So today…ahhhhhhh…very interesting start. Had early meeting with publisher and had a text from my friend D while getting ready. We have been having photog dialog which got me to thinking…D and his son T were my very first official photo shoot eva! I shot some pictures of them for his Mom’s Christmas gift and it happened to be about this time of year…I thought it was 2 years ago however, D reminded me it was last year.
At that point I started thinking back…it has only been 1 year since I felt confident enough in my photog abilities to actually charge money for photos. Well lordie, what a dang year it’s been…someone opened those gates and life took off along with my photography! YEAH ME!
Oh and I need to mention….D, T, L, A have had a hell of a year as well…they hired me Nov 08, Dec 08 for Christmas cards, March 09 for engagement photo’s, then again in May 09 for a wedding! Seems my friends and I don’t waste time…ha!THANK YOU CLARKS FOR ALL THE BUSINESS..KEEP IT COMIN!
So back to today…blowing through the past year, there’s been weddings, PR pics, holidays, lots of shoots, recent shoots like baby Hayden, Sloans, Dovers the Monell’s 15th anv book deal, pics published…and they keep coming! That being said…I decided to celebrate with a Naticake cupcake. I haven’t been in a week or so and was missing my cupcakes.
I just finished my meeting with the Monell’s publisher and decided to take my files in and enjoy a little time sitting down and enjoying my cupcake. It was funny, I found myself helping the lady in front of me decide which ones she wanted…I was really just wanting her to hurry so I could get my cupcake and then 2 sisters came in behind me. They wanted to know what a Naticake was, well they sure asked the right person! See they weren’t from around here, they were here from KY so I got to start at the beginning with them and share they were the best cupcakes in the world, then they had to try the Natichino…and then I started in sharing Nati story, mission, and Naticlub info. Before they hit the counter they were both so excited they even bought matching Nati-shirts!
We all sat together and shared stories, the Nati story hit home personally for them so we shared a nice time chatting and learning about each other. It really reminded me how very important it is to always be open and avail to others..you never know who might need you to listen, or who might be there to listen to you. They were both 2 of the neatest, most creative, caring people I have met in a long while. We all shared a hug before I sent them to Monell’s for lunch around the corner. I’m assuming they prob rolled back to KY so full from all the food…ha anyway…I wanted to share a picture of them as well as a picture of the write-up on Naticakes that included one of my photos..what a great wrap up to a blessed 1st-ish year!
Thank you Naticakes for being a part of my celebration!
So..been working on the books..in fact so much I’ve not been as good getting my cupcakes in as I should. Today I decided to be a GOOD CUPCAKE LADY..so I headed out in the baby benzo to my FAV cupcake location in Franklin, TN Naticakes (makes my mouth water just to type this blog).
Of course I open the Nati-door and whooooosssshhhhhhh the smell of fresh baked cupcakes…it’s like that cartoon with the snake eyes that go all silly..that’s what the smell does to me when I open the Nati-door. Who’s with me on this one? Lordie, we need to bottle that smell and make Nati-home spray and Nati-candles. I bet they would fly off the shelf! OK, back to the story….
I usually get my Naticake to go however, I decided to plant my rear and people watch. OH OH lordie can’t believe I didn’t mention….hello Chocolate Peanut Butter dreamiest cupcake yet. New flavor..and it has GOO! Huge fan of the GOO in the middle Naticakes HUGE….however, before I could dig in a huge group of younger less exp cupcake fans came in…one claimed the line of tables on the left…I knew they were here for a long while. They were having a little Naticake love time togetha…I just love that. THEN…4 more exp Nati-lova’s came in – these were the fully decked, big huge bling, vuitton, dior sporting SKINNYYYY Nati-lova’s (we come in all shapes and sizes).
As I was listening to the orders…they all ordered Nati-chinno’s and then they were all deciding which cupcake they were going to SPLIT..STOP RIGHT THERE..did you hear me? SPLIT? a NATICAKE? how do you split a Naticake 4 ways? are they nuts? right then I decided they were nuts! Then I decided I would rather be fat and have my OWN NATICAKE thank you…and then I felt sorry for the skinny Nati-lova’s…I can’t imagine having that kind of control! If Nati-team would let me…I would dive head first into the cupcakes and I wouldn’t come up for air..who needs air when you have Naticakes cupcakes? So I thought…JUST EAT ALREADY SKINNY NATI-LOVA’s! FREE YO-SELF..
Once upon a time there was a blog better thank ALL THE BLOGS IN THE LAND…one that was written by a GENIUS cupcake girl about the coolest subject; The CuPcaKe.
One night when it was all ready to be published the cupcake girl had a windows fart that closed down the blog and erased it foreva.
