Monday, September 20, 2010

Review: Jennifer Stonebarger Designs

I was contacted by Jennifer of Jennifer Stonebarger Designs a few weeks ago asking me if I'd like to sample her cupcakes. Umm...yes!! I didn't need to think twice about that.

If I hadn't been so busy at Cupcake Camp OC, I might have had the chance to meet her there. Instead, I got to taste one of her cupcakes that was entered in the Professional category. I remember her Maple Bacon cupcake because it was one of my favorites. So when she offered to bake some other flavors for me, I was more than happy to oblige.

Jennifer Stonebarger Designs is a custom-order bakery for cakes and cupcakes. Jennifer loves making cakes because it is a great creative outlet for her and she loves the "MacGyver" part of the project: how to build the cake, how to get the right fondant effect, experimenting with different materials, etc. Jennifer is quite talented creatively, as you can see from the photos on her blog.

But enough about cakes, let's talk about her cupcakes! All of Jennifer's cupcakes are made with a variation of her bundt cake recipes. Her chocolate chocolate chip recipe is a family recipe and one of her most popular requests. My husband and I sampled every one of the cupcakes provided. What a wonderful job I have!

Snickerdoodle with Vanilla Buttercream &
Red Velvet with Cream Cheese frosting

Chocolate Chocolate Chip with Chocolate Buttercream &
Chocolate Chocolate Chip with Vanilla Buttercream

Cookies & Cream with Chocolate Buttercream &
Cookies & Cream with Vanilla Buttercream

Coconut Cream with Vanilla Buttercream &
Coconut Lime with Vanilla Buttercream

Vanilla Raspberry with Vanilla Buttercream &
Lemon with Vanilla Buttercream

Margarita with Vanilla Buttercream &
Champagne Orange with Vanilla Buttercream

My thoughts: Jennifer knew that I am super picky about frosting from reading my previous reviews. I mean, it's true....I think the frosting makes the cupcake. So when I took my first bite of Jennifer's cupcake, I breathed a sigh of relief. The frosting was great! Not super sweet, not light & whipped, but just the way I like it.

Jennifer's cupcakes were excellent. The cake was moist, the frosting was tasty, they looked pretty, and they tasted great. My favorite one was the Coconut Cream with Vanilla Frosting. This cupcake had a surprise cream filling on the inside, which I always love.

Also worth noting, the cream cheese frosting on the red velvet had just the right amount of tanginess, something that a lot of red velvets lack.

Her cupcakes start at $25 per dozen and mini cupcakes are $20 for two dozen. She also does custom-order cakes, cookies, and cookie pops. You can contact her for more info on pricing.

Jennifer is teaching some cupcake decorating class through Adult Education at Saddleback Valley Unified. They are listed under "Fifteen and Fun" series or "Culinary Arts." You can find more info at:

Jennifer Stonebarger Designs


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