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Thursday
Apr032008

Cake Byte Addendum: Trophy Cupcakes, Martha, and Cakespy: BFF

Trophy Cupcakes
Many of you got to see firsthand the magic of Seattle's own Trophy Cupcakes today on the Martha Stewart Show, wherein owner Jennifer Shea demonstrated how to make the newest exciting addition to their beautiful line of cupcakes: the Chocolate-Graham-Cracker Cupcake, topped with Toasted Marshmallow Meringue Frosting (a much prettier way of saying "S'more Cupcake", we think).  


However, unlike many of you, we got to go to the store after the segment and try it for ourselves.

 

Yup--Trophy Cupcakes hosted a little to-do in celebration of their fifteen minutes, featuring mini samples of the cupcake in question, punch (alas, not spiked) and a TV set up to air the segment. And what a to-do it was: the locals came out en masse, and those cupcakes disappeared so quickly that the staff hastily (and kindly) brought out several additional trays of vanilla-chocolate cakes to quiet the masses (it worked). Of course (as if you ever had a doubt), the Cakespy crew managed to elbow past the children in the room to secure our own samples of the coveted brand-new cake before it disappeared.

But OK, the new flavor was on TV. Was it really gonna be good? Or was it all pomp and circumstance, little more than marshmallow fluff?

Well, friends and bakers, in the opinion of these humble Cake Gumshoes, this one is worth seeking out. If you're in Seattle, it's worth trekking over to the Wallingford Center; if not in Seattle, it's worth breaking out the blowtorch: you can find the recipe here. The dense yet soft chocolate cake was beautifully offset by the crunchiness and slightly salted graham bottom layer, which had a flavor deepened yet more by an almost-secret sprinkling of bittersweet chocolate in the center. The marshmallow meringue frosting was the perfect contrast to the dense cake, offering a sweet flavor and light-as-air texture. Indeed, upon eating this cake, it became exceedingly evident why they didn't simply call it a S'more Cupcake--it was so, so much more. (Pause as the Cakespy crew collectively gets a bit misty recalling the experience).

 

A sweet experience, indeed.

They brought out more!

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (41)

Very, very, very cute...it always looks so dang good here!

April 3 | Unregistered Commenternoble pig

You always have to rub it in my face don't you? Oooo look at what we have in Seattle you stupid Australian dwelling folk!

*cries*

Our cupcake places are nowhere near this creative. Hopefully one day a jerk like me will be able to rectify the situation!

I still haven't made it over there... I might just have to, now!

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

I am melting... I think I will have to make them this weekend. Toasted marshmallow sounds too good!

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterAran

I've died and gone to heaven - why does Seattle have to be so far away? These are out of this world.

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterCakelaw

It is totally awesome!

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterGattina

There is nothing like a s'more, in any shape or form. I love how this versatile favorite can move from the campground to Martha!

I sooooooooo need to come to Seattle....It wouldn't be crazy to travel across the entire continent just to eat cupcakes, would it? Would it??

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterBMoreSweet

They are exquisite and when I get to Washington over the summer, I'll be sure to check them out.

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

They should have entered CH! LOL ;)

April 4 | Unregistered Commenterslush

i'm not allowed to play with blowtorches anymore. bad things happen.

also banned from my kitchen: deep-fat fryers and most men. :)

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterA. Grace

ahh! I almost never remember to turn on the tv at 11 am to watch martha, but it turns out this morning blog-reading coincided with good timing, cause I read the title of this post and went
"oh yeah!"
*flicks the tv on*
"oh look, cupcakes!"
*continues to read post*
"oh look, cupcakes!"

:DDDDD

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterLiz²

Oh wow these look good! Whenever I've seen "Smore" cupcakes before, usually it's just a marshmallow on top that's toasted (which doesn't work for me because marshmallows have gelatin). But this one doesn't and I bet is even tastier! Thanks so much for posting about it!! I can't wait to give it a try.

Woooow. That picture was mouth-watering, and then I read your description. Why, oh why does Seattle get 18 billion cupcake places and Vancouver has one? Will you take me on a Seattle cupcake crawl someday?

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Fun fun fun. Who knew that cake could get better? And yet every week something new pops up on your blog and we mere baking mortals look at our shoes in quiet shame and then buck up to try making our own versions. :)

April 4 | Unregistered Commenterchou

Why couldn't I have thought of this???? I could have been on Martha!!! I might have to try these. I never have much luck w/cupcakes for some reason. I always overfill them or overcook them. I am not a cupcake queen.

I've been enjoying Cupcake Week and it was so cool to see Bakerella! Lucky you getting to sample the cupcakes in person. I admit to really liking the part when they took out the blowtorches! Now that's a hardcore cupcake! : )

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterAnali

I have been loving cupcake week too..what fun and to pop by here to get a sweet fix...love it!!!!

Everyday is cupcake day!!!

Cheers,
Diana

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Evans

Awesome! I'll be going to get my own on Monday or Tuesday. I can hardly wait!

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

You are one lucky cupcake! :)

It's so nice to see fellow bloggers on such a high. Successes are so sweet (pun intended). All three of you did such a great job and deserve to bask in the glory...ok...now get back in the kitchen :)

April 4 | Unregistered Commentergiz

Toasted Marshmallow Meringue? Oh my! Your blog is amazing! Thank you so much for all of your effort in sharing your love of cupcakes.

April 4 | Unregistered Commenterhandmade julz

Jessie,

It was so nice finally meeting you, and thank you for the lovely pictures and kind words! We are so proud of Jennifer! To see all of those people yesterday int he shop was wonderful and humbling. The staff couldn't believe it, and thank you to everyone for being so supportive!

Maggie Dutton
Consiglieri, Trophy Cupcakes

April 4 | Unregistered Commentermag

s'mores cuppies! ooooh! i tried to imagine a way of doing that for last month's cupcake hero, but couldn't make it happen. sounds yum! next time i visit seattle, i'm all over those.

April 4 | Unregistered Commenterkate

I totally missed Martha's entire cupcake week. I'm a loser... I don't think I hardly watched TV at all this week :(

I need to get my butt up to Seattle and see all of these wonderful things you keep blabbing about!

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl
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