Cupcakes at Weddings of All Kinds

I recently attended a “Equal Plan” Wedding Show, which gave opportunities to couples of ALL KINDS to meet vendors that support love of any kind. This choice to support any event was a no-brainer for me, but it got me thinking about how some people still view cupcakes at weddings as “unconventional.” So I took some time, gathered some great ideas and information about cupcakes and wedding traditions.

What this resulted in, was a really great info-graphic that is a fantastic ice breaker for brides, grooms, wedding planners and cupcake enthusiasts. I introduce to you…the cupcake wedding information powerhouse!

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Cupping Cakes’ February Charity Cupcake

Here at Cupping Cakes, we like to make people happy through our little creations. We try and donate things where we can, and enjoy the great city we live in.

In that effort, we have created a new Monthly Special: the Charity Cupcake. Each month we will create a special flavor that will be available at all of our market events, and available to all specialty orders. Every time someone purchases this specific flavor cupcake, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity. Every month, we will work with a different charity, to spread awareness and help out where we can.

This great new Charity Cupcake special will start this February, and for our first local charity, Cupping Cakes has chosen: The Spring!

For the entire month of February, Cupping Cakes will be donating proceeds from the sale of the specialty The Spring cupcake: Chocolate cake topped with delicious (and purple) vanilla buttercream. During any of our events, or orders, if you purchase our charity cupcake, The Spring will receive a donation!

springlogoThe Spring’s mission is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families, and communities.

Visit their website at: http://www.thespring.org

Contact us today about our Charity Cupcake 6-packs, $6 will be donated to the Spring!

Have Your Cupcake and Eat It Too!

All of the buzz this month will be about New Year’s Resolutions. Eat healthier, eat locally grown, get more exercise, be more organized, get together more with friends, and more!

According to usa.gov – these are the top Resolutions:
Lose Weight          Volunteer to Help Others
Quit Smoking          Get a Better Education
Get a Better Job         Save Money Get Fit
Eat Healthy Food         Manage Stress
Drink Less Alcohol          Manage Debt
Take a Trip         Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Did you know eating cupcakes can help with a lot of those resolutions? Cupcakes can get a bad wrap, but we’re here to help you reach your goals!

Our Cupping Cakes are made with love, and a lot of great local ingredients. Here are a few fun and healthy factoids on our Cupping Cakes:

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- We make healthy substitutions that don’t sacrifice quality or taste. Did you know you can switch out the vegetable oil for apple sauce?
– We use local fruits in our batters, frostings, and fillings. Most of the jams we use are homemade in-house.
– One of the main ingredients in a red velvet cupcake is buttermilk – buttermilk is lower in fat than regular butter or whole milk and supplies vitamins and minerals. The cake also contains a small amount of cocoa – which we know is good for you in small doses.
– We have a handful of alternatives to traditional powdered sugar buttercream, healthier and just as delicious.
– Have an alternative food choice, like going gluten-free? Let us know and we can create a perfect treat for you.
– Save money by purchasing one cupcake from us, instead of a big container of processed snacks at the store. It’s a perfect sized treat!
– Want to help out others? Why not treat your employees or co-workers to a tasty cupcake one day?
– Need to motivate or reward yourself for a great week/month or meeting your goals? Why not a cupcake? It’s great for portion-control.
– All of our to-go containers are recyclable, and we also offer a reusable tote to take home.
– Manage stress by rewarding yourself at an end of a tough week!
– Want to take a day-trip or maybe go on a walk with friends? Cupcakes are great for outdoor events, since it’s very easy cleanup.

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Contact us today for your specialty order!

Start off November with a cupcake (or 12)

We will be at two exciting events this coming Saturday, November 2nd!

First you can find us at The Fresh Market at the Shops at Wiregrass from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

That night we will be at Green After Dark at Odessa Organic Farmers Market from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Come on out to try out our fall flavors! Don’t forget that this is the perfect time to start placing custom orders for your holiday parties. We do special orders starting at just a dozen!

Fresh Market at Wiregrass – We are back!

We will be at The Shops at Wiregrass this weekend, September 21st, for the Fresh Market at Wiregrass!

Come on out and get some of the delicious flavors we will have available or contact us for a special order pickup!

We will be at The Shops at Wiregrass this weekend, August 3rd! Come on out and get some delicious flavors we will have available or contact us for a special order pickup! This weekend's flavors are: double chocolate, apple cinnamon, funfetti and adult pink lemonade (with delicious red berry vodka!). Yum!

