If a reality TV show about cupcakes – make that two shows – seems odd to you, you may not have noticed that cupcakes are all the rage these days. Cupcake Girls and DC Cupcakes are two shows on television right now that chronicle the lives of cupcake store owners and their employees. Here in Vancouver cupcakes have become increasingly popular since Heather White and Lori Joyce opened their first Cupcakes store on Denman street in 2002. At the time they were the first branded cupcake store in North America that just sold cupcakes. Now there are about 100 cupcake themed stores.
The sugar coated, candy inspired colours, cute array of cupcakes and retro styling in the Cupcakes stores appeal to the child in all of us. For adults on a diet, who can resist a little cupcake every now and then?
This summer when the sun was out, the beach beckoned and people were crowding the streets of English Bay looking for fun and adventure,it was the perfect opportunity to visit the newly franchised Cupcakes store on Denman – the original store – one block up from the beach on the east side of the street. Now that it’s September, and there’s a touch of autumn in the air, on a sunny day English Bay still makes for a pleasant outing. While you’re at it, why not buy a cupcake in support of a great organization? In July Cupcakes supported the BC Children’s Hospital. Every month they support a different charity.
In July the Cupcakes stores featured their orange sherbert inspired “Sunny” cupcake. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these cupcakes was donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
If your visit to Cupcakes inspires you further, check out the following cupcake resources for more ways to enjoy cupcakes throughout the year.
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Information about the “Sunny” cupcake
A frenetic slice of life in cupcake world (interview with Heather and Lori)
Martha Stewart and her staff are living for cupcakes
Cupcakes Vancouver website
Cupcakestakethecake – a weblog devoted to the cupcake
Cupcake recipes on Marthastewart.com including these Bake Sale cupcakes. (Pass that last link on to your friends who help out in schools!)
Cupcake images on Flickr
Cupcake related products on Etsy
Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favourite Treat
Hey there, cupcake! 35 Yummy Fun Cupcake Recipes for all occassions.
Hello Cupcake! Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make.
What’s New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion
Keep calm and have a cupcake: journal, desk notes, bookmark and gift bag
Bug and Boo toppers are perfect for cupcakes
The Cupcake girls on Etsy – Um not really cupcakes, but darn cute merchandise nonetheless.
If you like cupcakes, you’ll want to check out the pave cupcake keychain at Coach
. It’s a bit pricey and is a bit small, but is pretty.
The children in your life will think you’re a genius if you make this sunflower and ladybug cupcake:
This video courtesy of The Culinary Institute of America shows how to make your dream of baking and decorating a stunning looking cupcake seem possible:
DC Cupcakes is a new show about two sisters who open a cupcake store: