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Retro Bridal Shower Mini Cupcakes

Check out these cute bridal shower cupcakes! The FAB Jen from theBlahblahblahger.com contacted me about an order for mini cupcakes for a bridal shower she was hosting. The theme was Retro Housewife. I found these cupcake toppers on Etsy but at 3″ they were too big so I asked for a custom order to make them 2″. I was worried they might still be too big but they were perfect! And so freakin cute and right on theme. The other dozen were decorated in red and pink polka dots. The two flavors were Tea Time and XOXO.

Thanks for the great pics Jen!

Giant Gluten-free Cupcake


Giant Gluten-free Cars cupcake, originally uploaded by kristin_a.

I was asked to make a giant cupcake gluten-free for a little boy’s 2nd birthday. He had never had cake before! The theme for the birthday was Disney’s Cars. Since I am not a artist, I had to make something showcasing the other elements of the movie rather than make something look like Lightning McQueen.

The cupcake wrapper is made with candy melts in orange, red and yellow to match the fire on McQueen’s car. And the lightning bolts are made with fondant tinted yellow to also match McQueen’s car. And I found these cute cupcake rings of Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen that I put around the edge. And the frosting is a simple vanilla buttercream. What you can’t see is the inside of the cake! It’s filled with a mix of buttercream and mini chocolate chips. YUM!

Everything was gluten-free and the reviews were great! Even gluten eaters liked the cake. Success! And a little boy finally got to eat cake.

Also highlighted on CTTC blog: http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com/2009/07/10-giant-cupcakes-we-have-known-and.html

Weddings On Ice Bridal Show & Party Planning Expo

I am a bridal show virgin. My first one is coming up, called Weddings on Ice, and I am so excited and nervous! I’ve been preparing for it since June. I want my table to be perfect. I’ve been searching for table decorations and trying to create a table scape that will reflect my personality and my business.

I’ve taken great inspiration from Kara of Kara’s Parties. She deserves the party queen crown because seriously, take a look at this: Circus Party and Fourth of July BBQ and Bunco Party which is the party I am taking inspiration from. My logo colors are pink and turquoise/teal so when I saw this:


(photo from Kara’s site)
I knew I had to try and emulate it as much as possible. I have a 6′ conference style table at the event so I am definitely going to copy her tablecloth look. I don’t know if I can have the striped fabric behind me though. Still need to check on that. I am going to have some regular sized cupcakes out for display only and then trays of mini cupcakes for brides and grooms to sample. I will also have a couple of photo albums, one at each end of the table, with pics of my cupcakes. Or I could just set up my laptop for people to view my Flickr cupcake set. What do you think?

I’ve also created these little giveaways

Favor ideas for bridal show

Cello bags filled with pink and blue jimmies and stickers with my name and website url. Question is, how many do I make? I have 100 bags but only 80 stickers.

Should I have little bottles of water too? I don’t have time or money to personalize anything right now. I won’t even have shirts or aprons with my logo on them. I am going to try and make a sign with my logo on it and stick it to some foam core so I have some sort of signage. No money. 🙁 So I hope that doesn’t hurt me as a business. I will have a cupcake apron on but it’s just a Jessie Steele one

Is there anything else I am missing? Any advice would be greatly appreciated from my fellow businesses out there who’ve attended Bridal shows.

And now for the info….

BEAT THE HEAT! The Weddings on Ice Bridal Show is a FREE event with FREE parking. They are also serving as a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. If you bring a canned good, you get half-off skating admission (only $5 to skate). There will be a vow renewal ceremony at 11:15a and a fashion show at 12p. They are also hosting “A Dress for Charity” where they accept gently worn party and bridal dresses for charity. All proceeds go directly to Second Harvest Food Bank too. More:

  • Celebrity Hockey Player Garter Belt Sign and Toss!
  • Group Renewal of Vows Ceremony (Come in your favorite Hockey Jersey, Funny Tee Shirts! Prizes for the Best Dressed, Most Creative, and Craziest
  • Fashion Show EXTRAVAGANZA!

    Everything from the Wedding Day to the Honeymoon!!!

There are also going to be free food samples, cake tastings, CUPCAKE TASTINGS (courtesy of moi) and door prizes, raffles and freebies.

Saturday July 25 10-3pm
23641 La Palma Avenue
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
714/322-9445

I am going to have a special offer for brides, event planners, etc at this event only. So if you come, please stop by my table and I’ll tell you all about it!

Hope to see you there!

Hope you had a GREAT 4th!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July! We spent the afternoon visiting friends up in LA. The guys BBQed while my friend Elizabeth and I chatted and I colored with Emory, their 2 1/2 yr old daughter. We thought we were going to miss out on the fireworks because we started to head home right around 9p but instead we saw the most amazing displays as we drove down the 5. We saw so many fireworks going off all around from parks and people’s backyards. Some were going off right above the freeway and right in front of us. We even joked that maybe we should do this every year.

