19 June 2010

The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow

Well, at least I hope it does.....Two of my most frequent customers and getting married and I hope the sky will clear for them. After a week of glorious weather here in Paris, I don't think it got above 60 degrees today and it feels more like October than the end of June!

T & L are a really cute couple who booked their wedding order with me back in November. They have been huge fans and I thank them for their support! (One of the kindest compliments I ever had was on their return from London when they told me they hadn't tasted a single cupcake that even came close to mine. Really? Aw shucks!).

The colors of their wedding are lavender, light green, pink and cornflower blue. They were tremendous to work with -- sending me everything from a Powerpoint presentation that showed some images for what they had in mind, to going through my cupcake photos and picking ones that were in-line with their tastes. They even went so far as to order the cupcake liners (originally they found an Etsy supplier in California but decided later on to go with a plain silver foil which was easily found in the UK). I only wish every wedding client could be so inspired.

The assortment of cupcakes they chose for the wedding are: Caramel Dolce (vanilla bean cake with caramel frosting which I tinted light green and added handmade gumpaste flowers and sprinkles), Vanilla Lovers (vanilla bean cake and buttercream which I topped with a single pink pearl dragee), Chocolate Squared (chocolate cake and bttercream which also got handmade gumpaste flowers and pearl and silver dragees),

Cookies n Cream (these aren't pretty so I covered them in discs made of gumpaste which I embossed with butterflies), Broadway Blueberry Swirl (lightly scented lemon cakes studded with blueberries and topped with a swirled blueberry and lemon buttercream), Berry Berry Good (vanilla cakes with strawberry buttercream and handmade gumpaste flowers) and California Dreaming (lemon cakes with pistachio buttercream).

The last piece was the giant cupcake which they decided upon just a few weeks ago. I amde a lemon cake with a layer of strawberry buttercream in the center and then covered it with vanilla bean buttercream and handmade gumpaste flowers.

To T & L, I wish you nothing but sunshine in your lives, for tomorrow and forever. My sincerest congratulations to you, and enjoy tomorrow (and the cupcakes)! Okay gotta go translate this into French so I can leave the same message for them where they can read it! :)

11 June 2010

From Every Mountainside, Let Cupcakes Ring

For those of you who follow me on twitter or Facebook, I doubt you could have escaped the fact that I am getting ready to host the first ever Paris edition of Cupcake Camp. You can check out our blog for all the details of this event but in case you have never heard of it, Cupcake Camp is a concept that was kicked off a few years ago in San Francisco by a gal named Ariel Waldman and it has slowly been spreading across the globe. The concept is simple -- we will assemble a group of cupcake lovers to meet and greet, and eat cupcakes in a fun and festive environment! Cupcake Camps have happened and are being planned in literally every corner of the world from Perth to Ireland from Bombay to Buenos Aires. And I am just pleased as punch to be a part of this cupcake celebration.

I was inspired to volunteer to host Cupcake Camp after reading a series of articles published by the organizer of Cupcake Camp New York on the blog Cupcakes Take the Cake. Cupcakes have been taking Paris by storm in recent months, and I have literally been bombarded by emails and comments on my blogs, FB page, etc. by eager cupcake amateurs who want to learn the secrets of cupcake baking and making, and by those who are just dying to taste a cupcake. It got me thinking that a Paris Cupcake Camp would be a great way to share my passion and know-how with all those cupcake fans out there. Then a few months back, I was interviewed by a recent NYU grad for an article he was writing on the cupcake craze in Paris. A devout cupcake lover and baker, Bryan was just as excited by Cupcake Camp as I was and thankfully when I asked him if he wanted to co-host with me, the answer was a resounding YES! I honestly do not know how I would have been able to pull this off without him.

So, we have assembled an amazing group of sponsors, and we have RSVPs from every major cupcake baker and bakery in Ile de France. I am just as excited about the number of cupcake baking hobbyists who have volunteered to bring cupcakes and have discovered some wonderful local cupcake blogs in the process. We have people traveling from all over France to come, heck, we even have some confirmations from the UK and even Babette at BakeSpace in LA wrote to tell me she would like to attend! So at 3 1/2 weeks out, we have already exceeded our goal of 100 attendees but we say the more the merrier! And we could certainly use some more attendees who are willing to bring cupcakes to share.

We racked our brains to come up with some fun and original contests and hope that many of you will be inspired to enter them. I am personally thinking of competing in the Summer-Inspired Cupcake and Pop Culture categories, and of course I couldn't skip the Most All-American Cupcake. There are some awesome, and I mean AWESOME prizes that have been donated by our sponsors for these contests too.

Last but not least, I should mention that we have decided to carry on the tradition of making our Cupcake Camp a fund-raiser. Thanks to my friend Corina, who designed our fantastic Cupcake Camp Paris poster, we found out about a charity started by her Haitian mother-in-law called Rebuilding Haiti Now. They have been busy raising funds and doing on-the-ground work in Haiti to help those most affected by the earthquake there earlier this year. Their focus is primarily on rebuilding homes and schools for the families who lost everything in this tragic event. All monies, minus administrative expenses, raised at Cupcake Camp will be donated to this worthwhile cause.

Heard enough? Are you ready to join us? Then get yourself over to our Facebook page and RSVP. If you plan on baking cupcakes, you will need to pre-register them with us by June 20th. Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Cupcake Camp Paris
Sunday, 4 July
Bistrot Vivienne
4 rue des Petits Champs
75002 Paris
entry: 10 euros (good for 1 drink -- coffee, tea or soft drink -- and all the cupcakes you can eat!)

PS Excluding the poster, the pics in this post don't really have much to do with Cupcake Camp. They are just some recent orders I have worked on!