Sweet Shots

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Last weekend was a time for celebrating- from a 21st birthday, to a dear friend’s wedding, I was gearing up for the festivities all week. The more excited I am, the less capable I am of sitting still, so I made these cupcake shots for the occasions. 

Mini cupcakes (and shots) are dangerous- it’s hard to keep track of how many you’ve had! Over the course of the celebrations, I managed to indulge in both. To quote LMFAO, “Cup(cakes) in the air, everybody let’s take shots”. 

House of Cards

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What do you bake for a 90th birthday party for a woman who loves bridge and golf? A round of golf cupcakes, and a deck of cards…cupcakes. Full disclosure, the cards are actually brownies, but in order to get their shape just right, brownies were the perfect way to go about it.

This order reminded me most of two things: my brother, who is an incredibly skilled poker player, and House of Cards. The show sucked me in, and I could not stop watching it. Kevin Spacey quickly made my list of favorite actors after season 2, and Robin Wright is just on point. Can you tell I enjoyed it? Best.scene.ever. 

If you play your cards right…

Cupcake Chatter

So many people throughout the week have been telling me about the closing of Crumbs. While it’s certainly sad to see a cupcake giant go, I don’t believe this means the end of cupcakes. 

Here are some of the best and worst articles I’ve read this week about the end of Crumbs. 

Love everything from BA:

http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/crumbs-closing?mbid=social_20140708_27451496

Steam is coming out of my ears:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cupcakes-are-everything-thats-wrong-with-america-2014-07-09?pagenumber=2

And the straight facts:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/sticky-time-for-crumbs-bake-shop-1404770884

Trust me, RBC isn’t going anywhere! 

All American Cupcake

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Happy 4th of July weekend! Since this is one of my favorite holidays, I’m counting down the seconds until I am out of Manhattan and next to some kind of body of water.

The best parts of the 4th of July (for me at least) are the BBQs. This weekend I anticipate that most all of my meals will come off the grill.
To gear up for the weekend, I made BBQ themed cupcakes that were actually featured on Tuesday on @New_Fork_City. This Instagram handle posts some incredible food shots, and RBC was lucky enough to get a shout out for this cupcake trio.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday weekend! 

Photo Booth Phiesta

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Here’s to closing out the birthday week with some fun photos from a Photo Booth “Phiesta”. On Wednesday, RBC joined forces with Lindsay’s Necklaces for a party filled with taco cupcakes, beautiful necklaces, and of course, margaritas and Coronas. 

We had such a great time, and possibly a little too much fun with the photo booth. Cheers to the weekend!

Guess Who’s 2!

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This week, RBC is two years old. Can ya believe it?!

It’s going to be a big year- I can feel it. To kick things off, I am debuting the company’s logo for the first time. I am so incredibly excited about it-having worked with an amazingly talented designer since January, it is everything I wanted RBC’s logo to be.

Now that this box is checked, keep an eye out for more exciting things to come. I’m thinking a real website (but don’t worry, the tumblr will still be live), fun events, and of course so many more cupcakes.

Another year and another chance to thank everyone for their continued support and enthusiasm! Customers have become friends, friends have become customers, and you are all doing an amazing job spreading the word. I can’t thank you enough.

My family and dear friends, I owe you big time. I’m not sure where RBC would be if it wasn’t for your taste testing, tags, and never ending love for all things cupcakes.

To another year!

-A

Hats Off To The Graduate

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Well, she did it. Last one in the family to graduate high school, and the sous chef will soon be off to college.  

On top of the hours spent baking the night before the big day, we also spent time going over her graduation speech. She knocked it out of the park. The whole family (cousins, aunts, uncles) were in the audience, and I’m pretty sure my mom wasn’t the only one crying.

A huge congrats to all of the graduates over the past few weekends- I am sure you are all looking forward to summer (first official day is 6/21) more so than anyone. 

Colorful Bites

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Brownies + vanilla frosting + sprinkles = colorful Sunday pick-me-up.

Bringing Home the Bacon

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It’s been a crazy couple of days- over 100 cupcakes and not nearly as much sleep as I’m used to. But what made it all worth it is the way I felt (relief) the second I dropped off this rushed golf cupcake order, or surprised a few coworkers with celebratory cupcakes. 

You’ve seen the golf cupcakes before, but when I was deciding what to make for my boss’ birthday, I decided to cook up a new look for the cheeseburger cupcakes. I managed to find gummy bacon online, and was shocked at how realistic it felt and looked. While the packaging had a warning NOT to cook the gummies, their strawberry smell and taste was indication enough for me that a frying pan was not a good idea.

With all of these recent orders, I was able to invest in a second mixer to keep at my other HQ on Long Island. It was embarrassing how excited I was to bring it home and try it out- the box was even buckled in on the drive home. The hard work, cheesy as it sounds (the puns!), paid off, and now I’m treating myself to a little vacation away from the city and cupcakes. 

Let the Games Begin

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Happy Friday! It’s that time of year again- back to another jam packed summer of traveling, baking, and spending as much time in the sun/pool/ocean as possible. 

I know summer is coming when baseball season starts up. While I haven’t been to any games at Citi Field or Yankee Stadium, I have played for my company’s softball team on Randall’s Island, and engaged in some intense wiffle ball games out in Montauk. (Below) 

To kick off the summer season, I baked these “mancakes” (as my coworker so fittingly deemed them) for well, a man’s birthday. These cupcakes were a fun twist on old tricks for someone who is clearly a sports fan, and a pizza guy to boot.

Here’s to all the summer fun to come!

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