It was two years ago this month that I had my very first paying customer. An order for a kids' Halloween party. I made these spooky sider cupcakes:
I was a bit crushed when the client told me that her French guests didn't know what to make of my cupcakes -- the kids were somewhat scared to eat them, the moms incredulous that they were being offered food that looked like spiders! Then she added however that the American moms ate them up and of course, her kids loved them. And so began my life as a humble cupcake baker in Paris!
I still have the 20 euro bill I was paid with for that order which marked an important turning point in my life. And to celebrate my 2 years in business, I wanted to share something special with the people who have made it all possible.
I have a few prizes to give away as I head into my 3rd year in business. The first comes from Sassy Apron in Arizona. These are definitely not your mom's aprons!
I discovered Sassy Apron this past summer when I was trying to figure out how to outfit my sales staff at Printemps Nation. Lana, the owner and seamstress, is a delight to work with and she is amazingly talented! Not only are her sassy aprons beautiful but they are hand-crafted with the utmost attention to detail and I just love her original designs. I wouldn't think of baking without mine (pictured above) and neither should you! I will be giving away this 100% cotton Sassy Apron half-apron with cute cupcake print from Robert Kaufman's Confections Collection, trimmed with Michael Miller's Clover Dot in Lime to 1 lucky winer:
The next gift comes from a gal who like me, has a thing for cupcakes!
Gaëlle from Ma Peste Adorée here in France makes the most adorable mini food jewelry I have ever seen, including some seriously cute cupcake earrings. Her jewelry is all hand-crafted from Fimo; each piece is unique. 1 lucky winner is getting a pair of cupcake earrings of their choice from Ma Peste Adorée!
I met Ludivine who runs Made in Cupcake, during this past summer's Cupcake Camp. On her site you'll find lots of cupcake recipes, tips, news and other fun goodies. And fabulous news for cupcakes bakers, the Made in Cupcake online boutique, which offers a select assortment of high-end baking supplies with a retro feel, has just opened!
I discovered these cupcake kits while in New York 2 summers ago and am delighted to see them now on this side of the pond! 1 lucky winner is going to get a cupcake kit with the theme of their choice from Made in Cupcake. They are all so adorable -- I'll take one of each please!
Last but not least, this contest would not be complete without real cupcakes....authentic, American-style cupcakes to be exact! I am giving away 1 dozen cupcakes with the theme of your choice to 1 lucky winner. Just let me know about 1 week in advance of when you want them and I'll bake them fresh for you the day of your order.
The contest is open to participants WORLDWIDE. The first 3 prizes will be shipped to the winners; as for the Sugar Daze cupcakes -- sorry, but you'll have to come pick those up yourself in the 17th.
So whaddya gotta do to win? Leave me a comment below telling me about the best cupcake you have ever eaten and what it is that made it so great. Please be sure to mention which prize you'd be interested in winning. Contest is open til 31 October. I'll be picking 4 winners at random and announcing them on 4 November. For an extra entry, Tweet about this giveaway, including the link and my Twitter name (@sugar_daze), and leave a separate comment with a link to the tweet.
Good luck to you all and many thanks for 2 great years of cupcakes!
PS the name of this post refers to the #1 song on the Billboard charts on the day of my first order -- Whatever You Like by T.I. ( a rather fitting title if you ask me!).