Simple Homemade Dog Treats

Cupping Cakes, albeit our name, is more than just cupcakes. We love sharpening our baking skills by trying out new things like madeleines or macarons, or making a batch of the old favorite: the peanut butter kiss cookie.

10598609_689152527836707_1014845715_nWhat is just as fun is making treats for pets, and it has great rewards – seeing those wagging tails and excited sniffs. But what if you want to make something simple but homemade, and don’t want to spend a lot of time prepping? Cupping Cakes has you covered! We’ve found some great simple recipes that have big rewards.

Homemade Sweet Potato Chews – We actually just made a batch of these, and the process could not be simpler. Slice the sweet potato however you would like, sprinkle some cinnamon on and bake bake bake! It would work even faster if you have a dehydrator.  The entire kitchen starts smelling like the holidays!

Homemade Apple Chips – It would work even faster if you have a dehydrator, but it would still make the kitchen smell amazing! One idea is to chop them into smaller pieces, depending on the size of the dog, and use them for motivation or reward.

Peanut Butter Pupsicles – Got a hot dog? Cool them off with a pupsicle! No need to buy those expensive frozen treats from the store when you can whip up a quick batch in any cup you have around the house.

Good luck, enjoy and happy tails!

Custom Flavors for a Custom Event

Cupcakes and parties aren’t just for Weddings and Birthdays, there’s millions of reasons to have friends over for good fun and good food! We love custom fitting flavors of our cupcakes to work with any theme or occasion. This time we made cupcakes for a really great couple, so we had a cupcake flavor modeled after each person!

First was a Chuck-Cake, what’s a chuckcake you ask? Chocolate cake, with a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough INSIDE, topped with luscious chocolate swiss meringue buttercream, and cookie pieces on top!

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Next was the Autumn Cupcake, we managed to combine a lot of awesome items, all in one! We made a buttermilk cake with hazelnuts and BACON inside, we then filled it with bourbon caramel, and a fun frosting with bourbon, some of the caramel, and a few spices. It smelled heavenly….or sinfully delicious!

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February and Cupcakes go together like February and Cupcakes

2329triblk-w484h484z1-29208-i-am-one-of-the-few-people-who-looks-hot-eating-a-cupcakeFebruary is a fun month; it’s still got a nice chill to the air, and Valentine’s Day is right in the middle of the month. Everyone celebrates love a different way, even if you go to one of those fun “Luv Sux” parties, you’re celebrating in your own way.

I’d like to share my love for cupcakes with everyone this month!  February is already shaping up to be a fun one for us at Cupping Cakes. We have some great events in Carrollwood and Seminole Heights, and beyond. This is also the first month of our “Charity Cupcake” – where proceeds from the sale of our special flavor of the month is donated directly to a charity, and this month is The Spring.

To go along with the Charity Cupcake flavor of the month, which is our delicious chocolate cake, topped with a yummy vanilla purple-tinted buttercream, topped with an icing sunflower, we will have a few “Valentine’s Day” themed flavors.

Conversation Starter: Red Velvet cake, topped with cream cheese buttercream and a few conversation heart candies.

Va-Va-Vanilla: Vanilla cake topped with a vanilla buttercream and themed sprinkles.

Give Me A Kiss: Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Kiss inside the cake, chocolate buttercream and chocolate chip topper.

Wine & Dine: Brown sugar cake, filled with raspberry merlot jam topped with raspberry merlot swiss meringue buttercream.

This is not all! Keep checking with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Event Schedule for more flavors and dates!

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:

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

New Flavors! New Events! New Locations!

2487cc0a5cdd11e29b3722000a1fa50e_7We’ve been such busy bees in the kitchen. New flavors, new type of events, busy event schedule, pfew!

Look for us at events in places such as Bearss Groves, The Azalea Market in St. Petersburg, Odessa Organic Market and Broadstone Citrus Village Apartments, and more!

New flavors we’ve been premiering and experimenting on include the Holy Cannoli, The Drunk Bride, Mango Tango and Chocolate Merlot.

Keep an eye out for us at events, or we can develop a custom flavor for your event!

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Baby Shower

One thing that ladies love? other than cupcakes? Babies. So that makes cupcakes at a baby shower the best combination ever, right?

We had the privilege and pleasure of making the cupcakes and cake for a dear long time friend’s baby shower. What a fun time!

We started out with the baby shower theme colors: pink and greens. Then we added in the new mom’s favorite flavors. So we whipped up a vanilla cake with raspberry filling with raspberry frosting for the pink, then a vanilla cake with key lime curd filling and a key lime buttercream frosting.

We then made a small cake with rosette style and buttercream roses on top. Filled it with some raspberry filling – and we have a delicious treat for the mom!





Crazy Cupping Cakes Schedule!

We are busy bees in the kitchen this season! Brewing up some new delicious flavors, such as pumpkin spice latte and lime pomegranate. How does homemade caramel sauce sound?

Our next event will be the Working Women of Tampa Bay Fall Food Festival on September 27th, 2012.
The Shriner Activity Center . 4050 Dana Shores Drive . Tampa, FL
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Event Link

We will be giving out a lot of samples at this event, including our double chocolate, cosmo, lime/pomegranate and pumpkin spice latte.


Steinbrenner High School Warrior Dash – September 28th, 2012
Steinbrenner High School Football Field . 5575 Lutz Lake Fern Road . Lutz, FL
6:00pm – 10:00pm

High School Website


October is a busy month! We will be at:

October 6th, 2012
Z Nationals
Z1 Motorsports . 2877 Carrollton – Villa Rica Hwy . Carrollton, GA

We will be having four great flavors: mint julep, cherry espresso, double chocolate and lemon blueberry.

October 12th
Odessa Food Truck Festival
Odessa Organic Farmers Market
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Facebook Link

October 13th AND 14th
Wesley Chapel Fall Festival
The GROVE at Wesley Chapel . 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd . Wesley Chapel, FL
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, both days
Event Link

Look out for some great FALL flavors at these two events!

Beyond the Cake :: We’re Jammin!

Cupping Cakes is not only a cupcake’rie – we make all sorts of treats (even a few savory ones)!

The latest batch is called Bi-Bi-Berry. It has sweet strawberries & tangy local raspberries. It’s just sweet enough, but has bite that would make excellent sandwiches!

We have a VERY limited supply, contact us today for a jar!