dark and Stormy Cupcakes, the Chocolate Merlot Cupcakes quickly caught my interest because it was another cupcake recipe involving alcohol.

Maybe you are not familiar with the combination of wine and cupcakes, but it really infuses the cupcake with flavor and plays well with the idea of drinking a glass of wine. Instead, the wine is in the cupcake! What could be more sweet than that?

Since it will be the weekend soon and if you are of age, buy a bottle of wine and experiment. The worst that could happen is you have more wine to drink that you anticipated.

Enter your alcohol infused cupcakes in the contest and you could win best flavor or most unique!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Inspiration from your host...

Rachel Rappaport is hosting the Charm City Cupcake Event, which is happening in 42 days!

I was reading through her blog and I came across many cupcake recipes that I wanted to make for the event. I wish I could pull her Dark and Stormy AND Lemon Drop Cupcakes out from my computer and eat them right now! Oh well, I will just have to settle for pulling them out of my oven instead.

These two recipes sound very tasty and painless to make!

Entertainment from cupcakes

First, 43 days until the Charm City Cupcake Camp Event at the Blue Hill Tavern!

Check out this short clip from Cupcake Camp in Montreal (they do happen all over the world!): Montreal Cupcake Camp

To refresh your memory about the Cupcake Camp organization click here: Cupcake Camp

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Do these cupcakes look familiar?

Iced Gems- Get to know our local sponsor

As you may of heard, Iced Gems is donating prizes towards their delicious cupcake creations. Maybe you want a cupcake right now. Well, stop in for a cupcake or look for Iced Gems bright pink polka dotted cupcake truck. Their uniquely decorated cupcakes and flavors may inspire your baking for the Charm City Cupcake Event or just satisfy your sweet tooth. Either way, you can't lose!

RSVP for the event here: Invite page

Find the Iced Gems truck here: Cupcake Truck

Baking tips...

For your perfect cupcake! Here are a few:

1. Make it easy to remove cupcakes from your pan by using paper or foil wrappers. Plus, they give the cupcakes flare!

2. Fill your cupcake wells 1/2 to 2/3 full. Some bakers even said 3/4 full and use an ice cream scoop to ensure each cupcake is the same size. This will allow all of the cupcakes to be done at the same time.

3. Bake your cupcakes at the proper temperature. Preheat your own before placing the cupcakes in the oven. IMPORTANT NOTE: If your oven cooks faster at the rear of the oven, then make sure you carefully rotate the pan. Do this about halfway through the baking time.

Cupcakes are on my mind...

For the next 45 days....

45 days until the Cupcake Camp event hits Charm City! If you're bringing cupcakes, are you pondering about recipes and the contest categories? While baking can be slightly intimidating, step outside the box and go for a vegan or gluten free recipe and enter your cupcakes in the contest!

Here is a gluten free cupcake recipe I am thinking about baking: Blueberries and cream cupcakes

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Time is flying...

The Charm City Cupcake Camp is less than two months away! RSVP here:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Art Work

The lovely Jessie of Cakespy fame created this wonderful piece of art for CupcakeCamp!