Featured Bakery: Sugar Rays Bake Shop

Are you a pro or amateur baker? I guess I would be considered a Pro Baker, I am a vendor at different venues around Dallas as well as a restaurant in Plano sells my cupcakes on a weekly basis. I am currently looking for a retail location to open my shop! I have always played around in the kitchen and have loved baking for as long as i can remember, but within the last year I have turned my love into a full on reality, and i couldn’t be happier!

This year, our theme is “Frosting, the international language of love.” We’re all Texans now, but tell us a little bit about your heritage! Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? I was born and raised in Dallas but my family is Italian. I will be bringing in a cupcake that touches on my Italian roots!

What type of cupcake will you be bringing to Cupcake Camp Dallas? I am going to be bringing some of my most popular flavors to cupcake camp such as: Chocolate Hazelnut with a Hot Chocolate Frosting, Red Velvet Latte, Strawberry, Banana and some other great flavors!

How did you find out about Cupcake Camp Dallas? I heard of cupcake camp through a friend who told me that I could NOT pass it up this year!

What makes a great cupcake? I think what makes a great cupcake is confidence in knowing that experimenting with different flavors and mixing and matching different recipes can actually turn out a great unique cupcake! That, and never measuring the vanilla…

Got a good tip? A tip that I would give someone would be to be careful not to overmix the batter!

My website is www.sugarraysbakeshop.com

Baker Profile: Cupcakes by Mel

Are you a pro or amateur baker? I am a home based baker who started my own business in December 2011.

This year, our theme is “Frosting, the international language of love.” We’re all Texans now, but tell us a little bit about your heritage! Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? I am a native Texas, born and raised in the Dallas metroplex.

What type of cupcake will you be bringing to Cupcake Camp Dallas? I will be bringing carrot cake, strawberry lemonade, and coconut mocha flavors to the event

Did you participate in Cupcake Camp Dallas last year? I am new to Cupcake Camp Dallas!

What makes a great cupcake? I think a cupcake should be moist and rich in flavor, with an icing that complements it well. Cupcakes should not only look good but taste delicious as well.

Got a good cupcake tip? Never over beat your batter.

Website: www.cakesbymel.net
Twitter: @Cakesbymel1
Facebook: Cakes by Mel

Featured Bakery: Krème de la Cupcake

Are you a pro or amateur baker? I definitely think I’m a combination of both because I learn new things about baking and decorating every day!

This year, our theme is “Frosting, the international language of love.” We’re all Texans now, but tell us a little bit about your heritage! Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?  I was born in Dallas and grew up in Lancaster, Texas. After graduating from Texas State University I went to work in Human Resources and I now live in North Dallas.

What type of cupcake will you be bringing to Cupcake Camp Dallas?  My signature cupcake- Seduction, as well as Birthday Cake, German Chocolate and southern classics: Strawberry, Red Velvet, Strawberry Shortcake!

Tell us how you heard about cupcake camp:  I heard about Cupcake Camp via a co-worker, and I knew I had to participate this year.

What makes a great cupcake?  Fresh ingredients and having a passion for baking! Chocolate helps too!! 

Got a good cupcake tip? Always let your frosting complement your cake!

Website: http://kremedelacupcake.com/
Twitter: @KremeDLCupcake
Facebook: Kreme de la Cupcake

Featured Baker: Courtney Price

We are so very excited to welcome Courtney Price to all the sweet baking fun in June! Here’s a little more about herself :) Make sure you check it out!

Are you a pro or amateur baker?  Good Question! I graduated from New England Culinary Institute a few years ago, with a AOS in Baking in Pastry Arts, but I do not own my own physical bakery, so I am participating as an Amateur this year!

This year, our theme is “Frosting, the international language of love.” We’re all Texans now, but tell us a little bit about your heritage! Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? I want to bring the theme to life by exploring lots of new boundries, like my heritage! I have lived in 11 different states, so I want to show case lots of differences in techniques and themes.

What type of cupcake will you be bringing to Cupcake Camp Dallas?  I am excited to bring a new flavor for me, the Texas Bandit. Also, showing some of New England life with a Maple French Toast!

If you were a part of Cupcake Camp Dallas last year, tell us a little bit about your experience. I was a spectator last year! It was a great experience, because I had just moved to Texas. I got to talk all the local bakers and get some great advice!

What makes a great cupcake?  Difference! You can get vanilla or chocolate anywhere. It all is in the ingredients and flavors.

Got a good cupcake tip?  Don’t stay in boundaries!

Website: www.studmuffincakes.moonfruit.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/studmuffincakes

Featured Bakery: The Babycakes Cupcakery

We are proud to announce that The Babycakes Cupcakery will be coming back to Cupcake Camp Dallas this year.  BCC has been a family business run by Rhe’Keisha Stanley since 2010 and Cupcake Camper since 2011!

This year, our theme is “Frosting, the international language of love.” We’re all Texans
now, but tell us a little bit about your heritage! Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? I grew up in the suburb of Dallas, Duncanville. I currently reside in Desoto, Texas

What type of cupcake will you be bringing to Cupcake Camp Dallas? I’m really not sure at this point. It will have to be a SURPRISE! :)

If you were a part of Cupcake Camp Dallas last year, tell us a little bit about your experience.  Last year at cupcake camp as an amateur baker was awesome. I really enjoyed myself. It not only made me look forward to another year, but to come back as a professional baker.

What makes a great cupcake? Fluffy/moist cake and smooth frosting…

Got a good cupcake tip? Never beat the batter longer than needed… You will end up with cornbread instead of a fluffy cake.

