“Who Doesn’t Love a Cupcake”…is my motto in life but also the name of a talented cake company you have to know about for your next party!
Also this week, inspire your children with a once in a lifetime art exhibition happening in the heart of Golden Gate Park. The de Young Museum is offering you a great discount for all the family to see the Picasso exhibit. Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!
“Who Doesn’t Love a Cupcake”
I attended a birthday party recently and was so impressed by the selection of cupcakes served, not only did they look beautiful but they tasted so moist and delicious too. The children’s eyes lit up when they saw a plate of mini vanilla cupcakes brought out with little flowers on top, and proceeded to dive into them as soon as the birthday girl blew out the candles.
The party had a garden theme and the children were encouraged to plant flowers in the back yard, so when the adult cupcakes came out, my eyes lit up as they had individual vegetables on top of each one made out of fondant icing. Others had little signs with the different vegetable names like carrots, peas and radish planted on top of the chocolate ‘dirt’ icing…genius! They were so wonderful that I had to share the talented duo behind these creations on this week’s post.
|Photos by Adam Davies|
The cake company apply named “Who Doesn’t Love a Cupcake” is run by Miranda and Paulette who are based in Santa Rosa, and they cater for most occasions that you can celebrate with a cupcake! Miranda and Paulette explain their story to The Marin Scoop:
How did your journey begin to create “Who Doesn't Love a Cupcake”?
“It all started with Miranda trying to find a Christmas gift for her stepmother, which she could actually use. Miranda bought the book ‘Hello Cupcake!’ for her because she bakes amazing desserts. By the following Christmas, her stepmother hadn't made any of the cupcakes so Miranda asked to borrow the book to make cupcakes for her best friend, Paulette's birthday.
Paulette had been making amazing fondant decorated cakes for Miranda's birthdays for at least 3 years so at the end of last year she decided that it was time to reciprocate.
The cupcakes were so fun to make and made Paulette so happy that Miranda decided to try to make each of the cupcakes at least once. Miranda made three on her own and then roped Paulette into helping her. By this time, they had purchased their second book, ‘What's New Cupcake?’ and they were out of control, making cupcakes for birthdays at work, holidays, and just out of boredom.”
Miranda says; “We discovered that you can't be angry when making cupcakes. It was fun and a chance to spend time together while making others happy. My fiancé's co-workers were the test dummies for most of the first attempts. We can never thank the boys at 'Johnny Franklins Mufflers Shop' enough for being brave enough to try some of those creations!”
When did you start making cupcakes for occasions?
“We starting making cupcakes for birthdays at both of our jobs and realized they were an instant hit. Our first order came in May for a Mother’s Day party and we realized that not only should the cupcakes look great, but if people were going to pay for cupcakes, they needed to taste great too. We started to experiment with recipes from scratch. We found a great spice cake recipe and make homemade cream cheese frosting and it was such a hit that we vowed never to use boxed mix or canned frosting again. Since then we have created many different cupcake varieties using both the books and our own imaginations, anyone up for a chocolate bacon cupcake?
What flavors and toppings do you offer?
Our cake flavors include chocolate, vanilla butter, lemon, raspberry, even ‘chocolate bacon’ with frosting flavors; chocolate, vanilla, almond, raspberry, strawberry and lemon buttercream. We experiment with flavored whipped cream frosting and have just developed a great cream cheese frosting for a spice cake, also an almond cake with chocolate almond whipped cream frosting. We use candy, fondant, and candy melts to create the different aspects of our creations. It is an exciting challenge to try to create the perfect sweet treat for every occasion.
What is your inspiration for your designs?
“Our inspiration is the people the cupcakes are made for and we look forward to the challenge of finding that special theme for each person’s special occasion.
We recently did mini cupcakes for a first birthday and it was the greatest feeling to see pictures of all the babies holding our cupcakes with huge grins on their faces. That is what we started making cupcakes for; we want to bring little bits of happiness to people in the form of beautiful and fun cupcakes!”
If you would like to learn more about “Who Doesn’t Love a Cupcake” go to their Facebook Page and place an order through Email or by telephone: (Miranda tel: 707-799-4325 & Paulette tel: 707- 483-5942)
“Picasso: Masterpieces from Musée National Picasso, Paris”
The de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Teas garden Drive, Golden Gate Park
Encourage and inspire your children with artwork from the world’s most influential artist by visiting a once in a lifetime exhibition in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park!
The de Young Museum in San Francisco is offering the lucky readers of The Marin Scoop a special back to school family discount to see “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. The exhibition features 120 works spanning Pablo Picasso’s entire career – its art history up close and in person!
Receive a 20% discount on tickets for families by using the coupon id: PFAMILY when purchasing tickets on ‘de Young Museum website’ or in person at the museum box office.
Tickets must be purchased by September 2nd 2011 but are valid throughout the run of the show until October10th (limit is 6 tickets).
The clothing brand “Madewell” which makes great jeans and well-made separates from the J.Crew stable recently opened in San Francisco and will be opening another store on Aug 30th in http://www.villageatcortemadera.com/
Also the affordable fashion forward brand "Express"will be opening in the Northgate Mall in San Rafael this fall…watch the space for info!
TV Shows of the Week
Stylist to the celebrities Rachel Zoe is juggling red carpet drama with pregnancy in the new series of “The Rachel Zoe Project” starting Tuesday Sept 6th at 10.00 pm on Bravo TV
The women with serious money are back for a second series; ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' starts Monday Sept 5th at 9.00 pm on Bravo TV.
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