Wednesday, August 31, 2011

That's a Cake?!

Saw this featured in Reader's Digest a few days ago. Just thought it was a pretty photo of asparagus.

Photo: Sweetapolita

Totally surprised to turn the page and see it was a cake. Sweetapolita could be one of my new favorite blogs.

Photo: Sweetapolita

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cupcake Cruise to Bermuda

Photo: cakespy

Who wants to go on a cupcake cruise?! I do, I do! Could a vacation be any more perfect?

Cupcakes Takes the Cake recently announced that they are organizing a Cupcake Cruise to Bermuda. The cruise takes place August 19-26, 2012. Yes, that's a whole year away, but that's a whole year of anticipating cupcake fun!

For details, go to the official website:

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Look Back at Munchathon

Two words sum up my life: eating and triathlon. Total opposites, but totally me. When I first heard about Munchathon I knew this was my event! A 5k race with food stops in between. What could be more perfect?

Race day came and I pulled on my Team Sparkle skirt over my pregnant belly, and was on my way to a day of fun!

The race had a wave start, which was great for spreading out the "racers." I put racers in quotes because no one was really running...except for me. Yes, this pregnant lady was running between food stops. I needed to burn off some calories so I could eat more!

The race course also had obstacles, such as tunnels, fences, walls, and a slide. I avoided all of them due to my big baby bump.

The first food stop was Fresh Fries food truck.

Loved these sweet potato fries dipped in hummus!! I also like how the sign says "protein boost." Sweet potatoes are actually pretty good for you, although when you deep-fry them I think all nutritional value is lost.

Drink stop with Honest Tea Honest Ade.

I didn't drink all of it right then because I still had 2.9 miles to go. I saved the rest of this Pomegranate Blue drink for later.

Pop Chips were next. I love these, especially since their not fried.

First time trying the Sour Cream & Onion flavor. Thumbs up.

Another drink stop: 8th Continent Soy Milk.

I'm a huge chocolate milk fan, but this would have been better served at the end of the race. Milk and running don't really go together. Chocolate milk is my favorite post-workout drink though. I wish 8th Continent was sold at Fresh & Easy. I would switch brands.

A third drink stop: Kern's. I didn't even try this one until I was finished because my stomach was too full of liquids. I loved the flavor though. I'm a huge pineapple coconut fan.

New food truck: Slapfish

A food I couldn't eat: oysters. A very unusual food to have on a race course. Obviously I had to pass up because of my state of pregnancy, but I am glad I had an excuse anyway.

Most appropriate food stop: KIND Healthy Snacks

I didn't eat this snack bar until a few days later and it was delicious. Cranberries, almonds, and honey made this a perfect pre-workout snack.

Next stop: Front Porch Pops

My camera wouldn't focus, but that doesn't mean I didn't like this popsicle. Popsicles are wonderful and this grilled pineapple one was probably the best popsicle I've ever eaten.

I see cupcakes!

The booth I was most looking forward to: Meringue Bake Shop! I was so happy to see Kristin.

Her cupcakes were like mini PushCakes: a shot of frosting topped with a piece of cupcake. They were a portable snack, which was perfect for eating and running at the same time.

This was the one stop where I wanted to stay all day. I have to admit that I tried all four flavors and stole a PushCake. I'm pretty sure Kristin wanted me to steal one because now I'm addicted to PushCakes! They are so perfect! If you haven't tried one, you must. You can find Meringue Bake Shop at the Great Park Farmer's Market every Sunday afternoon.

Sadly, the "race" was over and I finished my 5k in the longest time possible. But the eating didn't stop there. After the race, the food truck festival began. I had my pick from 50 different food trucks, some of which normally only roam in LA.

I started with the CheeseBall Wagon. Could a food truck be any more perfect? I ordered a "Sloppy Cheesy Chaz" slider. Absolutely wonderful! I could have eaten four more, but I wanted to try some other food.

I brought home a snack for my husband from the India Jones Chow Truck. I ordered him a Lamb Frankie and he loved it.

Lastly, I had to try Great Ball on Tires, partly because I love the name and partly because Saturday Night Foodies recommended them.

I am sad that they don't roam the streets of Orange County because my food was out of this world. The item I got isn't on their online menu so I wonder if it was a special item. Either way it was great. Two chicken balls covered with buffalo wing sauce, topped with mac & cheese and blue cheese. Yes, it is just as awesome as it sounds! I took some of it home to my husband and he loved it too.

