Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
We sat down with Anthony Valerio of ConfeXion Cupcakes+Cake (formerly Wonderland Custom Cakes) to discuss all the amazing achievements and changes he and his bakery have undergone in the past year.
Tell us about yourself!
|Auntie Vandy & Anthony Valerio|
ConfeXion Cupcakes+Cake is best known for being two-time Cupcake Wars champions, however you’ve won various other awards as well (LA’s Best Cupcake, Pasadena’s Best). To what do you attribute this amazing success?
|Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting|
|Cupcake Gelato Sundae|
|German Chocolate Signature Couture Cake|
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
This fun way of letting their customers know they do cupcake delivery is by Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena, California, via their Facebook page. Visit dotscupcakes.com for more information and follow them @dotscupcakes on Twitter. New flavors include vanilla lavender, chocolate espresso, meyer lemon, oh honey and maple and bacon (macon) and they've also got personalized cupcakes and cute cupcake boxes.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
A big trend in cakes and cupcakes is having a party or baby shower to reveal your future child's gender with pink or blue frosting inside. Here's a gender reveal cupcake cake by Polkatots Cupcakes in Pasadena, California, via their Facebook page and question mark cupcakes by Cupcake Adventures, via Flickr. Visit Cupcake Adventures to see what was inside.
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Some of the latest cute cupcakes by bakery Polkatots in Pasadena, California, via their Facbeook page. Visit polkatotscupcakes.com for more information on their shop and how to order your own custom cupcake cake.
Friday, July 06, 2012
|Vandy and Anthony of Wonderland Custom Cakes|
Monday, July 02, 2012
|via Wonderland Custom Cakes|
Congratulations to Wonderland Custom Cakes for becoming two time Cupcake Wars Champions! Anthony Valerio and his Aunt Vandy successfully beat out three other previous Cupcake Wars winners!
Stay tuned for an interview with Anthony later this week as we go into the mind of a Cupcake Wars Champion!
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Cupcake cakes from some of the masters of the form, Polkatots Cupcakes, via their Facebook page. Contact them at fun at polkatotscupcakes.com or 626-798-3932 or visit polkatotscupcakes.com for more information.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
An idea for next Valentine's Day or whenever you want to show some love...a pull-apart heart cupcake cake made of red rose cupcakes! By Polkatots Cupcakes in Pasadena, California, via their Facebook page. See polkatotscupcakes.com for more information.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Last week I had the privilege of attending Wonderland Custom Cakes' Grand Opening in Old Town Pasadena. If you're a regular reader of CTTC you'll know I posted an interview with the owner, Anthony Valerio. Even under the stress of running his brand new shop Anthony and Vandy were kind enough to show me their kitchen! When I arrived at 11:00am they had already completely sold out of cupcakes! One of the employees let me know that they were baking more cupcakes at the moment and to come back in a few hours. I came back around 2:00 and they were still out! Fortunately, Anthony was kind enough to offer to send me cupcakes so I could still post this lovely review for you all!
|Outside the Store Front|
|Anthony Valerio and his Aunt Vandy|
|Special Home Delivery!|
|Chocolate Bacon Caramel|
|Chocolate Bacon Caramel (Inside)|
|Chai Latte (Inside)|
|Royal Red Velvet|
|Royal Red Velvet (Inside)|
All in all, Wonderland Custom Cakes is a cupcakery that everyone needs to visit or order cupcakes from. These Cupcake War champions definitely earned their win. Anthony and his team aren't afraid to push the boundaries of conventional flavors and works hard to ensure that his cupcakes emulate what he bases them on.
If you're in the LA area head over to the new storefront to grab one of these sweet treats for yourself! If not, order online! Wonderland Custom Cakes ships!
Wonderland Custom Cakes
107 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Saturday, January 14, 2012
|Via Wonderland Custom Cakes|
Monday, January 09, 2012
|Anthony and Vandy|
My name is Anthony Valerio. I am 28 years old. Originally born in Philadelphia and raised in south Jersey. I now reside in the Los Angeles area. Our store is located at 107 South Fair Oaks Avenue in the historical Old Town section of Pasadena CA. Website: www.wonderlandcustomcakes.com
What inspired your love of cupcakes?
Truthfully, Cupcake Wars did. Before that, I hadn’t really done much in the way of cupcakes. Of course that’s all changed now….but you know, I was doing specialty fondant cakes. And then this show came along and I thought it would be a blast to try out for it and see what happens. Well, when the producers called to tell us they wanted us on the show….I thought to myself, hmm, better start figuring out how to make kick-ass cupcakes. And so that love was born! LOL
Well, it’s an interesting story actually…for my birthday a few years ago, I decided I was going to buy myself a huge 3-tier topsy-turvy cake. I designed it to be colorful and whimsical. When I picked it up from the bakery, I thought, I bet I can do that…and wouldn’t it be a blast to try! Well, I did and it was. I taught myself all of the techniques and began practicing in my spare time. It was a challenging transition for me because at the time I was working as a strategic trial consultant and had vast knowledge in graphic design. So this was a completely different and exciting artistic outlet…there was no “undo” button if you made a mistake. Being faced with that challenge, plus structural challenges of creating art out of food and also the challenge of making it taste good really ignited passion in me. And thus my love affair with edible art was born.
I think it has a lot to do with my inner foodie. I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting flavors; bold, complex and unique combinations of ingredients really inspire me. I can’t stand boring. Doing vanilla and chocolate cakes with 900 different frostings isn’t my idea of a “gourmet cupcake”…much less any sign of true creativity. My opinion is, even if it’s boring – you know like vanilla or chocolate – do something different with it to make it shiny and new again. I often like to combine flavors that complement one another but aren’t necessarily flavors you’d expect to go together. Like the jalapeño-carrot cake with sharp cheddar frosting. Whodathunk? But it’s really an incredible palate pleaser. (And this is coming from a guy who never touched a jalapeño before Cupcake Wars). Another focal point in my cupcake flavors is making them mimic their original flavor. For example, my peach bellini cupcake was developed to taste exactly like you’re sipping on a delicious and refreshing peach bellini cocktail. It’s really irritating when you go into a cupcake shop and see a potentially exciting flavor and then you taste it and have to check the receipt to see what the hell flavor you just ate because it tastes nothing like you expected! My cupcakes are designed to have bold flavors that explode in your mouth and tantalize your taste buds. That’s why I call em “the quintessential gourmet cupcakes”.
|The Winners of Cupcake Wars!|
Worse! It’s probably the single-most stressful thing I’ve done to date. It’s extremely intense. And it all goes by so quickly that you don’t even have time to think. One mistake and it will likely cost you your chance at winning! Oh and by the end, you’re completely exhausted. Lucky for me I brought along the world’s greatest assistant. My Aunt Vandy. She’s a one of a kind culinary extraordinaire. Now she’s actually also my business partner so it’s even cooler! But having her as my assistant was truly a lifesaver because of her intuitiveness and ability to get things done efficiently and with perfection!
|Royal Red Velvet|
You know, I get asked this all the time….I end up liking all of my cupcakes. I love making all of them because they each have their own identity. It’s obvious looking at them that they are part of the Wonderland brand, yet unlike so many cupcake shops where they all look the same, ours each have their own distinct and creative flair. As far as flavors, I keep coming back to my red velvet though. That’s probably my favorite. I never liked red velvet until I developed mine. You can really taste separation of flavors in the cupcake – from the hints of cocoa to the hints of spices like cinnamon that we use. It’s more refreshing and very different from the other versions out there.
What is your favorite thing about cupcakes?
|Coconut Cupcake Anyone?|
Is there anything else you’d like to say?