Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
About six months ago I reported on a new cupcake shop to open in downtown Brea. My mom informed me that it's open and delicious! Merely Sweets isn't just a cupcake shop though. They also sell macarons, cookies, puff pastries, and cakes. My mom stopped by a week ago and tried her first macaron. She loved it!
Since Merely Sweets is located on Birch Street in downtown Brea, it is open late (yeah!): 9:00p on weekdays, 10:00p on Friday and Saturday, and 6:00p on Sundays. I stopped by last weekend to sample a little of everything. Want to know what I think? Watch for my full review soon!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
1st: Bubba Sweets - Sea Salt Caramel
2nd: Hollicakes - Chocolate Orange
3rd: Design Cakes and Cupcakes - Churro
Cupcake Activist's picks for Most OC
1st: Sweet September Cupcakes - French Toast
2nd: Design Cakes and Cupcakes - Churro
3rd: Bubba Sweets - Sea Salt Caramel
Most Childhood-Inspried Winners
1st: Michelle Chang - Banana Split
2nd: Hollicakes - Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies
3rd: Bubba Sweets - PB&J
Cupcake Activist's picks for Most Childhood-Inspired
1st: Hollicakes - Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies
2nd: Michelle Chang - Banana Split
3rd: Judy Nguyen - S'mores
Spirit of 9/11 Winners (design only)
2nd: Hey Cupcakes
3rd: Design Cakes and Cupcakes
Cupcake Activist's Picks for Spirit of 9/11
1st: Hey Cupcake
2nd: Michelle Chang
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
And the winner of the 101 Gourmet Series cookbooks is.....Southern Girl! Congrats! Hurry and email your address to me, so I can get these fabulous cookbooks mailed off to you. Thanks to everyone who entered.
Monday, September 19, 2011
This week I'll be highlighting the event, introducing you to the winners, and of course sharing my favorite cupcakes with you.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I know my dog would love it because she loves real cupcakes too. Last night after leaving the room for about 30 seconds, I came back in to find a trail of cupcake crumbs and this guilty face...
She's almost too cute to get mad at. Looks like I need that cupcake toy.
Don't forget about my current giveaway for the 101 Gourmet Series cookbooks.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Wendy Paul's bestselling 101 Gourmet Series has simplified the task of creating gourmet desserts for every occasion! 101 Gourmet Cupcakes and 101 Gourmet Cookies have taken the home baking world by storm. The addition of her newest cookbook, 101 Gourmet Cake Bites, completes the perfect cookbook trifecta.
I got my hands on a copy of 101 Gourmet Cupcakes two years ago and I love it! All of the recipes in this cookbook are based off a store-bought cake mix. Perfect for a busy person like me.
In honor of the release of 101 Gourmet Cake Bites, I'm giving away the whole series!
Here's how to enter: [Please leave separate comment for each entry]
LIKE 101 Gourmet Series on Facebook - leave a comment "I want to win the 101 Gourmet Series from Cupcake Activist http://www.cupcakeactivist.com
1. Follow Wendy Paul on Twitter and tweet: I want to win @reasonstobake 101 Gourmet Series from @CupcakeActivist
2. Follow Cupcake Activist on Twitter @CupcakeActivist
3. Follow Cupcake Activist on Facebook
**Winner will be chosen at random and will receive all three books in the 101 Gourmet Series. Contest ends at midnight PST on 9/16/11. US residents only.
If you can't wait to see if you're the winner, you can purchase all of the cookbooks on Amazon.com. Each cookbook is approximately $13.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Chocolate Salted Caramel: My favorite of the three! The chocolate cake was very moist, although I could have enjoyed a heavier chocolate flavor. The salted caramel frosting was excellent! It tasted just how I imagine a Werther's would taste as a frosting. The frosting really made this cupcake great.
Lovely Confections has my recommendation for anyone living in or visiting the Denver area. Their organic, local, natural cupcakes are high quality and taste delicious. Their regular-size cupcakes are $3 and their minis are $1.50.
Friday, September 2, 2011
If you know me, then you know that I love triathlon and sweets. So of course this new race appealed to me: Hot Chocolate 15/5k.
What makes this running race different than any other race? Well, the post-race party has chocolate fondue and hot chocolate from Ghirardelli! I always indulge on sweets after a race, so now I don't have to go searching for any.
This race series takes place in 8 cities, so there's a good chance that there will be one near you. The 15k race is $65 and the 5k is $45. I can't wait to run for chocolate next year! Who's with me?