Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
My favorite cupcake event of the entire year is the LA Cupcake Challenge. It is always well-organized and showcases the best of the best cupcakes in LA and Orange County. This year boasted some of the best cupcake shops, including several that had been on Food Network's Cupcake Wars.
This year's event took place on February 4, 2012 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel from 4p-7p. I arrived around 5:30p with my mom and little guy in tow. I was giddy with excitement. My excitement quickly turned into sadness as I approached the first table and was greeted with an empty display. No cupcakes. Lame.
As I began making my way around the room, I was greeted with more and more sad faces. Over half of the cupcakes were gone and the event was barely half-way over! Lucky for me, several cupcake shops had set aside cupcakes just for me. Out of 36 possible cupcakes to try, I personally ate 23, 5 of which were saved for me. So if I would have been a paying ticket-holder, I would have only gotten 18, half of the promised cupcakes.
After talking with the event organizer after-the-fact, he said the problem was with people taking more cupcakes than they should have. The event was ran exactly the same way as it has been in the past, so I was surprised this happened. I think the problem is that each vendor was not crossing their name off the ballot like they've done in the past. There was no regulation.
If something doesn't get fixed, I might not be supporting this event in the future. I think it's a great way to try lots of different cupcake vendors, but if you are not getting what you pay for, then it's not worth the drive.
Over the next few days, I'll be highlighting the vendors and cupcakes I did try. Stay tuned for some cupcake goodness!
Friday, February 17, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Karen Tack and Alan Richardson have done it again! Authors of "Hello, Cupcake!" and "What's New, Cupcake?" have come out with a third book, "cupcakes, cookies, & pie, oh my!"
I got my hands on a copy and am amazed by their talents again! I've already picked a few that I want to try right away. I'm thinking of making the sk8er cake for my husband for Valentine's Day.
Have you seen the new book yet? Which decorated dessert are you excited to make?
Monday, February 6, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
We already know cupcakes are wonderful, but I've found that they taste so much sweeter when they are baked for a good cause.
The 4-year-old nephew of one of my best friends has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Renowned Events Care Foundation is hosting a 5k walk this Saturday to raise money to save Brayden's life. My friend's kids spent yesterday afternoon selling fresh-squeezed orange juice and cupcakes to raise money for Saturday's 5k walk. I love homemade cupcakes and these chocolate cupcakes tasted so delicious! Due to the generosity of their neighbors, the kids raised $95. Those are some powerful cupcakes!
You too can donate money to help Brayden by attending this Saturday's 5k walk in Corona, CA or by sending a check to Renowned Events Care Foudnation at:
625 S. Pale St., La Habra, CA 90631
You can read more about Brayden here.