Because, why not?
Every time we do an event, we learn something new. At this particular wedding, we learned two things.
One, when sitting down with a bride and groom, one must ask more details about the venue than just “where is it.” Because this particular wedding was at a “farm.” We’ve done plenty of farms and barns.
So we pulled in and saw this.
A little bit “Children of the Corn” but we don’t care. What we cared about was the fact that at the end of this road is a hill. A steep hill. That led down to a gorge. And at the bottom at the gorge was another steep hill, and a dock, and a path…
The only way to maneuver the cupcakes and stands down? Using a wagon.
Sweet baby Jesus.
We set everything up and learned lesson #2.
If it’s North Carolina, 99 degrees, and the cupcakes are going to be sitting outside…in the sun….and the flies…… well, we should probably talk the flavors through a wee bit more so they can withstand these “issues.” A mistake that will not happen again, rest assured.
Good thing for this couple they had 12 dozen cupcakes soaked in alcohol. Which means if you’re going to party like a rock star with booze cakes, chances are you’re sauced by cake cutting time and don’t care if the frosting is melting off or not.
Our episode was the Champions Season Premiere….and when they announced that our theme would be Spiderman, I was positive I would suck majorly. The only thing I knew about Spiderman on Broadway was the fact it was eight hundred bazillion dollars to create.
Here’s the write up our paper did http://www.fortmilltimes.com/2012/05/08/2003350/fort-mill-cupcake-shop-competes.html
What sucks the most about losing is the fact that these cupcakes are pretty amazing. (ask our customers, we’ve sinced made them and they’re crazy popular!) In round one, it was a pain in the ass to get all 5 ingredients into a cake (kale? COME ON) but we did it, and they were actually good. We TASTE them to make sure. If it sucked, I’d toss them in the garbage instead of being ripped to shreds for my baking.
But Round 2? Ugh. We royally screwed up one flavor, but the other 2 were awesome. Where we fell short the hardest was our decorations. Honestly, when you look across the kitchen and see someone (Lily) kicking your ass with fondant while you’re still fumbling around melting chocolate because you’re running out of time? You’re done. Deb and I were like, “well, we could do the dishes and clean up…”
So yeah, we knew mid-way through round 2 we wouldn’t go any farther. And we were totally okay with it. After getting booted, we headed to Beverly Hills and ate at Real Housewives of BH, Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant Villa Blanca. To make it more ironic, her dessert menu has green tea and raspberry tiramisu.
The cupcake that bit us hardest? Our matcha green tea and raspberry.
We celebrated our loss by making that tiramisu our bitch.
Our @wcnc morning weatherman does a hilarious morning segment called “Larry’s Look” and he came to sprinkle up cupcakes! I had lost my voice completely, so I had Deb do the work.
(I think Deb has a crush…she couldn’t keep her hands off him!)
I was blown away to see a feature with my mug on it in my favorite local magazine, Creative Loafing.
She did an awesome write up (thank you, Trisha Childress!!!) on all of the local Charlotte cupcake shops. Sometimes I feel lucky to get included, since my zip code is Fort Mill, South Carolina 5 miles away from the big city. But Charlotte has been our home for 11 years so I’m grateful to be included with the other great businesses, and we have some crazy customers who drive over the border for cake, even. ;)
And let it be known I have nothing but admiration and respect for all of the “competition”. I know how much work (and stress) goes in to this job, SERIOUSLY. There are enough customers for everyone to be successful. Who the hell doesn’t like cake?