Website: www.thebabycakescupcakeryandmore.com
Twitter: @bccupcakery2011
Facebook: Baby Cakes Cupcakery

Featured Baker: CupCake FabuLous

We are very happy that CupCake FabuLous will be joining us again this year!  We are looking forward to what Meleah will be bringing to the party!

Are you a pro or amateur baker?  I would say a little of both, I am constantly learning new things.   The cupcake is always being reinvented and I love the creativity that comes with baking.

This year, our theme is “Frosting, the international language of love.”  We’re all Texans now, but tell us a little bit about your heritage!  Where did you grow up?  Where do you live now?  I’m a born and raised Texas girl.  I was born in Longview, Texas and lived there until my family moved to Dallas when I was 11.  I’ve been in the Dallas area ever since with the exception of a job transfer to Colorado for a year.  My family currently resides in Wylie, Texas.

What type of cupcake will you be bringing to Cupcake Camp Dallas? We are still working on this, but definitely our new Chocolate Cream Cheese CupCake and sticking with the frosting theme a Mouse Frosting filled CupCake!
If you were a part of Cupcake Camp Dallas last year, tell us a little bit about your experience.  We had a wonderful time last year, it was great to see so many bakers come together for such a wonderful cause.  It was not only tons of fun, but raised funds for such a wonderful organization.  We are really excited about being able to participate again this year.

What makes a great cupcake? I think my answer may be the same as last year, but a moist cupcake is the absolute best!  And a creamy, light frosting also can’t be beat.

Got a good cupcake tip?  If you are using bright colored liners with chocolate batter or a darker colored batter, double line your cupcake pan so the color will be visible after they bake. 

Featured Baker: Sweet Art Bakery

We are proud to have Sweet Art Bakery join us this year.  Owner Sarah Halterman is sure to bring some delicious treats for us in June!
  • This year, our theme is “Frosting, the international language of love.”  We’re all Texans now, but tell us a little bit about your heritage!  Where did you grow up?  Where do you live now? I grew up in Chicago, Atlanta and southern California but have been a Texan for about 17 years and been in business in McKinney for 5 yrs.
  • What type of cupcake will you be bringing to Cupcake Camp Dallas? We’ll be bringing some delicious ones! :) Strawberry jalapeno, Peanut butter banana, Triple chocolate, Beer and pretzel,…and more!
  • Tell us what you are looking forward to in your first Cupcake Camp Dallas! I was not a part of last year’s camp, but I’m always looking for fun new ways to give back to the community and love to stay active in the baking/decorating scene. An employee of mine attends culinary school and she got the info through one of her classes.
  • What makes a great cupcake? A light, airy cake that has the perfect ratio of cake to frosting
  • Got a good cupcake tip? Never refrigerate your cupcakes. It tends to tighten the crumb and make them heavier and more dense. Store them in an airtight container instead 

Featured Baker: Margaret Bradley

Margaret is a first time Cupcake Camp Dallas amateur baker who will be creating delicious sweets from her own kitchen. She was born and raised in North East Texas in the small town of Mt. Pleasant. She currently lives in Carrollton, TX with my husband and two year old son.

This year, she plans on topping her secret cakes with different frostings that go with this year’s theme, “Frosting: The international language of love.”

Margaret heard about Cupcake Camp Dallas last year from her college sorority Big Sis, Melissa Holiday (Amateur Baker Best Overall Cupcake Winner).  This year, Margaret is excited to bake alongside Melissa.

Her tip: Do your baking when you are happy. You will take your time and try harder to make them taste and look good.

Her advice on what makes a good cupcake: When making a cake that calls for fruit, I always add just a liitle more than the recipe calls for. For example, if it calls for three bananas, I put in 4. If a recipe calls for 2 cups of strawberries I might add 2 and 1/4 cups. I find it keeps the cake moist longer.

Bakery Profile: Crazy Good Cupcakes

  • Are you a pro or amateur baker?  I am a little of both. Everyone can learn something new. No one knows everything!
  • This year, our theme is “Frosting, the international language of love.” We’re all Texans now, but tell us a little bit about your heritage! Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?  I was born in St. Louis, MO and I moved to Royal Oak, MI when I was a baby. When I turned 10 I moved to Las Vegas until I was 20. After I had my daughter I moved back to Michigan and lived there until 6 years ago when I moved to Rockwall, Texas
  • What type of cupcake will you be bringing to Cupcake Camp Dallas?  Cherry, Banana, and Lemon Cream Cheese
  • If you were a part of Cupcake Camp Dallas last year, tell us a little bit about your experience.  It was wonderful to see all of the people in support of the Leap Foundation. I to have a son who was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.
  • What makes a great cupcake?  Keeping it simple and not forgetting the roots of the simple home baker
  • Got a good cupcake tip?  Too long in the oven can ruin your day!

Website: http://www.wix.com/michaelndawn/crazygoodcupcakes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/crazygoodcupcakes

Featured Baker: Melissa Holiday

Melissa grew up in Hot Springs Arkansas, moved to Dallas two years ago and recently bought a home in Garland TX.

Melissa won the BEST OVERALL AMATEUR CUPCAKE in Cupcake Camp Dallas 2011, and promises to bring some great cupcakes again this year.  She was elated to take hope a trophy, but really enjoyed seeing the creative ideas and tasting cupcakes from throughout the metroplex.

A tip from the champ: “A great cupcake takes patience: making sure the ingredients are measured properly, filling those little pans just so then waiting for them to cool completely so you can properly frost. Also, Freezer bag+Scissors=piping bag!”