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Friday
Mar232012

Cake Byte: Hi-Hat Cupcakes at Trophy Cupcakes

Trophy High-Hat Cupcake (photo: trophy cupcakes)

Dudes. Dudettes. I love this time of year.

The cherry blossoms are in bloom, Creme Eggs are in abundance...and in Seattle, Trophy Cupcakes' most anticipated cupcake of the year is returning Easter weekend: The Marshmallow Hi-Hat!

 Appearing just two days per year, the Hi-Hat Cupcake is made by "topping Trophy’s decadent Valrhona chocolate cupcake with a sky-high swirl of pastel-tinted marshmallow frosting, and then they are hand-dipped in semi-sweet Callebaut chocolate! Pretty pastel marshmallow, rich Belgian chocolate, and moist Valrhona cake all rolled into one amazing confection."

This epic sweet will be available at all Trophy locations on Saturday, April 7, and at the University Village and Pacific Place locations on Sunday, April 8! 

The treats can be ordered in advance. For those interested in a Saturday, April 7 delivery, orders must be confirmed by Friday, April 6. Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/trophy.cupcakes and Twitter at @trophycupcakes for delivery specials! 

Wednesday
Mar212012

Cake Byte: CakeSpy Featured on Martha Stewart's Website

Curious about the life of a Spy? Well, you can find some sweet details--including the secrets of my sweet life, including my baking essentials, secret wish list, and the guilty-pleasure ingredients I cannot live without! 

Hint: the color hot pink, and rainbow-hued food, are included.

To get the full story, check out the sweet interview I did on the Martha Stewart website. Martha and I, by the way, will be hanging out (because obviously we're BFF) at the upcoming Pillsbury Bake-off.

Check out the interview here!

Friday
Mar092012

Cake Byte: Girl Scout Cookie-Inspired Cupcakes at Trophy Cupcakes

Trophy Cupcakes are made of awesome this month, as proven by their March newsletter:

Governor Gregoire declared 2012 The Year of the Girl. Yesterday, March 9,  we celebrated International Women's Day, and next Monday, March 12 we're celebrating Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary! In true Trophy Cupcakes and Party fashion, we've created a limited edition "Scout" cupcake series; each delicious cupcake is inspired by our favorite Girl Scout Cookies! 

Here are the flavors, in their words:

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter – our Valhrona chocolate cake set atop a chocolate cookie crust, filled with peanut butter buttercream, dipped in dark chocolaty ganache, and topped with a sprinkling of fleur de sel and peanuts – is an ode to Tagalongs.

Samoas – Valhrona chocolate cake, filled with caramel cream, and topped with coconut buttercream, toasted coconut, and a drizzle of house-made caramel sauce – pays homage to the caramelly, deliciousness that are Samoas. 

Thin Mint - our dark, chocolate cookie crust cupcake, filled with mint buttercream, dipped in dark chocolate ganache, and topped with a cute, green buttercream leaf.

These "Scout" cakes are perfect for every Girl Scout celebration! Pick them up at any of the four Trophy Cupcakes and Party shops from March 12-18! Locations here. For everyday updates, check them out at facebook.com/trophy.cupcakes and Twitter at @trophycupcakes for delivery specials! To schedule a Trophy Mobile cupcake delivery, please call 206.632.7020! 

Wednesday
Mar072012

Sweet March: Irish Cake Bomb Cupcakes from Cupcake Royale

Get ready for some sweet, boozy awesomeness this March at Cupcake Royale!

They're bringing on the sweet season with "Irish Cake Bomb"...and it's pretty amazing!

Luck of the Irish is coming early with our booziest cupcake yet! Introducing the Irish Cake Bomb. Chocolate cake made with Elliot Bay No Doubt Stout, filled with a Jameson Whiskey buttercream frosting and kissed with an Irish Cream whipped frosting. Get ready to do an Irish jig!

But wait, there's more:

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Come by and enjoy our Whiskey Maple Bacon, made with Jameson's Whiskey or a Peppermint Party- Our cupcakes will be dressed up for the occasion

For more information or to order these cakes, visit the Cupcake Royale website.

Wednesday
Feb012012

Book. Number. Two.

YES! Book #2!

I'd like to make a very happy, sweet, and sugar-and-love-coated announcement.

The announcement is that I have a book deal.

My second book deal.

That's right: CakeSpy's second book is in the works!

I know, I know. You're still reeling from the awesomeness of book one, published through Sasquatch Books and entitled CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life , which was featured on the Today Show, and which LA Weekly dubbed one of the "best 2011 baking books for those in need of a Martha Stewart Detox".

Good news!

Gosh, maybe you haven't even bought the book yet. But it's totally ok, because you can still purchase the book here, here, and here. Go ahead and do that now.

But I digress. Back to book #2!

 

Oh no!

This one, also published through Sasquatch Books, is going to be super-special to me, as it is going to delve into the interesting history and back-stories behind many of my favorite sweet treats. It's going to be totally intellectual. And totally amusing. Perfect for the baked-goods buff, exploring the lure and lore of your favorite treats!

The Eclair

Now, don't start holding your breath for it *quite* yet, as its scheduled publication isn't til 2013 (that's after this year)...but I know you're going to be giving me e-high fives and cyber-hugs and keeping me motivated and on deadline til then! Right? Right?

Thanks again to everyone who has supported me and my work--I couldn't have gotten book deal #2 without YOU!

