Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes Just Keep Getting Better and Better.

OK, so before we talk about Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes, we're going to talk about: Jenne.
Jenne has been working at the cake shop for a little over a month, starting on Valentine's Day, and then on the Grand Opening day, and now, well, pretty much every day. Jenne is fun, funny, smart, and competent. She's also a crafter and a blogger! (who knew?) Check out her etsy shop a little forgery and her blog. Jenne, thanks for totally rocking so hard!
Ahem. And now, on to the cupcakes!
We really nailed the Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes today. A fact made all the more exciting due to the fact that I got a fancy hand-me-down camera! (thanks dad!) And, as Jenne showed me, this fancy new camera has Macro capabilities, which apparently means we can take AWESOME close-up pictures. Observe:

So, as you can see, you put the topping in first (sans liner), followed by the pineapple and pecans (and cherries if you so desire), then the batter on top. Bake, and then de-pan (quickly!) Yum!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Big Weekend at the Cake Shop!

All photos by Zen! Thank you, Zen, for sharing your talent and photos with us.

What an incredible day! Howard Street Handmade was a huge success. The vendors showed an amazing array of crafts, the neighborhood was buzzing, and the Cake Shop did a booming business all day. We also had a great article and photo gallery in the Sunday Citizen-Times, and the Citizen-Times Online. Thanks everybody, for a great event! See you at the next Howard Street Handmade, April 18!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


I am so freaking excited for spring that I'm wearing the brightest lemon yellow sweater I've ever seen in my life! (just my little way of celebrating spring when its still 28 degrees in these here hills). But I've been eagerly watching the crocuses, quince, forsythia, hyacinth, and even cherry blossoms bloom over the last week, and it stirs my heart and brightens my mind.
Here's some other things that have been inspiring me lately:

1) Jasper at the cake shop. Can you believe how GIGANTIC he is? How did he get so grown up? It kind of freaks me out. I love our days together at the cake shop. I think he's taken a shine to baking, and it makes me so happy. (although far less inspiring is the crappy camera I got to replace the fancy one I used to have, that got run over by a school bus two days after I left it on top of the car, but that's another story.)

2) Bake it Pretty and every little thing.

I met Amanda at the Big Crafty, and fell in love with her cupcake toppers and baking supplies. We're lucky that she moved her web shop and family to our town! Her blogs are awesome, too (she has a baking blog and a personal blog), and she happens to like the Cake Shop, too.

3) The Runaway Circus!
If you come to the Cake Shop tomorrow between noon and 3, I won't be here, because I want to take Jasper the Runaway Circus! I haven't seen them perform yet, and I'm so excited! Sadye and the other Cirqueistas are highly trained, Serious Clowns. I can't wait!

hmmm... what else... Oh, yeah!
Howard Street Handmade!

Today! 11 to 5. I'm so excited! Yay, Spring!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I love those boys at Harvest Records.

And chances are, you do too. So saunter on up to their sweet little record shop on Saturday, during, before, or after you get your cupcake, coffee, and browse Howard Street Handmade, because they are having a 10% off everything in the store sale!!!!
From their newsletter:
Spring Cleaning -- SALE THIS SATURDAY!!

Ladies, Gentlemen
Spring is upon us.
Time to get rid of the old, and make room for the new.

That is why
THIS SATURDAY (March 21st)
from 11am-9pm

We're having a SALE!!

okie dokie?


Find them just up the street from the Cake Shop, on haywood, you know, over by harvest records.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Family Business

Jasper, garnishing the coconut cupcakes with toasted coconut:

I love Thursdays, when Jasper comes with me to work!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Long-Awaited: New Menu!

A pre-design preview of our new menu: including- Some Familiar Flavors, plus some new ones, and some delightfully new prices (all cakes are now the same price! Classic and Deluxe have become one!):

strawberry short street
fresh strawberries baked in to a sour cream pound cake with strawberry cream cheese icing.

caramel apple cake
our signature cake. fresh apples baked in a brown sugar cake covered in caramel cream cheese icing.

triple chocolate ganache
deep dark chocolate cake frosted with whipped ganache then topped with melted ganache.

carrot spice cake
carrots, walnuts, and raisins baked with 5 spices and covered in cream cheese icing.

classic coconut cake
coconut white cake iced with coconut cream cheese icing and covered in toasted coconut.

mardi gras queen cake
pineapple white cake soaked in bourbon, drizzled with coconut pecan topping. saucy!

raspberry almond white cake
rich almond white cake with a crushed raspberry filling and almond buttercream icing. (vegan or buttery.)

georgia hummingbird cake
Pineapple, pecans, banana, and strawberries baked in a vanilla cake topped with cream cheese icing.

pumpkin spice cake
rich spiced butter cake with cream cheese icing.

aunt tissy’s italian cream cake
buttermilk coconut cake, with pecan cream cheese icing

raspberry white chocolate cake
fresh raspberries baked in sour cream pound cake and covered in white chocolate buttercream icing.

vegan lemondrop cake
vegan white cake with lemon zest and a vegan lemon cream cheese icing.

ashevelvet cake
red velvet the way it was meant to be. brown.

blueberry lemon cream
Light lemon cake with blueberry cream cheese icing

german chocolate cake
a light chocolate butter cake with a coconut and pecan topping

vegan vanilla
our classic pound cake, without the eggs or dairy. your choice of one add-on ingredient

peach cake
rich vanilla, sweet peaches.

vegan deep dark chocolate cake
rich, silken chocolate layer cake.

mexican chocolate cake
deep dark chocolate cake, with cayenne and cinnamon added.

banana pudding cake
vanilla cake baked with banana, filled with vanilla custard and garnished with vanilla wafers. available in vegan or buttery.

minis: $1
cupcakes: $2
small round cake (2-layer 6-inch): $18
medium round cake (2-layer 8-inch): $22
large round cake (3-layer 9-inch): $38
quarter sheet cake (2-layer): $40
half sheet cake (2-layer): $75
whole sheet cake (2-layer): $125

add-on items:
fruit filling
additional ingredient
small: $5
medium: 8
large: $10
¼ sheet cake: $12
½ sheet cake: $15
full sheet cake: $18

prices include personalized message.
most orders can be filled within 48 hours.