Friday, July 29, 2011
Dolce Vista Sweets & Treats (Orange County, CA) - I loved the cotton candy garnish on their Round 1 cupcakes.
Carrie Cakeaway (San Francisco, CA) - I was pretty sure that hot dogs in cupcake batter would not do so well. It bugs when I can't find a website for a company that was on Cupcake Wars. Marketing matters.
Heaven Cupcake (Salt Lake City, UT) - Their churro cupcake looked awesome! I would love to try this one. This was the first time I've seen a baker not decorate all of their cupcakes or get them all on the display.
Bonbon Bake Shop (Cleveland, OH) - WINNER! Although they also did not get all of their cupcakes on the display.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Although I am 5 months pregnant, I was able to go on one ride. Oh to be a kid again!
Thanks OC Fair. You are awesome once again.
The OC Fair is open July 15 - August 14.
Monday, July 25, 2011
It's that time of year again, time for Cupcake Camp OC!!
I had such a blast eating way too many cupcakes last year and I can't wait to do it all again! The details have been announced and we will be eating cupcakes together on September 11, 2011 from 12p-5p at the Atrium Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA.
Registration is open for cupcake bakers. Make sure you register early (by July 31st) to get a discount. Registration is not yet open for ticket "sales" (donations). You can find updated info on the Cupcake Camp OC Facebook page and through Twitter.
Friday, July 22, 2011
I was introduced to Dolce Vista Sweets & Treats last summer at the OC Fair. I was a judge at the OC Cupcake Classic and their cupcakes won 1st place and Best in Show. Later that year I was treated to a special winter wonderland cake from Dolce Vista. There are certainly perks of being The Cupcake Activist!
I'm excited to announce that they will be contestants on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars. Well, they already taped the episode, but it will air this Tuesday, July 26 at 8:00pm ET/PT. In this episode titled "Dodger Cupcakes," Dolce Vista and three other cupcake bakers will face off for the chance to have their cupcakes featured at a celebration honoring the world renowned LA Dodgers at a VIP party at the stadium.
I can't wait to watch!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I have to admit that I've never seen a meringue nest on a cupcake before. These cupcakes from Made With Pink are lemon cupcakes topped with a bit of whipped cream and a homemade meringue nest filled with lemon curd and fresh strawberries and raspberries. Sounds like the perfect summer treat! You can find the recipe for all parts of this delicious treat on Made With Pink.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Four talented cupcake makers will go head to head in hopes of having their cupcake creations at the center of an exclusive party for the Festival of Arts, where paintings and statues come to life.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
I love Cost Plus World Market. Have you ever checked out their chocolate and sweets department? So awesome! It's the perfect excuse to buy a lot of candy. Anyways, the other day I was in there and saw this Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Kit. I thought maybe it was just a cupcake baking kit with ice cream cones, but it looks like the cones are silicone. Bummer, I love ice cream cones. I bet it's a fun activity for kids though.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Of course I am super excited for the final movie to come out this week. I'm not crazy enough to see the midnight showing (I'm pregnant and I get tired super early), but I plan on seeing it soon. What better way to celebrate the final movie then with special Harry Potter cupcakes.
Monday, July 11, 2011
I am 19 weeks pregnant, so I am in full-baby mode. My husband points out every stroller we see and I'm on the lookout for cute baby clothes. CakeSpy has these adorable onesies for sale on her website. The pink cupcake one almost makes me wish I was having a girl. I can't wait for my little boy though!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Episode aired 7/5/11:
Four artful cupcake bakers will compete for the chance to have their cupcakes featured at an exclusive party celebrating the art of famed movie director Tim Burton.
Custom Cakes by Tiffany (Los Angeles, CA)
Nancy's Fancies (Providence, RI)
Sassy Cakes (Naples, FL)
Cake in a Cup (Toledo, OH) - winner
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I like to run and I love to eat, so this race totally makes sense to me. Munchathon is a food-themed 5k and obstacle course. The sample-sized food that you'll encounter on the course is from gourmet food trucks and local vendors. One of the featured food items is cupcakes from Meringue Bake Shop.
After the 5k, there is a festival of gourmet food trucks, beverages, and entertainment. So far there are 20 food trucks confirmed, including the Go Country 105 Chuck Wagon featuring B Sweet Catering cupcakes, Short Stop BBQ featuring Cupcake Blake cupcakes, the Bakery Truck and lots of food trucks I've been dying to try, like the Grilled Cheese Truck.
The event takes place in July 16 at Santiago Oak Park, next to Irvine Lake. Registration for the 5k includes admission to the festival ($49), but you can buy festival admission separate ($12) if you prefer not to burn calories before. I'll be there wobbling through the run course and stuffing my face after. I hope to see you there too!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Usually I stay away from a vanilla cupcake, but Becky from Utah Loves Cupcakes recommended it. This was definitely the best of the three. The vanilla frosting tasted homemade and the cake was so-so. It didn't wow me, but it was good.
I already knew that I wouldn't enjoy the red velvet because they don't use cream cheese frosting. Instead, the cupcake was topped with a whipped vanilla frosting. There's nothing I dislike more than whipped frosting. The cake wasn't any better. The fake-looking, bright red cake was dry. This cupcake was a fail for me.
This chocolate/vanilla swirl cupcake was a fundraiser for something associated with Swan Lake. The chocolate frosting was delicious, but the vanilla frosting was the same whipped vanilla frosting found on the red velvet. The cake was also swirled with moist and dry cake. It was weird.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Episode aired 6/28/11:
Four out-of-this-world cupcake bakers will fight for the chance to have their tasty treats front and center at a VIP party honoring the first man in space.
Leyna's Kitchen (Los Angeles, CA)
Parties by Panache (Brea, CA)
Yum Bunnies Cakery (Belmont, MA)
Jilly's Cupcake Bar (St. Louis, MO) - winner!