Friday
Jan272012

And the Winner Is...

OK, sweeties. I know you've been just dying to hear the results of our totally sweet "So You Wanna Be a CakeSpy?" contest! 

To remind you, this contest is inspired by my awesome book, CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life (October 2011). And the prizes were incredible--winner receives an all expenses paid trip to Seattle to hang out and eat cake with ME!

And I want you to know why it's taken such a long time to decide.

Because first, there were hundreds of entries. And we (a committee of me, trusted baker friends, and Sasquatch Books staffers) had to narrow it down to just 30 finalists. Man, that was hard!

And then, I opened it up to readers to vote for their favorite in whatever they'd like--facebook likes, Flickr likes, comments on the site, and even in email or Twitter form. Sheesh! Were they ever difficult to count up!

And then, after they were counted up, I said "I simply cannot do this anymore! How can I decide!" and took the pressure off of myself by taking myself out of the final voting process, instead passing on the top 5 based on votes, and had the committee to the final voting for me.

The finalists were judged on creativity, craveability, and overall embodiment of the CakeSpy spirit.

And, without further delay, here are the three winners.

Finalist 1: Neapolitan Blondie Bars

Grand Prize: Neapolitan Blondie Bars by Molly Allen! Per committee input: "not rainbow but multi-hued, and certainly whimsical and rich and delicious in the CakeSpy tradition." Molly wins: The Grand Prize, provided in partnership with Sasquatch Books--a trip for two to CakeSpy headquarters in Seattle and a visit to one of MY favorite bakeries for an afternoon of sweet treats. Other prizes include original signed CakeSpy artwork, CakeSpy goodies such as unicorn socks, and signed copies of CakeSpy Presents.

Finalist 28: The Veruca

Prize 2: The "Veruca" by Mary P.! (finalist 28). Per committee input: "Brownie GOOD marshmallow GOOD choc Rice Crispy treat GOOD". Mary wins a copy of my book and a gift certificate to CakeSpy Shop!

Finalist 14: Frau Brownies

Prize 3: Frau Brownies by Linda H.! Per committee input: "I think I just gained 20 pounds. In the best way possible." Linda wins a copy of the book and a gift certificate to CakeSpy Shop!

But even after taking myself out of the voting, I've decided that I simply couldn't ignore the awesome factor and am therefore assigning two more "Honarable Awesome" prizes--each will get a signed copy of the CakeSpy book, AND a pair of cupcake unicorn robot socks! These will go to:

Finalist 15: Cookie Time

Cookie Time! By Blondie & Brownie

Finalist 19: Funfetti Cake Balls

Agent Oink's Funfetti Cake Balls (Finalist 19)

If you're a winner, congratulations! We'll get in contact over the weekend for your deets. Thank you to EVERYONE who entered the contest - you are all truly an inspiration and have made me feel so sweet indeed.

Monday
Jan232012

Cake Byte: Cupcake Royale Brings Back the Deathcake Royale!

Image: Cupcake RoyaleIt's that time of year again. That beautiful time of year when Cupcake Royale brings the Deathcake Royale back to the masses, for a limited time only.

As they put it:

DEATHCAKE IS HERE - Seattle's most lovingly lethal cupcake is back – reformulated in a sharable babysize.

In a laboratory explosion of sheer genius, the Cupcake Royale scientists created the cult fave Deathcake Royale: Theo Chocolate decadence fused with Stumptown Espresso Ganache and accessorized with a pinch of fleur de sel.

Personally, while I loved the scale of the big version, the smaller version is still crazy delicious, and probably better for your health. I'll just eat three to make up for the dainty size, ok?

For more, visit the Cupcake Royale website!

Thursday
Jan122012

CakeSpy's Twinkie Killing Spree Featured on CNN!

You guys. My Twinkie Killing Spree is apparently big news--not only has it been called "mostly stupid" by Eater SF, but it was also featured on CNN! (Am I the only one who sees the humor in that sentence?

Watch the video on CNN by clicking the clip above, or find the link here. I'm also mentioned on their Eatocracy blog! And congratulate me on my entry into Twinkie Pop Culture history!

Monday
Dec122011

CakeSpy Book Featured on The Today Show!

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Dudes. Dudettes.

My book was totally on the TODAY Show!!!

Really, I've said all the big news--watch the video for yourself by playing the video clip above, or clicking here.

A big huge thanks to Jennifer Pooley for suggesting me for the segment, and to John Searles for choosing my sweet little book!

If you're excited about CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life, well, it's conveniently available at Urban OutfittersBarnes and Noble, and many other fine retailers. Also don't forget to enter this totally sweet contest to enter to win an all expenses paid trip to Seattle to come eat cake with me!

Tuesday
Dec062011

Sweet December: Cupcake Royale Debuts the Boozy Rumball Cupcake

Don't fall into a holi-daze.

Rather, eat a boozy cake and stay in sweet spirits!

Totally sweet news: Cupcake Royale has debuted a new flavor, the "Boozy Rumball", for December. Described as "a cupcake that takes the edge off...we add a generous pour of Meyer's Dark Rum into our rich and spicy frosting and then roll it in a streusel of walnuts and cinnamon atop our delicious chocolate cake." 

One is inclined, as they advise, to "think of it as holiday's little helper!".

This cupcake will be available daily (while supplies last, of course) all November long at Cupcake Royale locations (where you can also buy my book, CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life , btw). For directions and more info, visitcupcakeroyale.com.

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