Gorgeous gourmet cupcakes

gourmetcupcakes.jpgCupcakes epitomize the food trends of personalization and portion control. In my last Topline Trends newsletter I wrote about how pull-apart “cupcake cakes” are trending up. These clusters of cupcakes, positioned in beguiling shapes, offer the visual impact of a whole cake but the serving ease of, well, cupcakes.

I’m a huge fan of cupcakes not just for kid’s parties where they are a brilliant choice that allows guests to be served quickly and easily, but also for more swish affairs. At my own 40th birthday I had a cupcake tree laden with gorgeous fluffy white cupcakes generously swathed in pink buttercream frosting. Likewise, cupcakes have become a popular feature at stylish weddings.

Recently the ProChef Smart Brief (an online aggregate newsletter for the foodservice industry conducted a poll where they asked chefs, “Would you consider adding cupcakes to a gourmet menu?” I was on the ‘yes’ side of the argument, as were over 70 per cent of respondents.

To the other 20+ per cent all I have to say is check out an Eini Cupcake– and yes, gentle readers, they taste as good as they look! — and think about revising your (wrong) answer.

Would you serve cupcakes at a formal party? Why or why not?

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20 Responses to Gorgeous gourmet cupcakes

  1. Natalie says:

    Hi Dana,
    These cupcakes are GORGEOUS! I love cupcakes, too — they’re just the perfect sweet treat though often, they’re so beautifully and intricately decorated, you don’t even want to eat them. You just want to look at them. I would definitely serve cupcakes at a formal party. I was at a wedding recently and instead of having a wedding cake, the couple had stacks of cupcakes — it was perfect. Everyone loved it.

    I blogged about cupcakes recently if you want to check it out:

    http://nataliebahadur.wordpress.com/2007/12/18/crazy-for-cupcakes/

  2. danamccauley says:

    Natalie,

    I absolutely urge you to try the cupcakes Eini makes.The looks are great but the taste is even better – she apprenticed with the Cake DIva in NYC and then added her own creative twist to her line by using bubble tea flavors in her frosting. DE-LISH!

  3. danamccauley says:

    Mmm! I just saw that this recipe from Jill O’Connor’s book is available right now at Liete’s Culinaria:

    http://www.leitesculinaria.com/recipes/cookbook/choco_caramel_cupcakes.html

    As you’ll recall, I recommended Jill’s book during December’s Book Week.

  4. My mouth is watering …. thanks for the great recommendations and all the great tips in your blog! I love it!

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Dana,
    We served cupcakes at our own ‘stylish wedding’ :-) Not only were they much more tasty and attractive looking than a tired old traditional cake… we also avoided the $1.25 per slice ‘cutting fee’ that they wanted to charge us!

  6. Eini says:

    Thank you Dana for all your support.

    I just read through the comments and noticed something quite funny. I actually trained with Elisa Strauss from Confetti Cakes (www.confetticakes.com) in NYC. She’s absolutely an amazing person and deserves all the credit for everything I’ve learned.

    I can just imagine the Cake Dive reading this and wondering… who is Eini again??

  7. danamccauley says:

    Sorry about the mistake Eini. Thanks for providing the correct info.

    BTW, cake lovers might want to check out Elissa Strauss’ book on cakes: http://confetticakes.com/book.html

  8. Suresh says:

    I still love cupcakes, even though they were popularized to death last year. The only ones I haven’t tried yet are Eini’s…and I’m very anxious to check them out.

  9. danamccauley says:

    Here’s an interesting UK cupcake maker that London readers may want to check out.

    http://www.lolas-kitchen.co.uk/online_store_signature.html

  10. danamccauley says:

    Hey Suresh (and other cupcake lovers) Eini has some lovely new cupcakes just for Valentine’s Day:

    http://www.eini.ca/cupcakes/cupcake.php?cat=2&id=SS001

    would it be wrong to send them to myself?

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  17. Suzanne says:

    These cupcakes look lovely, really like the flower designs. Thanks Suzanne x

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