After the Drink.Eat.Play Cupcake Challenge – Recap and Pix

7 Feb


Hello Cupcake fans!

As many of you know, the annual Drink.Eat.Play Cupcake Challenge went down at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood this past Saturday.  We were in charge of baking 650 cupcakes PER flavor = 1300 cupcakes total (we did a Chocolate Salted Caramel and a Pineapple Upside Down)l!  We were lucky enough to be able to bake about 96 every 12-15 minutes so the baking part was a breeze.  The Salted Caramel frosting also went by pretty darn fast!  I think the longest part of everything had to have been filling the cupcakes with the pineapple filling.  I cooked this down from scratch so of course the real pineapple chunks were too big to fit through my filling tip so we had to spoon them in by hand one at a time.  Thank goodness Stephanie was up for that task!  I would have pulled my hair out!

I do have to mention the boxes I ordered online to be delivered with a promised delivery date via UPS was Friday.  Lets just say Friday came and went and NO boxes.  Not to mention UPS had the WORST customer service ever!  So from now on, Goodie Girls is boycotting UPS and will only ship Fedex from now on!  Saturday morning I called every open bakery near my house begging for someone to sell me some bakery boxes with no luck.  I then found this AMAZING restaurant supply store called Surfas in West Los Angeles.  They had mounds of boxes and so I jetted down there!  To my surprise, this place was unbelievable!!  It looked like a bakers heaven and not to mention it was at such discounted prices!  I scooped up more then enough boxes at less than $.90 a piece which was much cheaper then I was buying them for online anyhow!  Not to mention the customer service there was incredible!  THANK YOU SURFAS FOR BEING THERE FOR US!

Ok…now back to the kitchen, boxed everything up and off to the Challenge.  We got there fairly early and set up.  I couldn’t believe how many amazing displays there were and different kinds of cupcakes.  We were lucky enough to be placed next to the amazing Holli from Hollicakes (http://www.hollicakesblog.com/) and Double D’s (http://doubledcupcakes.com).  Such a pleasure to work beside both these incredibly talented individuals!

When the doors opened, the true cupcake connoisseur’s came through.  They formed lines out the doors and filled their plates, boxes, trays, or whatever they brought with them up with the most amazing little treats.  I have to say I was truly impressed with what people brought to carry these cupcakes in!  They definitely

weren’t knew to this annual event!  Even though the votes aren’t counted yet for winners, I think we won either way from how many people came back to tell us how amazing our cupcakes were.  We even woke up with our inbox full of orders people wanted because they had attended the event!!!

Thank you again to everyone who came out and hope to see you all very soon and to all the new cupcake bakers we were proud to meet, we hope to see you very soon!

GG

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Dipping your own Cupcake Pops

31 Jan

Happy Monday!

Last night we were honored to be asked by the lovely and talented Susanne of First Impressions Dating to participate in her Sweets ‘N Treats Event in Anaheim, CA.

On the menu: Red Velvet and Vanilla Almond Cupcake Pops.  Of course this time we were setting up to do party style, meaning we brought undone product and let the guests play around making their own creations!  So we tackled the hard part ahead of time baking the cakes, rolling them into balls and sticking in the sticks.

We brought with us Red and Pink Candy Melts as well as the amazing Scharffen Berger Dark Chocolate as dipping sauces and of course tons of sprinkles to decorate with.

I have to say, they all did so amazing and we had a blast!  Of course we had the occasional cake falling off the stick into the sauces, but that’s what makes this FUN! Also wanted to thank my favorite JamieLee from JamieLee Style for always being such a positive inspiration and capturing the fun!   Also thank you to all the amazing other vendors that were there.  I especially loved the shoe display from the lovely Margaux with Footprints International!

Check out our pictures below!  If you would like to book a party with Goodie Girls, please email us at info@thegoodiegirls.com!

XOXO…GG

 

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80’s Cupcakes – Rubix Cubes and Gold Stars

25 Jan

We were asked to create 80’s cupcakes for an event this past week.  I went to the drawing board and wanted something different.  SO many people do the ghetto blasters, pac man, MTV logos, etc… what could I do that would be different?  And then it hit us!  Rubix Cube Cupcakes (Chocolate Cupcake w/Chambord Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting) and Gold Stars Cupcakes (Chocolate Cupcake w/Almond Cream Cheese Frosting).  And to top it off, I decided not to do fondant rubix cubes, but to actually put real miniature ones on top so they could play with them!

I have to say, I think they look fabulous and I got a little taster in from some mini’s I made on the side and boy were they yummy!

 

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Drink.Eat.Play Cupcake Challenge 2011

20 Jan

Good Morning!

After Cupcake Camp Los Angeles, I was approached by a member of Drink.Eat.Play to participate in this years Cupcake Challenge at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, CA.  Without even a blink of an eye I said YES!  I mean, what an honor to be asked to participate in this amazing event and I just love baking anyways, so why not!  And then I started doing research and realized that this event is HUGE!  Last year there was over 500 attendees and countless press including all the local news shows.  Not to mention, only the top bakeries in Southern California participated!!  With that being said, instead of getting intimidated, I decided that the guy who invited me must have just loved our cupcakes and thought we would do well so I am taking this as a HUGE compliment and we are going to do our absolute best!

