This is what I’m thankful for this year…

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As we look forward to tomorrow and the Thanksgiving holiday I am flooded with all the normal thoughts of thankfulness. I am grateful for my loving family and friends, for my two healthy little boys, for my warm cozy home and all the gifts I’ve been blessed with this year. I am thankful for the wonderful people in our lives and the clarity to recognize just how fortunate we are in a world that is not always so kind. But this year my thoughts turn in another direction and I realize that I have a whole other list of thanks specifically related to my “other family”…my Cupcake Shoppe family. This “other family” is made up of all the wonderful women that work for me and YOU our wonderful customers and friends!

I am thankful to wake up each morning and work hard doing something that truly warms my soul. I am thankful to simply BE in business for another year as a small, local independent entrepreneur in a market that is filled with corporate chains and big box stores.

I am thankful for our bakers who come in at 4 or 5am each day with a strong commitment to quality scratch baking and execute their job with flawless performance and most of all a warm heart! I am thankful to my insanely talented decorators who inspire me with their vision and skill on a daily basis and make all our clients “cake dreams” come true. I am appreciative of their strong commitment to detail and making every last order perfect! I am thankful for my front counter staff who greet my customers with smiles and a helping hand. I appreciate their ability to make a killer cup of coffee and remember your name in a world too fast paced and impersonal for it’s own good most days. These young ladies fill the shop with a warmness that only their sweet personalities can! I am more than grateful for my managerial team who work the business as if it were their own and carry out my vision to a “T”. These amazing young women help keep the wheels turning 24/7 and allow me a little more time with my family than I used to see when we opened over 7 years ago with a staff of 2! I admire them all for their tireless commitment to their jobs, to the business, to our “cupcake family” and to YOU our wonderful clients.

I end this post with a huge heart and offer of gratitude to YOU our customers. Without you none of this would even exist. These 10 amazing women would not have the jobs they have, I would not run the business I do, and we would not be as lucky as we are to KNOW you! We would have missed out on your stories……your engagements, your weddings, your bridal & baby showers, your children’s birthdays, your date nights, your reunions, and all of your countless celebrations. We would not have had the opportunity to serve you, to get to KNOW you, to learn how you like your coffee, and what cupcake or cookie can put a smile on your face after a long day at the office. We would not have met your out of town friends, your families, your new pet, your in laws, or even seen the smiles on your faces when you found out that you are having a “little girl” even though you were convinced it was a boy! I AM THANKFUL, we are thankful, and wish you and yours the most wonderful of holidays! MANY THANKS!

Oh, what fun!

The holidays are just around the corner and we are preparing all of your favorite gift items from years past as well as some new ones! If you’re stuck on ideas for friends and loved ones, just browse the list below and give us a call – we will take care of all the baking for you!

Custom cupcakes - call for pricing

Custom cupcakes – call for pricing

Gingerbread Men - $2.75

Gingerbread Men – $2.75 each

Homemade Marshmallows (Cinnamon & Vanilla Bean) - $5

Homemade Marshmallows (Cinnamon & Vanilla Bean) – $5

Custom mini cakes - call for pricing

Custom mini cakes – call for pricing

Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce - $5.50

Whiskey Salted Caramel Sauce – $5.50

Peppermint Bark Boxes - $8

Peppermint Bark Boxes – $8

Hot Cocoa Jars - $6

Hot Cocoa Jars – $6

Dipped Peppermint Marshmallows - $4.50 each

Dipped Peppermint Marshmallows – $4.50 each

Call us for more details or if we can help you come up with something custom for your loved ones this holiday season! Mix, mingle…and “eat dessert first!”

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“Fall” in love with our new gift ideas!

The phrase, “turning over a new leaf” is never more appropriate than when fall rolls around and we begin to debut all of our new seasonal products! After a summer of light, citrusy, and fruity flavors it’s fun to play with new flavor profiles that are darker, nuttier, and spicier.

Recently, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting a booth at the Downtown Raleigh Farmer’s Market every Wednesday. The market has really let us stretch our creative muscles and play with some fun new products like homemade granola, pecan spread, caramel corn, and more!

If you miss us at market, you can find most of these items in the shoppe. While here, you can place your holiday gift orders…it’s never too early! A jar of homemade cocoa or a smore’s kit makes for a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer!

Call us today to place your order! 919-821-4223

Campfire Bars $6.50

Campfire Bar Kits $6.50

Hot Fudge + Whiskey Salted Caramel sauces $5.50

Hot Fudge or Whiskey Salted Caramel Sauces $5.50

Cheesecake Pops $3 each

Cheesecake Pops $3 each

Strawberry Orange or Blueberry  Jam - $6.50

Strawberry Orange or Blueberry Jam – $6.50

Hot Cocoa Jars - $6.00

Hot Cocoa Jars – $6.00

S'mores Kits - $6.50

S’mores Kits – $6.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, Sweet Summer!

We see a lot of birthdays around here come summertime, which means we are cranking out the cakes and cupcakes!

Summertime orders are especially fun because of all the bright colors and playful themes. We’ve compiled some of our favorites below!

 

You’ve got to love a nautical theme:

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Farm parties were a big hit this year:

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Under the sea and luau themes are a great way to beat the heat!

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Garden parties and ladybugs are perfect summer themes:

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And finally, what says “summer” better than baseball??

