valentines day

Fun & Easy Treats for Valentine’s Day

While everyone else was watching the Super Bowl, I was hanging out with Cupcakes & Cutlery making delicious stuff.

One of the things we made was candy popcorn using Jell-O. Head over to her blog to check out this fun DIY.


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DIY: Valentines Day Smash Cake


Valentines Day is almost here and you still have no idea what to do. Right? How about a Valentines Day smash cake? You’ve probably heard of smash cakes before. Usually for 1st birthday parties where it’s ok to get cake all over your face and up your nose. But this cake is a version made for bigger kids, and adults alike. And I am going to show you how it’s done!

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Valentine’s Day is almost here!

This valentine’s day surprise your loved ones with 6 or 12 cupcakes from Meringue Bake Shop. We are offering special pricing on half dozen boxes. Not normally available in small quanities, these half dozen boxes will feature 6 Queen of Hearts (red velvet cake with cream cheese or cinnamon buttercream or a mix of both) cupcakes decorated for Valentine’s Day. Decorations include red and white roses, hearts, and glitter. A half dozen box is only $20 or you can get a full dozen for only $30!

Place your order now by giving us a call at 714.927.7686 or emailing us at We will be taking orders until February 10 with pick up on Saturday Feb 13 or Sunday Feb 14. Additional fees apply for delivery.

What better way to say I Love You than with red velvet cupcakes from Meringue Bake Shop!

Valentine’s Day cupcakes

Valentine’s Day cupcakes
This year, like last, I marketed boxes of Valentines Day cupcakes for sale. I ended up getting 17 orders which was great. Each box contained 4 cupcakes – 2 in each flavor, decorated for Valentine’s day. The flavors were Hot Tamale and Queen of Hearts.
Valentine's Day cupcakes Valentine's Day cupcakes

I’ve been wanting to get more creative with my fondant so I decided to emboss my hearts this year. I really love how it looked. From a suggestion I received from the CTTC discussion board, I found some Cuttlebug scrapbooking embossers at Michaels. I just laid it on top of my fondant and rolled with some pressure. Viola! Embossed fondant. I also found some other embossing tools at Tuesday Morning for cheap. Can’t wait to try those ones out.

40th Birthday cupcakes
Here is another example. I embossed the circles with the 40’s on them.

For an upcoming wedding, I’ll be embossing some fondant for the tops of her wedding cupcakes. These Valentine’s cupcake were my trial run and I’m really pleased with how they came out.

Speaking of weddings, I’ve booked another wedding for September. Fall is going to be a very busy season!

Making progress!

So this Saturday I am meeting the owner of the commercial kitchen I will be using to bake my cupcakes. I will also be seeing the kitchen for the first time and I cannot tell you HOW EXCITED I AM! I feel like a little kid waiting for my birthday to come. Saturday can’t come soon enough!

I also signed up for Essential Steps to Starting a Successful Business workshop held by the Orange County Small Business Developement Center. I hope that this class will be able to help me get organized and make sense of all the forms out there to be filled. Right now, my head is spinning with all the forms I’ve found out there. Do I need a business license? A sellers permit? A food handlers permit? I’m even having trouble filing out my DBA because I’m not 100% sure how I should file: an individual, a general partnership, a limited partnership, co-partners, a husband and wife, etc. LLC is on the form but since I don’t have one yet (working on that too) I can’t check that box. They ask for information about the LLC which I won’t have until I get it. I am looking into getting an umbrella insurance policy to protect me in the meantime.

Lots of talk about the business! I have been busy baking as well. The cupcakes for my brothers birthday. I also baked some sample cupcakes for Valentines Day in hopes of getting a few orders. I package up 4 cupcakes in a box and tie with Valentine’s ribbon and attach a Valentines card in a vellum envelope. Here’s what they looked like last year:

Valentine's Day Cupcakes Valentine's Day Cupcakes

This year I am offering Hot Tamale (dark chocolate cupcake with spicy cinnamon buttercream) and Queen of Hearts (red velvet with cream cheese frosting) with much fancier decorations than last year.

Valentine Cupcake samples
Cupcake Samples

I got another wedding order too. This one is for end of March. I am shipping the bride-t0-be cupcakes to taste. So I’ll be testing out another shipping technique. We’ll see how it comes out.

That’s it for now!