Live Blog: Cupcake Camp Boston 2012

7:25 pm

Found a fluffernutter cupcake (didn’t indulge though.) only been able to find one dairy free cupcake so far and it was pretty yummy!

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7:07 pm

Last four cupcakes left! These are a hot item tonite!

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6:49 pm

All out of cuppies for the VIP session and tons of peeps are asking for ’em after seeing them online. Come back in ten minutes!

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Cupcake Camp Boston 2012 – Chocolate Mashed Potato Cupcakes

Chocolate mashed potato cupcakesTomorrow night is the long-awaited Cupcake Camp Boston. Today, I’ve been busy baking and prepping for the event. This year, I’m making these Chocolate Mashed Potato Cupcakes that I first saw on the Sprinkle Bakes blog. I made a few minor modifications to the order of adding and mixing ingredients but otherwise left the recipe as-is.

Yes – these cuppies have mashed potatoes in them, but you wouldn’t know it! The 1/3 cup of leftover taters in the batter helps to make a dense but moist cake. However, instead of making standard size cupcakes, I’m bringing minis tomorrow night since event attendees are assaulted by so many different tempting treat combinations. It’s nearly impossible to eat a full size cupcake. So, hopefully, these little guys won’t dry out too much before tomorrow night.

Now, here’s the recipe so you can try these the next time you have some leftovers!

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Counting Down to Cupcake Camp

There’s less than a week left until Cupcake Camp Boston 2012. This year, there are two options to attend:

  • VIP attendance, $25 per ticket. VIP entrance gets you special entry into the event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Purchase advance VIP tickets now.
  • General Admission, $5 per ticket. With this option, you are let in after 7 p.m. and this is only available at the door.

Admission is a bit different this year. There are a limited amount of advanced, VIP tickets. But, with this option – you get the first choice of all the cupcakes from the professional and amateur bakers.

The Full Deets

  • When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 21
  • Where: The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville
  • Why: You love cupcakes and proceeds benefit a local food pantry.

So, stop by and see me! I’ll be bringing Chocolate Mashed Potato Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. I know, totally tempting, right?

Cupcake Camp Boston 2012

Registration is now open for amateur bakers to take part in Cupcake Camp Boston 2012 in Somerville, Mass. Last year’s event was an awesome experience for me and my baking-partner-in-crime, Miss Stacey. (Check out my review of the 2011 shindig. It was a sugar rush and a half!!)

Now, if you’re a cupcake baker who wants to take part, stop by the website by April 25. The event will be held 6 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the Armory in Somerville. Last year, attendees (not those baking, but devouring the tastees) forked over a small donation to benefit an area food pantry. Warning: Get there early if you want a chance at all of the goods! (You have been warned!) The event also features tons of sweets from Boston-area bakeries. Last year, some of the pro bakers were: Babycakes, the Cupcakory, Treat Cupcake Bar and more.

I plan on baking some interesting chocolate mashed potato cuppies…I hope to see you at Cupcake Camp 2012!! Be sure to follow my Tweets @crelacion where I’ll post more pix on the day of the event, too!

The Fudge Bar at Logan Airport

Mint Oreo fudge at Logan AirportIf you happen to have a domestic flight out of Boston’s Logan Airport with JetBlue (Terminal C), just like I did recently, you can indulge your sweet tooth with some fresh, homemade fudge treats.

The Fudge Bar serves up fancy fudge squares in flavors like pumpkin pie or mint Oreo. Here are some photo snapshots that I grabbed before my flight:

Variety of Fudge at Logan AirportRocky Road, Chocolate Marshmallow and Penuche are some of the flavors you can find.

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Check-in: 6 New England Things to Try

Shortly after we moved back to New England I made a list “6 New England Things to Try,” that was comprised of some of the region’s most beloved items. In the little over a half a year since we have been year (where has 2011 gone!?), I am 2/3 of the way through my list.

Here’s a little bit of a check-in with my progress and some thoughts:

Lobster Roll

Inspired by Adam Richman’s trip to Maine on an episode of “Man v. Food,” one of the must-try items on my list was the lobster roll. Chunks of fresh lobster mixed with a little bit of mayo and piled high on a roll.

Being one of the top things I needed to try, I had been asking around for recommendations since moving back to Mass., which garnered some great tips from long-time locals. One weekend, Brett and I ended up at The Beach Plum’s Portsmouth, NH location delving into a huge sandwich.

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Review: Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita ExteriorOn our last edition of “Write the Caption,” we showed the picture of this guy (see right.) The winner of caption challenge is Pam with:

Sir, may I take your umbrella?

Well, this guy can be found outside one of my favorite spots in all of Boston’s North End, Dolce Vita (which means the “sweet life.”) Owner Franco Graceffa welcomes everyone into his home for an unforgettable meal.

With so many restaurants claiming they are the best in this little neighborhood, Dolce Vita is our go-to place when we want to savor a hearty Italian meal. Franco does just about everything at the restaurant from seating you to taking your order. If you don’t see something you like on the menu, he’ll work with you to create something that you will love.

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