Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CBS Baking Show: Now Casting

Calling all amateur bakers! CBS is currently holding open casting calls for a new baking show! To apply you can attend a casting call in LA, Chicago, Nashville, Dallas, or New York with your signature baked good or submit a video application! More information can be found here!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Featured Baker: Millie Peartree

 So sweet. So simple. So good.

 If you're like me, and love celebrity cupcake culture, you need to check out Millie Peartree Cupcakes and More. She does mini cupcakes, custom orders, and celebrity orders in original and traditional flavors. Some flavors include: red velvet, lemon honey drop, mint condition, hummingbird, coconut, and mochachino. You can even customize your cupcake by creating your own cupcake + frosting + topping combo!!

 Inspired by her mother and her southern roots, Millie Peartree is role model for young women--starting her own company by turning her passion for cooking into a name for herself, while catering to the likes of Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Naomi Campbell, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Dr. Oz. She has been featured in a variety of publications including her most recent November 2011 stint in Black Enterprise magazine where she was  named one of their "cupcake queens."

She recently partnered with Mary J. Bligeʼs and Steve Steve Stouteʼs nonprofit organization FFAWN (The Foundation for the Advancement of Woman Now) and was recognized with their annual "Rising Phoenix" award, which is a grant that recognizes the achievements of rising entrepreneurs. --from the Millie Peartree website

You can order these simply delicious cupcakes online and they will be shipped to your door! These mini cupcakes are perfect for parties and get-togethers. And as a bonus---any custom cupcake order over $200 includes a complimentary bottle of Persecco or dessert wine! Sweet deal!!

You can follow Millie on Twitter and Facebook as well.

I will definitely be looking into ordering myself!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

CakeWalk: How to put on your city's very own CupcakeCamp, Part 4

CakeWalk is a weekly column by Mary Ann Porch dedicated to every baker who has ever struggled to achieve the right consistency with their icing, unsuccessfully searched for the perfect cupcake topper or just wants to learn something new. Because with a few helpful tips, cupcakes are a cakewalk.

For the past few weeks, we have discussed the initial three steps of planning your city's very first CupcakeCamp - laying the groundwork, finding a venue, and lining up a graphic designer. This week, we get to the first round of recruitment. This means getting the bakers on board.

Perhaps it's because cupcakes have the reputation of being pretty awesome, but I found that baker recruitment was quite easy. As long as you followed the steps regarding advertising your event, you'll probably find that a number of people have already e-mailed you asking how they can sign up to bring cupcakes.

I also found that about 65% of all RSVPs for the event were from people wanting to bring cupcakes. I made a point to respond to every single e-mail asking if the sender planned on bringing cupcakes or planned on being an eater. Along with this e-mail response, I would attached a Baker Registration Form I had drawn up. The information I needed to collect was:

  • Name and contact info (both phone and e-mail address) for baker
  • Number of cupcakes being brought
  • Name of cupcake recipe
  • Recipe ingredients
Basically, I wanted all this information on file so I would have a paper trail in case (god forbid) someone got sick. Obviously, this process isn't foolproof, but you never know what might happen and I felt more confident having a signed document from each baker. And just in case people show up at the event without registering via e-mail beforehand, you should have extra copies of the Baker Registration Forms on hand.

Next week, we'll be chatting about how to recruit volunteers and providing tips on organization. At this point, you'll see how Microsoft Office can really be your best friend.

Mary Ann is the founder of the New York City chapter of CupcakeCamp NYC, an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and eat cupcakes in an open environment. She is also the founder of Puff and Choux, a blog dedicated to the pastry and dessert arts. You can contact her at with any questions, ideas or just to chit chat. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MaryAPorch.