Cupcake Camp 2011 Recap!

Cupcake Camp 2011 was a HUGE success! I was so proud to be involved in such a great event. As part of the planning committee, along with Elizabeth and Anita, we tried to incorporate feedback we got from last year’s event to make 2011 bigger and better. I think we succeeded!

Cupcake Camp was held at the Armory for the Arts in Somerville. The location was large with tables in the middle for the professional bakers and tables along the outsides for the amateurs. There was a balcony with tables for people to sit and enjoy the cupcakes they had collected. On the stage, King Arthur Flour had a setup where they did some demos and answered baking questions.

As the focal for the amateur bakers, I had fun learning about who the other bakers were and what creative things they were doing in their kitchens. I have to admit that the amateur bakers really brought it this year – especially on the creativity front. They brought a great variety of flavors that I didn’t see from the professional bakers, including cupcakes with bacon and chiles.

I brought the Frito cupcakes that I posted last week, and a mini version of the cookie dough cupcakes I posted a couple weeks ago. To make them mini, I ordered this 1.5 tsp scooper from Amazon. I used it to make the balls of frozen cookie dough and the cookie garnishes. I then used my regular cookie scoop to portion out the cupcake batter before dropping in the frozen cookie dough. I did press the cookie dough into the batter this time around since it didn’t sink down like with the full sized cupcakes.

I brought 16 dozen cupcakes (8 dozen of each flavor) and they were all gone in less than an hour – I’d say they were a success!!

I honestly didn’t eat a TON of cucpakes at Cupcake Camp. I had been snacking throughout the day while I was baking and I was being picky about which cupcakes I wanted to try.

I had a vanilla mini and part of the chocolate birthday cupcake from O’Sugar. Both were great. We also tried the cupcakes from Chocolate Tarte. I had a chocolate one and Hubby had red velvet. We both really liked these cupcakes. They were really fluffy and the frosting was great. Hubby even went back for seconds.

I didn’t try the Cupcake Mojo cupcakes since I have already had theirs, but it was good to chat with Maureen for a few minutes since she was set up at the table across from me.

We also split one of these banana’s foster cupcakes. The frosting was pretty amazing. Cara’s cute Bailey’s chocoalte chip cupcakes were also a tasty little bite.

Even with the rain and cold, we still had a great turnout. At one point I poked my head outside to see if there was a line, and sure enough, there was! While Cupcake Camp was free, we did take donations. We raised over $2300 for Lovin’ Spoonfuls thanks to the generous donations of the people in attendance!

I had a blast and can’t wait for Cupcake Camp 2012. Hopefully it will be even bigger and better than this year. If anyone has feedback about the event, feel free to let us know! You can email us at or just leave a comment here and I’ll make sure it gets documented.

We also set up a flickr pool for people to upload their pictures from the evening. Please check it out for the collection of photos and to add your own!

Thanks to all of you who came and introduced yourselves! I loved getting the chance to chat with some of my readers.

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17 Responses to “Ten Baking Tips from a Professional Baker”

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    Vicki — September 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    My friend and I took that same pizza class with Susan Miller in April. She is so sweet and such a great teacher. So much fun. We didn’t want the class to end. Hoping to do another class at KAF this winter. Love your blog!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — September 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Great tips!

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    Krystal — September 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Awesome tips, and it looks like a lot of fun at the KAF…how cool is that!!

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    We Are Not Martha — September 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I guess I usually cook my veggies before putting them on pizza, but I never thought that you had to! VERY good to know. Also, I need to go smell my whole wheat flour ASAP. Great tips 🙂


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    Kris @ — September 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    fantastic tips!!! i just smelled my flour and threw it out!!! thanks so much!!!

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    Eliana — September 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    What a great batch of tips! Thanks for much for sharing.

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    Megan — September 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Wow. You remembered so many awesome tips! It’s surprising to look back and see how much we all learned and picked up on in such a short time. I love this list.

    Did you get to watch Just Desserts last night? Drama, drama, drama!

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    theblogisthenewblack — September 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Wow, thanks or these great tips!

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    nutmegnanny — September 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Awesome tips 🙂

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    Kerstin — September 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    What a cute idea for a post – love it! Just voted for you too 🙂

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    meghan — September 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    This is a great recap. I feel like I learned more last weekend than I have in awhile. . . or maybe I was just more interested in baking than most other things! 🙂

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    Shannon — September 24, 2010 at 1:46 am

    thanks for passing along the tips!! i was bummed i couldn’t make it 🙁

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    WizzyTheStick — September 24, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    All great tips! I love the first one so simple but really useful

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — September 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    LOVE IT! This post was great. Such a fun weekend, great job summing it up!

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    Sarah — September 25, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I love these tips! Thanks so much for posting them. And thanks for the info about KAF’s baking help hotline – I will DEFINITELY be using that!

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    newlywed — September 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    That is an interesting tip about whole wheat flour!

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    Daisy — September 27, 2010 at 1:45 am

    such a great post! very nice recap and photos of all the tips we learned.

    I’m glad you and your girlfriends enjoyed The Abbey this weekend as well! new restaurants are so exciting.

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