You are allowed to do up to 2 flavors, but each flavor you must make a minimum of 650 cupcakes.  Tickets are $40 per person but that includes 1 cupcake of every single flavor from every single cupcake baker in the whole place…meaning most people will go home with around 50-70 cupcakes!  So the $40 is a STEAL!  And, what better way then if you are getting married to come cake testing?  You will have flavors ranging from your classic vanilla/chocolate/red velvet to some of last years flavors of Maple Bacon (Renaissance Hotel), Key Lime (My Delight Cupcakery) and Spiced Apple (Urban Sweets).  And of course…OUR FLAVOR which is top secret!

So, I hope to see you all there…I promise I will have enough for you all!  And, if there is any leftover at the end, please don’t hesitate to come take them from me!

❤ GG

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

14 Jan

Well, it’s that time of year again and boy do I love Valentine’s Day.  I don’t think it’s because of why a lot of other people like it.  I love it because I am addicted to whenever I get to make cupcakes that SPARKLE!!!  And I love how the day seems to be so uplifting and people tend to be filled with joy!  And not to mention my favorite color is pink, so it’s the one time of year I don’t seem like a freak with too much pink!  Yes…I love Valentine’s Day!

A couple nights ago I decided to make my famous Valentine’s Day spread of cupcakes for our promo.  I wanted to share some of the shots with you before the promo actually comes out as I just am excited and can’t hold it in so who better to share with then my fav peeps on my blog!!!   These cupcakes consist of the most amazing chocolate by my favorite brand Scharffen Berger.  The frosting is a fresh Organic Wild Strawberry flavoring and some with Coconut.  I was going to try and top with some chocolate covered strawberries, but unfortunately strawberries aren’t in season yet and the ones I found are still a little unripe for my liking.  The hearts I made out of homemade fondant (message me if you want a recipe) and just taste scrumptious!!  I gave them out yesterday to all my friends and a few shops to taste and some of them asked for a bowl of the hearts just to snack on!!  🙂

Hope you enjoy… and let me know if you need some in your house for Valentine’s Day.  We will have an amazing promo to follow!

Happy Friday…GG

 

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Cupcake Camp Hollywood / Los Angeles

11 Jan

Hello Cupcaketeers!

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I have posted.  Shame on me!  There has been so much going on after the 1st Cupcake Camp that I have been running around like a crazy person!  But here is to staying up to date in the wonderful year of 2011!

As for Cupcake Camp Hollywood, what an amazing time we had.  We had our usual suspects with us to help (thank you Stephanie Starbuck, Jamie Lee, Doug Starbuck, Kayla Starbuck, and A.N.T.)!  And you have to give it to the guys for cooperating to wear my signature pink shoes!

The day started off in a frantic, rain was in the forecast and we were arriving a bit late for set up, but upon arrival, we loaded in and set up just in time before the doors opened.  And oh boy, when the doors opened it was a crowdfest headed our way!  What excitement!!!  🙂

Our flavors on board with us, we decided upon a “Hot Chocolate” theme so we did all cakes “Hot Chocolate” and then went for different toppings which included Salted Caramel, Peppermint, Marshmallow, and Stephanie’s signature Chambord!

Upon entering, the people were given beads to give to the baker of their choice.  After the 1st tasting, we didn’t place, but the 2nd round we took 2nd place and received an amazing Scharffen Berger gift basket.  Not to mention, they sent us a huge box full of chocolate goodies to help bake our cupcakes prior to the event!  (THANK YOU!!!)

We met some amazing bakers out there including the owner and mastermind of Cake Pops and a young first timer Jackie Brubaker who had delicious alcohol based treats!

Thank you to everyone who came out and a huge thank you to Babette from www.bakespace.com who organized it all!  We can’t wait for next year!

Here are some photos from fans and our own that we thought we would share!  Cheers!

 

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Cupcake Camp IE – Results

12 Nov

Annette Starbuck - Founder

Hello all!!

As most of you know, I recently was involved with Cupcake Camp IE at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.  I wanted to post afterwards to give you some amazing pictures and to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended.  There was an unbelievable turnout!  Thank you to Addie of Frosted Heaven Cupcakery for putting this event on!  What a fantastic job!  With over 600 attendees,  I have been told we raised over $8,400 towards the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Charity in just 3 hours!!!  This is what it was all about.

Also a huge CONGRATS to The Cake Mama’s for winning the Tastiest Professional Cupcake.  I have to agree!  Even though I am a huge fan of my own, I did think that theirs were absolutely exquisite!

I have attached a photo gallery for all Goodie Girl’s Cupcake Eaters!  Thank you and hope to see you at the Cupcake Camp Hollywood on November 20th!

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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