Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Food Business Founder Interview Series

In addition to cupcake business owners, I will start interviewing other food business founders about their business. I will ask them how they got started and other questions. If you are a budding food business entrepreneur, these are some of the questions that I would like to ask. How did you come up with the name and logo of your business? How are you funded? Did you go to culinary school? What is the one item on your menu that you would want a food critic to taste? What's the best thing about having your own food business? Other than your food, what's your favorite thing to eat? The first interview will go up next week after Labor Day. Please recommend people for me to interview in the comments section below. Thanks! Nichelle

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Booze, Cupcakes and Football? Yes, Please!

Hmm...This setup looks vaguely familiar and makes me feel somewhat nostalgic...
Delights By Dawn, an online gourmet cupcakery offering alcohol-infused cupcakes called "Toxycakes" has two stands in the Georgia Dome for the 2014 season, according to this article in USA Today. She's also had mentions in Sports Illustrated and FOX
KC Chiefs - get on board with this! I  might even come out of retirement for it ;).
You can also request these Delights online at

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kansas City Cupcake Co. Finally Opens a Storefront in KC

A new cupcake shop opened last month in Kansas City! The owner began by selling at First Fridays with a stand inside of Hello Sailor in West Bottoms and by pre-order only from her home for the past couple of years. Now they are located in a storefront in Mission that had previously been a Mexican restaurant, at 5038 Lamar in Mission, KS.

Kansas City Cupcake Co. has eight daily flavors of cupcakes and four different featured flavors each week. They also have offer scones, cake pops, dipped pretzels and more. Free delivery is available for a minimum one dozen regular cupcakes to metro area businesses or events, including parties, weddings, showers, birthdays, corporate events and others. Kansas City Cupcake Co. is open for phone orders and deliveries Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the store is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. They are also still available at Hello Sailor during First Fridays in West Bottoms and at The MIXX at 4855 Main Street & 1347 Main Street.

Rest assured, I will get down there soon to review the cupcakes themselves in person!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There's Alway Room For S'mores Cupcakes

S'mores cupcakes are a favorite. I have seen them in many ways, but I really like the toasted marshmallows on top. Photo by Yeasaris.

S'mores Cupcake

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival's 2nd Annual Cupcake Battle is Now Taking Applications

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is set for its 2nd Annual Cupcake Battle the last weekend of September.  Last year, I was lucky enough to be one of the judges and this was by far the largest and best cupcake contest I have ever participated in.  Do yourself a favor and sign up to compete, but bring your A game because the quality of entrants last year was amazing.  Judging is based on taste, texture, decoration and theme.  It's a great deal and a lot of fun!

Here is their call on FB:

"All Amateur and Professional bakers are invited to compete in our 2nd Annual Cupcake Battle!!! Grab your apron and mixing bowl to whip up your best cupcake recipe for a chance to win great prizes and bragging rights of the best cupcake in the Realm."

Learn more and register here:

                All amateur and professional bakers are invited to compete in the new Cupcake Battle! Grab your apron and mixing bowl to whip up your best cupcake recipe for a chance to win great prizes and bragging rights of the best cupcake in the Realm. Cost is $20 per person per day and includes a free admission ticket!
*The Professional category of the Cupcake Battle is for competitors with any culinary or professional baking experience.
One of last year's winners, inside and out:

Monday, August 18, 2014

For Back To School: Loom Band Cupcakes

Do you have or know a kid who is into loom bands? If you go to Michael's or any craft store, you will see them. Check out these Loom Band cupcakes!
Loom Band Cupcakes

Bakery Closing: Addictions Cupcakery in Kansas City, MO

On April 24th, Addictions Cupcakery posted this status:
With regret, we wish to inform our customers that our final day of business will be this Saturday (4/26/14). We have truly loved getting to know each and every one of you! THANK YOU for letting us be a part of your lives in helping you celebrate your special days, the birth of your children, your anniversaries, weddings, graduations, and the many ways that we celebrate life! We appreciate your continued support and wish you all the very best;).
Please come see us on or before Saturday to get your final fix!"

The store had only been open for 1.5 years and specialized in decadent flavor/name combinations and specialty diet cupcakes.  The store was very attractive, with creative and professional window and interior displays, but it was off the beaten path in the Zona Rosa shopping center where it was based.  I myself have reviewed it a couple of times for this blog, but unfortunately, more often than not found the cupcakes themselves disappointing and overpriced. They had also competed at this year's Sugar Rush, the premiere local sweets competition in February in Kansas City. Perhaps that was a last ditch effort to garner recognition that would bring in customers or maybe just a last hurrah. 

Here are some of my favorite pictures from their FB page:

No reason for the closure was given.  Seems the devil was in the details in the end...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lips Cupcakes by Juli Jacklin

It's been a rough week, so these cupcakes are making me smile.Check out Juli Jacklin's blog.