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We look forward to YOUR custom order! Call us at the shoppe for ideas and pricing 919-821-4223 :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonial: Rehearsal Dinner Cupcakes

We consider ourselves so lucky to be involved with our customers’ big milestones and celebrations. When we create something that makes that day extra memorable, it fills our hearts to the brim with happiness!

It makes us even happier when our customers take the time to reach out to us after the event to let us know how happy they were. Recently, we worked with Jan on designing a special rehearsal dinner cupcake order for her son and soon to be daughter-in-law.

We delivered and set up the cupcakes at a restaurant in Durham where the bride and groom had had their first date. The location was a perfect place to celebrate two people and their families coming together.

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The following week we received the sweetest email from Jan with rave reviews. It is truly these moments that make us so proud!

“Good morning all!  Just had to write you a quick note to thank you so much for all your hard work in making Blair and Ryan’s rehearsal dinner absolutely wonderful!  You were all amazing in your patience, in helping us to plan a fabulous evening.  The guests could not stop raving about every aspect of the night.  It’s on to Wedding Day now! Blessings to all of you for your hard work and thanks again for everything. 

Sincerely, Jan”

First Birthdays Are a “Smash”!

Is your little one about to turn The Big One? Our smash cakes and cupcakes are such a fun addition to the birthday festivities. Whether its a jumbo cupcake or a mini 6-inch cake, smash cakes can be customized to coordinate with any invite or party theme!

Here are a few of our favorite 1st birthday smash cakes:

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Jumbo cupcakes start at $4.75 and 6″ cakes start at $40.

Give us a call to see what fun designs we can customize for your little one. And don’t forget to capture the day in pictures! Michelle Clafferty is a local photographer who specializes in first birthday photo shoots. Check out her portfolio here!

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Spring into…cupcakes!

There are few things better than gathering friends together on a sunny, cool Spring day. The sweet tea is flowing, the breeze is blowing, and the kids are laughing. It’s these kinds of days that make any reason seem like a good reason to party!

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Springtime offers a lot of reasons to celebrate, besides the beautiful weather. Easter, Mother’s Day, and plenty of graduations take place during these months and our cupcakes and custom cakes are a perfect way to add to the fun! Take a look at the gallery below for inspiration and give us a call if we can help out. We would love to be a part of your next get-together! 919-821-4223

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Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

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“All You Need Is Love”…of all kinds!

This Valentine’s Day, we are asking our customers one question: “Who do you love?”

There are all different kinds of love in this world and we think Valentine’s Day is more about celebrating love in all forms rather than just solely romantic love.

Maybe you love your child’s teacher for being a role model, your babysitter for putting in the extra hours with the kids, your grandmother for being timeless, your best friend for always knowing how to make you happy, your child for being the light of your life…you get the idea!

We are working extra hard this season to bring you very special treats for all the wonderful people in your life.

Take a sneak peek below! We will have these treats in the shoppe and also available for pre-order February 10th – 15th. Call us anytime to order yours! 919-821-4223

Mini Heart Cookies $8.50/bag

Mini Heart Cookies $8.50/bag

Assorted Marshmallows $2.50/bag

Assorted Marshmallows $2.50/bag

Half Dozen Mini Boxes $8.50

Half Dozen Mini Boxes $10.50

Standard Size Cupcakes $3 each/$33 a dozen

Standard Size Cupcakes $3 each/$33 a dozen

Custom Cakes (call for pricing)

Custom Cakes (call for pricing)

Individual Conversation Heart Cookies $4.50

Individual Conversation Heart Cookies $4.50

We can’t wait to make your Valentine’s Day the best one yet!!

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Not just a pretty cupcake!

What’s in a name? When it comes to our name, it means delicious and fresh-baked cupcakes! Which you knew already…but did you also know that cupcakes aren’t the only trick up our sleeve?

We proudly count muffins, scones, breads, cookies of all kinds, hand-pies, marshmallows, turnovers, cinnamon rolls and plenty more in our repertoire of baked goods.

All of our bakers are culinary school graduates and love the chance to stretch their creative muscles outside the realm of cupcakes! This week, they chose to do a traditional rugelach bar which is very similar to baklava; super flaky and full of sweet goodness!

So when you’ve tried every cupcake on our menu and need something new to lift your spirits, try one of our baked from scratch and made with love goodies. They will keep you full and happy!

Also, any of our baked goods can be pre-ordered for office meetings, morning get-togethers, and special events. Just give us a call! 919-821-4223

Check out the gallery below to start your mouth watering!

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Marshmallows

Marshmallows

Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies

 

Fruit Hand Pies

Fruit Hand Pies

Cookies and Bread Slices

Cookies and Bread Slices

Cranberry Bars

Cranberry Bars

Caramel Corn

Caramel Corn

Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats

 

 

 

 

 

The 7 Best Stocking-Stuffers and Last Minute Gifts!

The weeks until Christmas are flying by, but we have you covered for any last minute stocking stuffers or Secret Santa parties!

Stop by any time to pick up gifts on the fly or call us to place pre-orders that you can grab and go!

919-821-4223

Cocoa Jars $6

Cocoa Jars $6

Peppermint Bark Boxes $8

Peppermint Bark Boxes $8

 

Assorted Marshmallows $2.50

Assorted Marshmallows $2.50

Ornament Cookies $4.50

Ornament Cookies $4.50

 

Holiday Minis $16 per dozen

Holiday Minis $16 per dozen

Custom cupcakes starting at $3

Custom Cupcakes Starting At $3

Gingerbread cookies $4.50

We look forward to making your holiday season merry and bright!!

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