Cupcakes All Around

Maybe cupcakes aren’t just a trend.

After all, cupcakes boutiques are still sprouting up left and right, never without a dearth of customers. And bakers, both amateurs and professionals, always have some special cupcake recipe up their frosting-smeared sleeves.  Maybe we all have to stop treating cupcakes like it’s going out of fashion, or that it’s some sort of food renaissance, and just admit the fact that everybody – everybody – really truly loves cupcakes.

In fact, people’s passion for cupcakes is so strong, that Cupcake Camp was born. What is Cupcake Camp? According to the website, it’s an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and eat cupcakes in an open environment. Around the world. Yup, it’s a global phenomenon. Last Wednesday, I attended Cupcake Camp Boston to bask in some cupcake lovin’ myself.

And by bask I mean eat 3 cupcakes. (They were mini ones! If they’re small they don’t have enough calories right?)

there were cupcakes from actual stores, like the Chocolate Tarte

and there were cupcakes from amateur bakers to0

my favorite cupcake was from these guys, a Peanut Butter Banana cupcake with Nutella frosting (if you throw in Nutella anywhere in the mix, it could obliterate the competition for me)

there were a lot of salted caramel cupcakes too

maybe caramel is the new dessert trend?

customized toppings for each cupcake from Treat Cupcake Bar

pretty cupcakes from Party Favors...

... and King Arthur Flour

young entrepreneur Tata (his cupcakes were gone by the time I got there!)

cute little flags on these cute little cupcakes

moist vegan cupcakes from Biba's

Susan Reid from King Arthur Flour gave a live demo on stage...

... I was a little bit mesmerized by how quickly she frosted everything (this one has a homemade marshmallow on top too)!

Cupcake Camp Boston was packed and all the attendees and bakers seemed to have a blast. It proves just how popular and appealing cupcakes are, and maybe always will be. So I’m going to stop referring to cupcakes as a food trend

Except Food and Wine just predicted savory cupcakes as a 2011 Food Trend. So maybe the trend is here to stay?


14 Responses to “Cupcakes All Around”

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    Michelle Collins posted April 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Those peanut butter banana cupcakes sound fantastic!! Great recap!

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    Lori Lynn posted April 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Wow, those look so yummy! Makes me want one!

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    Heather posted April 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I heart cupcakes! I love that they are pretty much surrounded by frosting, much better than a slab of cake.

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted April 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I want that huge marshmellow! Actually, any of those cupcakes will do. What a fun event!

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    Daisy posted April 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I’m sorry I missed this event. great recap! Savory cupcakes would make for an interesting experiment!!

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    Dana posted April 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    What a fun event! Now I totally want some cupcakes, too! I wonder if there’s a cupcake camp in ny?

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    MelissaNibbles posted April 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I would go for the frosting station.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted April 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I need to find myself a Cupcake Camp to go to!

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) posted April 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Mini cupcakes are the best – you can sample more flavors. Maybe mini-cupcake boutiques are the *next* big trend.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted April 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Wow, that is positively cupcake heaven! Looks like you had an unforgettable, delicious time trying all of the flavors. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    Joanne posted April 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I so wish I could have gone to this event! And I love cupcakes so to me, they will never be out of style!

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    Michelle posted April 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I think mini cupcakes are the perfect bite! I’m sorry I missed this event but glad I got my cupcake fix at Taste of the Nation!

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    Megan posted April 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    So fun to see you there! I actually just bought cupcakes today. Ha ha. I think I must be recovered from cupcake overload at CC.

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    Cakewhiz posted April 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I agree with you… I don’t think cupcakes are going out of fashion any time soon and they really should not since they are so cute and fun to decorate :)

    All of these cupcakes look delicious. My favorite has to be the one with a marshmallow on top!

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