"caffeinated cupcakes" the brand...

I love to bake and try out new recipes and stuff and more often than not, I'll bring the results into work with me so my co-workers can try out the goodies and let me know what they think. And now I have people that work in my building that are interested in ordering and paying for some of those goodies, which is something I've always thought about pursuing, but never actually sought out. So now I'm faced with the prospect of somehow commercializing my little cuppycakes and figuring out a business plan. Thank goodness I have Nick to help me out!

Nick [my husband] is all about setting up a website for my baking and helping to develop a business plan, as well as being my in-house baked goodies taste tester. But I've never had to think about my baking in terms of dollar amounts and menus and sizes.... It's kind of ruining the fun in it.

But if I'm able to support my random baking habit by baking, well then I guess it's not all that terrible then, is it? And if I have to suck it up and think about all the amazing yumminess that I could make and possibly sell, then I'll do it. With a smile and a ton of confectioners sugar!

Keep on the lookout for the new website - I'll still be blogging here in the meantime and trying out some new recipes. Happy baking!


office birthday love...

So, I've un-officially become my departments "official" birthday sweets maker. Which suits me just fine as I love to tinker around in the kitchen and try new things with my baking. It's been birthday season like crazy around here lately, so in the interest of clearing folders off of my computer at work, I thought I would share some of the random I've made lately...

First up: Andrea's Man-Cake
A HUGE chocolate cupcake with pink vanilla buttercream topped with hot boys!
Brad on one side...
And Johnny on the other!

Next up: Karen's Sushi Cakes!
Strawberry cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream, a mess of white sprinkles and some Swedish fish!
The mini-cupcakes...
The regular sized cupcakes....
And the freaking impossible to find, drive 25 miles out of town, ever elusive all white sprinkles!

Next up: Elizabeth's Pink Bird Cake
Strawberry cake with pink vanilla buttercream frosting topped with vanilla candy melt birds with edible gold dust wings, blossoms and a dark chocolate branch.
It doesn't look too terrible in the picture, but trust me - it was a mess! I should've just let it be and not tinted the frosting pink, but I'm always trying to go that extra step.... Yuck. At least it tasted really good!

And the last one for today: Sandra's Favorite Things Cupcakes
French vanilla cupcakes, vanilla buttercream topped with edible gold dust and toothpick toppers with pictures of all of her favorite things on them....

At the rate we have birthdays around here, there are sure to be more postings like this in the future...



Okay, so I’m not generally a morning person. I’ve accepted that. It takes me quite a while to get myself into the groove of the day and plaster a smile on my face. But once I get that smile there, I'm basically good for the rest of the day. Well, during the week anyway. When I’m home on the weekends and days off, I can be happy as a clam first thing in the morning; up and baking and cleaning and crafting. But we’re not talking about the glorious weekends… We’re taking about the drudgery of the work week. And this week has been a freaking whopper!

You would think that since it was a short week due to Labor Day that it would be a breeze, but not so much… All week everyone has had a case of the crazies! And they’re all driving me up the wall! Every little thing all week has been getting on my nerves – the constant giggling from the department next door, the barrage of random phone calls and “URGENT” faxes, the stop and go traffic jams the entire length of my 70+ mile commute – EVERYTHING!

And I’m not an unhappy person by any means, so this week is slowly killing my soul, day by annoying day. If it weren’t Friday, I honestly don’t know if I would’ve made it.

So for the remaining 5 and a ½ hours until I can get out of here and start my weekend, I need to surround myself with happiness to make it through the day.