I wanted to congratulate Julie and Alyssa with winning the giveaways hosted by AngryJulieMonday and The Mom Blog on the OC Register! I hope you both enjoyed your cupcakes and that your guests enjoyed them as well!

Here are a few pics of the cupcakes that I made for the 4th:

4th of July cupcakes

4th of July cupcakes

4th of July cupcakes

One half of the year is already over. Can you believe it?!?

Cupcake Kabob Tutorial

cupcake kabob

So the lovely Suz Broughton asked if I’d do a guest post on her blog on the OC Register. I was planning to do one for Fathers Day but time ran away from me so instead I did one for the 4th of July. In my post, which you can read here, I give a tutorial on how to make cupcake kabobs. These ones are specifically for the 4th of July but really you could customize them for any event.

Cupcake Kabob Tutorial

Better yet, you can even leave a comment and be entered to win a dozen cupcakes from me! Woo hoo! You have to be in Orange County though, or be willing to get to Orange County to pick them up.

So what are you doing still reading this?? Head over to the OC Register and check out my post! Scoot, scoot!

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/http-555614-style-cupcakes.html

Cupcake Kabob Tutorial

Delicious!

Independence Day is almost here!

Get your orders in now for special 4th of July cupcakes from Meringue Bake Shop. Each dozen box contains a mix of regular size red velvet and vanilla cupcakes topped with colored buttercream and patriotic decorations all for $30.

4th of July cupcake mosaic

Pick up available on Friday July 3 in the afternoon or Saturday July 4 after 12p in Orange. Give me a call 714.927.7686 or send me an email kristin@meringuebakeshop.com to place your order.

Wanna try my cupcakes… FOR FREE??

The lovely Julie from Angry Julie Monday is celebrating her 2 year blog anniversary by giving away cool things to her readers. Isn’t she so nice??

One of her giveaways is from Meringue Bake Shop! You can win 1 dozen regular size cupcakes or 2 dozen mini cupcakes (1 flavor) by visiting her site and following her instructions for entering. This is for OC people only or anyone who can get to Orange, CA to pick them up.

Go over to her site and check it out already!

Sheesh.

Have a good weekend! Doing some flavor testing this weekend… will report back on Monday about that.

Happy Fathers Day!

So this post comes a day late. Didn’t get very many cupcakes orders for Fathers Day. Maybe it’s not a cupcake kinda holiday. Still figuring out stuff like that. Anyway, I wanted to share this order I got from Kirsten Wright from WrightCreativity.com (@kirstenwright). Two dozen mini cupcakes decorated in Happy Fathers Day!

Fathers Day cupcakes

Hope everyone had a great Fathers Day!

Everybodys workin for the weekend…

…. except me! Seems like I am working for a working weekend lately.

Busy bee weekend. Had a custom order for baby shower cupcakes, a delivery for a birthday party at The Little Gym in San Clemente and my dad’s 55th birthday down in San Diego (we ate at Gulf Coast Grille – HIGHLY recommend it). THAT was just Saturday! Then on Sunday, the most ever awesome KARI from Retro Bakery and her fam came to OC for a visit and to try my cupcakes at Bliss. And they brought me cupcakes!! It was sooo great to see her, Brian and adorable Lucy and Abbi. It’s like everytime I see them I feel like I’ve known them forever. We are all just comfortable. My husband entertained Lucy by making silly faces at her and Abbi told me about their adventure checking into their hotel. It was a great visit but too short. But I will be visiting Retro in October when Fields of Cake will be there too!

Me and Kari
Me & Kari

Retro Cupcakes! (Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies and Cream, Coffee and Donuts, Pink Lemonade, Iced Tea and missing – Hopscotch)

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Baby shower mini cupcakes
Cupcakes for a baby shower
(red velvet with cream cheese buttercream & fondant flowers and butterflies)

Cupcakes for my dad
Cupcakes for Dad's 55th Birthday
(those are beer candles and fondant helicopters on top of Coconutty cupcakes)

Meeting with a bride & groom tomorrow for a tasting and to talk about their upcoming wedding. I am also thinking about participating in a Bridal event on July 25 in Yorba Linda. I’ve never done something like this so I’m not sure what to expect.

Also FYI – I will be unavailable for cupcakes between July 26 and August 3 as I will be out of town (in San Diego) for work, my 9-5 job. Sucks doesn’t it?

That’s all for now!

I’ve got a blog button!

Thanks to Tanya Ahedo from Design Action Studios for creating this blog button for me. And thanks to Kirsten Wright from Wright Creativity and Julie from Angry Julie Monday for getting it coded for me. Isn’t it cute??

Meringue Bake Shop

So feel free to spread the love and add it to your sites. When clicked, it will take you to my website www.meringuebakeshop.com and will open in a new window so as not to take anyone away from your own site.

Thanks again Tanya, Kirsten and Julie!!