Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Confidence In The Kitchen

It may seem daunting to bake or cook from scratch, but that is part of having fun in the kitchen! Cupcake Girls believe that cooking is a subjective experience that encourages creativity, allowing you to combine flavors to cater to your likes and dislikes. 

Just like every passion or talent, cooking takes practice and confidence. Find your individuality in the kitchen by trusting your taste buds. Start with a recipe that you enjoy and tweak it to make it personal. A simple grilled cheese "sammie" is a perfect example of how to twist a comfort food staple:   

  • Fresh Sourdough bread with smokey Cheddar, tomato and avocado
  • Flat bread with Brie and apples
  • French bread with Mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil and a bit of honey

Personalize your plate by making subtle changes to any recipe to suit your palate. Look for ideas and techniques within a recipe, but establish your own style and before you know it, you won't feel so handcuffed to your recipe book. There are countless ways to revolutionize an old or new recipe to suit your mood; the possibilities are endless. You will reap the benefits of your creativity as your confidence in the kitchen grows.

Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"No Cupcake Left Behind"

The only thing better than eating a  Cupcake Girls cupcake is receiving a Cupcake Girls cupcake unexpectedly! 

We love seeing the faces of our customers when they take their first peak at our yummy "sexy cakes" and believe it or not, one little cupcake has the remarkable ability to make someone's day.

There are always a few cupcakes needing a home after a morning of baking so us girls came up with the idea of "no cupcake left behind." We box up every remaining cupcake and deliver them to unsuspecting parties. We have been trotting around Colorado Springs with free samples since the day we opened in August, 2011. Our cupcakes make wonderful surprises!

Awaken your senses because we may be just around the corner, especially if you drop us a hint, like us on Facebook, mention us on Twitter or subscribe to our blog! 

Next time you place your order think of your family and friends; you may want to surprise them too because a cupcake is always better when shared!
"So long as there is food in the mouth, so long will the words be sweet." Hindu Proverb
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Can You Trust A Skinny Chef?

The answer is.....absolutely! Can you trust a not so skinny chef..... absolutely! A skinny chef does not equate to tasteless food just like a not so skinny chef does not equate to fatty food. No one knows your dietary needs better than yourself.
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." Virginia Woolf
What ever happened to personal responsibility and accountability? There is a trend gravitating towards a colorful plate and exercise, thank goodness. There should also be a trend towards mindful eating. We should not be told what and what not to eat, however we need to be smart with our food choices just as we need to be smart with our life choices.

The Cupcake Girls are skinny. We have often been met at the door with an equally confused and humorous laugh over the fact that we are skinny cupcake bakers. We do plenty of QC (quality control)! Even better, we can pronounce every ingredient in each and every one of our cupcake flavors. We love food as the shared experience that it should be and we love to move!

Cupcake Girls  often blog about the idea of "creating memories in the kitchen" and "enjoying the company around your table." Create a memory with every food choice whether it is having a cupcake and watching 'Dolphin Tale' with your children on a Saturday night or enjoying "Coffee Talk" with your BFF.

Be responsible.  Be accountable. If you can do this for yourself, then you can do this for others, like your children. Your approach to food should be no different then your approach to life:  Live it. Enjoy it. Eat it. Satisfy your mind. Satisfy your soul. Satisfy your palate. 

The Cupcake Girls definitely have "sexy cakes," but perhaps we should make "skinny cakes" too!!

Oh wait.... our "get your greens" cupcake is loaded with fresh, shredded zucchini which is high in vitamins and minerals; C, B6 and potassium to name a few. We substitute apple sauce for the majority of the oil and we use half the amount of sugar than a typical cupcake recipe. We take a similar approach to our "perfect little pumpkin." Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A, protein, fiber and magnesium to name a few. These two cupcakes have been "skinnified" and they are not only delicious, they are popular!

As for the frosting...it is frosting people! Life is about balance. Find your balance. 


Perfect Little Pumpkin

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Storytelling From The Kitchen

 
Spring is in the air and Cupcake Girls launched our newest seasonal flavor, "Baby Cakes;" a luscious lemon & lavender cupcake topped with a refreshing lemon & lavender buttercream, a perfect combination of energizing sweetness.


Each one of Cupcake Girls unique flavors is derived from a thoughtful approach to the five senses in combination with past experiences, present moments and hopeful occurrences.

Lemon & lavender evoke a state of revitalization and the essence is unwinding at the same time. The story behind "Baby Cakes" marries these flavorful ingredients with a shared secret among friends
 
This Cupcake Girl (Lisa) was newly pregnant and sitting side by side the other Cupcake Girl (Andrea), trying to decide what to order at Shugas restaurant in celebration of 'Girls Night Out.' My choice was a lemon & lavender ice tea and when my drink was served, the other Cupcake Girl glanced my way with a sugary smile and whispered behind a very tall menu, "are you pregnant?" The smile was reciprocated and accompanied with a nod. My secret was silently shared with my friend

Food evokes and connects memories whether the reminisce be as light as a childhood slumber party or has heavy as a torrid break-up. Food shares experiences and intertwines the souls of people together.
"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." James Beard