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!