We will be at the Fresh Market at Wiregrass on the following dates for the remainder of 2013! And don’t worry, will be back again in 2014!

September 21, 2013

October 19, 2013

Don’t waste money on your wedding! Get cupcakes!

An article on CNN this week entitled “Don’t waste money on your wedding!’ talks about where money is spent for weddings and where it can be saved. We all want to save money on our weddings right?

One of the first things they talk about is favors. Wedding planner Tracie Domino says to skip the favors that aren’t really personal. “If you give your guests something meaningful, they will be very appreciative,” she says, “but if it’s a bottle of bubbles or a cheap picture frame, it will most likely get left behind by your guests.” So what should you do instead? Bay Area wedding planner Erica Ota says to consider edibles if you’re going the favor route. “The majority of guests don’t even take them home and pricey favors end up getting left on the table,” she says. “Provide edible favors like chocolates, olive oil, or balsamic vinegar that are less expensive and more likely to go home with your hungry guests.”

How about cupcakes as a favor? 

Providing a take home box with a cupcake for your guests is a great send off at the end of the event. Imagine the delight on your guests faces when they find out that they get to take home their very own tasty treat. We bet they won’t even make it through the drive home with busting into the cute little box and sneak a bite (or two). You can order extras and have them boxed up ahead of time (did you know that Cupping Cakes provides this service?) or have boxes available for folks to take home left over cupcakes if that is what you are doing instead of a cake (we provide this service as well).

The article goes on to talk about the exorbitant costs associated with having a multi-tiered wedding cake. Wedding planner Erica Ota says “Typically, most people spend between $700 to $1,000, yet I find that only 60% of guests even take a slice. Factor in a $2.50 per person cake cutting fee and you’re looking at an expensive dessert,” she says. She also notes that she’s been seeing dessert buffets growing in popularity. Where bridges and grooms just have a small cake to use for those oh so important photo ops.

So how about a small cake to cut and a variety of cupcakes instead?

If you have small cake for photo ops and a variety of cupcakes instead of a large cake, you can save that $2.50 per person cake cutting fee right out the gate. And instead of one flavor, you can offer your guests a variety of cakes and frostings that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Worried that you won’t have that WOW factor. Check out this small cutting cake and cupcakes that we recently did for a large Indian wedding. Tell me that isn’t impressive!

So as you are planning your wedding, or your best friend/daughter/sister’s, keep cupcakes (and Cupping Cakes) in mind. Whether its for super cute cupcakes favors for your guests or an amazing spread of cupcakes custom designed to match your wedding. Check out our weddings page for more details! And as always, you can contact us via email with any questions you may have about our services.

Wesley Chapel Chamber Monthly Mixer

Cupping Cakes has been invited to provide cupcakes for this month’s Wesley Chapel Chamber Monthly Mixer! This month’s event will take place at  the Tampa North Flight Center and is hosted by The Laker.

The Laker would like to invite you to come out for a fun night of networking and to kick off the celebration of the flight center’s new facility:  “The Happy Hanger Cafe”. Food for this event is provided courtesy of Stephen John Photography (Steve Miller) and Ker’s Wing House; Wine Tasting by Time For Wine; delightful French Chocolates by Mari Caron Chocolats, fun cupcakes by Cupping Cakes, and Door Prizes including a chance to win a free Mini Flight!

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This monthly mixer in on September 12th from 6-8 pm. The event is open to chamber members and guests and is absolutely free! So if you are a Wesley Chapel business, please feel free to stop by and visit with us.  We’ll have wonderful cupcakes for you to try and plenty of information about how you can have Cupping Cakes at your next event.

6th Annual St. Petersburg Chillounge Night

Everyone up for some awesome news?

Cupping Cakes will be in the VIP section of the 6th Annual St. Petersburg Chillounge Night on November 23rd! This is our second time being at this amazing event, and we can’t be more excited to be there again!

More good news? We have TICKETS that you can WIN to the event!

Here’s HOW TO WIN:

  1. Any purchase from Cupping Cakes gets entered to win a pair of tickets (we will have an entry form at all of our events).
  2. Someone who refers a Bride and she BOOKS her wedding (before November 15th) with Cupping Cakes WINS a pair of tickets.
  3. In November, someone who books an order (before November 15th) for 2 dozen or more Cupping Cakes for the holidays gets entered to win a pair of tickets!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more about this awesome event and how to win tickets so that you can join us there!