Munchathon was a ton of fun and I hope to participate again next year. But next time I'm bringing a big group of friends! Oh, and I can't resist photo ops with cut-outs. I really am a cheeseball.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cupcake Wars: Word Series of Poker

Four gifted bakers will ante up for a chance to have their cupcake creations featured at an exclusive party for the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

This week's episode featured:

Corner Cupcakes
(San Diego, CA - mobile cupcakery) **winner**

Luli Tuli Cupcakes (Los Angeles, CA - custom only)

Sweet Retreat (Minneapolis, MN)

Cupcake Royale (Seattle, WA) I've heard great things about this cupcake shop.

I also recorded the season premiere of Top Chef: Just Desserts. Can't wait to watch it tonight!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cupcake Camp OC Tickets on Sale

Cupcake Camp OC 2011 is less than three weeks away (9/11)! Who's going to join me in eating lots of cupcakes and raising money for Children of the Night? Tickets are $15 and are available in 2 time slots: 12p-2p or 3p-5p. You can also purchase VIP tickets for $30. Tickets available for purchase here. See you there!

Monday, August 22, 2011

What Should This Pregnant Runner Wear?

In just a few weeks I will be "running" the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon. I signed up for this race way before I got pregnant. If this was any other race, I would just skip it, but Disney races are so much fun (and also a little expensive), so I just had to do it, even if I will be 28 weeks pregnant.

Now the big question: what to wear? It won't be easy to hide this big belly. Normally I wear my Hot Pink Team Sparkle skirt, but this time my friends and I are dressing up as Disney characters and pairing with a skirt. Carrie is going as Snow White. Kelly will be Tinkerbell. I still haven't decided yet.

Here are a few of my favorite options, along with matching post-race cupcakes:

Minnie Mouse

Photo: Team Sparkle


Photo: Team Sparkle

Photo: Cakes from the house of fudge


Photo: Team Sparkle


Help me out! Which do you like best? Or do you have another idea for me?

Friday, August 19, 2011

OC Fair Cupcake Classic Carnage

After tasting nearly 30 chocolate cupcakes at the OC Fair Cupcake Classic, I vowed to never eat a chocolate cupcake again. I am happy to report that I've already broken that vow.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cupcake Wars: Comic Con Cupcakes

Four talented bakers will have to use their super powers if they want a chance to have their delicious display take center stage at Comic-Con's exclusive Masquerade Party.

Choco Patisserie (San Antonio, TX)

Wonderland Custom Cakes (online-Los Angeles, CA)

Three Babes & a Baker (Columbus, OH)

Sugar Mommy Cupcakes
(Denville, NJ)

I have to say that this was my favorite episode of the season. I absolutely LOVED the theme. This gave the bakers opportunity for great decorations. Usually the bakers do an ok job at round 2, but this time all of the bakers did outstanding with their decorating. I loved Wonderland's decorating and cupcake flavors best. I would love to try those...looks like I need to track them down.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

OC Fair Cupcake Classic: The Cupcakes

This year's OC Fair Cupcake Classic took place in the Exhibit Promenade hall with the Live, Eat, Grow exhibit. The room was packed! Whoever said the cupcake trend is dying is definitely wrong. This contest is unique in the fact that the bakers are present in the audience and are watching you eat their cupcakes.

There were five categories that the cupcakes were divided into: Professional, Amateur-Chocolate, Amateur-Fruit, Amateur-Other, and Kids. Each of the judges took a category to judge. I picked Amateur-Chocolate, as I was having a huge chocolate craving that day.

My category had nearly 30 entries. Could I survive?

All of the cupcakes were on display after the event. No public tasting though!

Each judge from the Amateur category picked their favorite cupcake to determine which would be Best in Show. My favorite was a Chocolate Cannoli cupcake. It had cannoli filling piped into the middle of the cupcake. The other two judges picked a strawberry/coolwhip/pretzel cupcake, and a lemon blueberry cupcake.

And the winner was.....the Lemon Blueberry cupcake.

The best part of the event was calling the winners on stage to receive their awards. I loved seeing the smiles and the happy tears! It made my slightly-upset stomach feel better. Congrats to all who entered the contest! I hope to see you all again next year.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Casey's Cupcakes to Overtake Sprinkles?

According to an interview with the Fast Food Maven, Casey Reinhardt, owner of Casey's Cupcakes, is expanding her company with hopes to become a national brand. Casey's Cupcakes has been in the news a lot this year with the opening of a new location in Laguna Beach and an appearance (and win!) on Cupcake Wars. And now she's adding two more locations: Irvine and Newport Beach.

Her Newport Beach store will be at Fashion Island, just a hop, skip, & jump away from Sprinkles Cupcakes. Can Casey's Cupcakes compete with Sprinkles?

Not only is Casey dotting the map with her stores, she is also adding more products. Doggie cupcakes and cupcake lollipops will soon be available for sale.

Some people believe that the cupcake craze will fade, but Casey and I share the same thought when she says, "I believe that people will always eats sweets. It makes people feel better."


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