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Sweet Giveaway: Macaron Art!

Guess what? It's that special time of year when CakeSpy's Head Spy Jessie celebrates her birthday. Booyea!

What does that mean for you, though? Well, if you're in Seattle, it means that there will be free birthday cake every day this week (Tue-Sun) at the CakeSpy Shop! First come first served. 

But even if you're not in Seattle you can enter to win some totally sweet stuff! There will be giveaways all week, starting with this super sweet prize pack, perfect for macaron lovers: a miniature original watercolor CakeSpy painting (the original! Not a print!) of macarons and burger hanging out, and the cutest crochet macaron you've ever seen, made by the lovely and amazing Alicia Kachmar! 

Want to put yourself in the running? Simply put your answer to the important baked-good question below in the comments section below. This giveaway will close on Sunday, August 29 at 12 p.m. PST, and the winner will be contacted shortly after. US and Canada entries only this time, please!

Are macarons "the new cupcake"?

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Reader Comments (151)

I think they are! I would not be surprised if we say macaron shops show up all over. However, I hope they don't. I like feeling like macarons are special little treats that you can't get just anywhere.

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

They sure seem to be! I see them everywhere.

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterMyra

No- I think the Whoopie Pie is becoming the new Cupcake!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Noooo not the new cupcake :D I can't see people ordering a dozen macarons to celebrate someone's birthday. I think they are just a nice accent piece to a dessert table. I agree with Bonnie - they should be special little treats you can't just get anywhere. I think of them more as a pinkies out kinda treat.


August 24 | Unregistered CommenterKristin A.

They sure are gaining popularity like wildfire~ I want to see their popularity grow just like it did for cupcakes :)

August 24 | Unregistered Commentercatherine

happy birthday!!! And although I love them ever since visiting paris with the hubby years ago, my kids have nut allergies so kinda mean to make them when they can't eat them....hmmm can you make them almondless? or use some other nut free substitute? Got myself thinking now....!

August 24 | Unregistered Commentersugarswings

Happy Birthday! No way, I just can't believe it. Cupcakes forever!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Hmm, tough. I can't seem to bring myself to bring them as am alternate to a borthday party...BUT I would definitely have them as a side! Yum!!!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I wish they were they new cupcake. After visiting Paris and having many wonderful macarons it is so sad to come back to Austin and find really bad macarons.


August 24 | Unregistered CommenterSydney85

I don't think they'll replace the cupcake, but they sure are darn good!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

Please note that I did not write that Whoopie Pie comment ; ) and Happy Almost Birthday Jessie. I am bringing by another birthday girls today for some cake!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey

Hmm. I LOVE cupcakes and I can make cupcakes pretty easily. But macarons (while DELICIOUS) are so tough to create! I kind of hope they DO become the new cupcake, so we can get some yummy macaron places open here in St. Louis :)

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterKaylen

Yes; however, whoopie pies are fast approaching!!

August 24 | Unregistered Commenterrose

Macarons, the new cupcake? Get out! Macarons are entirely too fancy (yet plain) to be the next cupcake.

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae

No way! Not accessible enough to amateur bakers and too hard to say. The cupcake will remain king.

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterJacqueline

No! Nothing can replace cupcakes!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterKori

Macarons have already had their heyday! Delicious and beautiful, but without the sticking power of cupcakes, I think ;)

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I think they will have a moment of substantial fame and glory but I doubt that it would ever knock the cupcake out of popularity.
I see a hybrid inthe near future for gluttons like myself, a macron on top of a cupcake or baked inside of a cupcake. This would be a momentous hybrid for me. :)

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterNick the Hat

I cannot imagine anything replacing the cupcake... I would never say no to a macaroon, but I would NEVER EVER EVER say no to a cupcake... or a dozen. A macaroon is like a little tease for your sweet tooth, but it takes a cupcake to really cure that sweet tooth :) So, no, the macaroon is not the new cupcake. They are not in competition because they are so different. Apples and oranges. Macaroons and cupcakes. Just friends. Not competitors.

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterLogan

Although I love macaroons, you get more satisfaction with just one cupcake as opposed to just one macaroon.

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterBella

Macarons are a much better pastry and treat. But not everybody can eat almonds. Cupcakes fulfill a different role for birthdays and celebrations that a mac cannot because they are so elegant. Can you imagine a 3 year old wanting a macaron over a cupcake for their birthday?

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterStasi

No, I don't think they can replace the cupcake!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Yes! But cupcakes are here to stay!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

Happy Birthday!!! The new cupcake? Hmmmm, that might take a lot of thought and a lot of sampling!!!

August 24 | Unregistered Commenteryvonnew

A cupcake will always be a cupcake. A macaroon will always be a macaroon.
No two shall ever be the same. Both shall always be heralded as sugary greatness.

(But in my opinion, cupcakes are always the best!)

August 24 | Unregistered Commenterbridge
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