No happy endings here….it’s gone..gone..gone….the cupcake girl asked all of her 12,353 twitter friends to light a candle for the Blog that will neva BE.
The Cupcake Countdown
I’ve been craving a sweet cupcake
You know the kind that takes your breath away
So I’m here in cupcake heaven counting the minutes till they open the gates
9:49 only 11 more minutes and I’m in..tap tap those toes
9:50 can I last another 10 min? Tap tap
9:51 oh how much more can I take please give me the cake!
9:52 oh what can I do for 8 more min..tap tap
9:53 oh! I’ll walk to the end of the street to kill time to wait for my treat
9:54 oh lordie I’m not waiting very well, oh I can smell the smell
9:55 I can last just 5 more minutes tap tap
9:56 I think I’m gonna faint, how long must I wait
9:57 3 more minutes I can do this tap tap these toes
9:58 do u think I can wish their clock to 10:00am? Tap tap
9:59 I think I’m going to cry, see I need to get in, where are them?
10:00 whooopppieee yeehawwwww it’s time for a big grin..it’s time to GO IN!
July 8, 2009
OHHHH…look at this cupcake, and I’m so not a fan of pineapple upside down but ohhhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyy gosh!!! There aren’t words…just look. OOOHH and the Strawberry Swirl…….WOWOW!
PERFECT PARTY CUPCAKE – These are the classic in size and taste, a great homemade cupcake. They are totally different from all the other gourmet cupcake eateries in Nashville. The Cupcake Collection is the PERFECT PARTY cupcake for sure! It’s a charming house in Germantown DT Nashville. Plenty of parking, cute purple house and everyone is VERY friendly and someone says hello and welcomes you the moment you walk in. Makes you feel warm and cozy!
The cupcakes are only $1.50 each, which is amazing compared to any others. It’s a great little place for a quick cupcake treat and THE PERFECT PARTY CUPCAKE hands down. They are SOOOOO good, and will travel well and aren’t messy making them the perfect cupcake for any party!
The Cupcake Collection
1213 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
So, I discovered Curious Gourmet Cupcakes on twitter @cupcakecafe – BIG MISTAKE…they tweet the flavor of the day and today it was Boston Cream Pie…and well Julie’s B day is coming up in the next few months so I thought how better to celebrate than to enjoy one of her all time FaV things!
For those who aren’t local, we have had 3 days in a row that have been OMG so awesome weather wise, so I popped the top and headed downtown Franklin to scope out the cupcakes! I went after the lunch crowd and got a sweet spot on the street, such a charming little town square! Anywho, dropped by and they only had 1 left, it had my name written ALL over it! Picked them up, and strapped them in for the ride home….
It was SOOOOO yummo, has cream in the middle…melted in my mouth!
And I had to try the Pretty Pretty Pink Princess Cupcake as well…will review that one tonight or tomorow!
Boston Cream Pie
Boston Cream Pie is a round cupcake with a cream or custard filling and topped with chocolate glaze. The custard is usually vanilla.
The cake was first made in 1856 and originally went by the names Chocolate Cream Pie and Parker House Chocolate Cream Pie.
Actually a cake, not a pie
Created by French Chef M. Sanzian
Created at the Parker House Hotel in Boston
Recipe first printed in 1879 in the Housekeeping in Old Virginia cookbook
Massachusetts state dessert as of 1996
Curious Gourmet, Main Street, Franklin, TN
Dulce de leche in Spanish or doce de leite in Portuguese (“milk jam”), is a milk-based sauce. Found as both a syrup and a caramel candy, it is prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a product that is vaguely similar in taste to caramel. It is also the basis for the elaboration of many sweets and desserts which form part of the classics of the Argentine and Uruguayan cuisine.
So I this is the one, I thought my fav was the banana split but this one just melts in your mouth. I am speechless
So THEY ARE GETTING MARRIED!!! YIPPIEEE, my 2 fav South African friends!! WHOOOTT WHHHOOTTT! Well it was a fine excuse to celebrate for the love of cupcakes..just fitting! Got the email this morning, so I ran into Franklin, TN around lunch just to poke around and see if there was anything new at the Curious Gourmet and lookie what I found!!
OMG, these are melt in your mouth whipped buttercream with the coolest yummy cake…I picked the white one for the wedding however, I’m pretty sure she should wear off white…they did stay with me in the Housr of Love for a few weeks together…Mama KNOWS sweetcheeks! Anyway, I had to share…and I haven’t had a bite of the mocha drizzel whatever one yet. I will be sure to share when I do!!
Eat ON MY LITTLE CUPCAKES!!
So…today I took on the mission of finding the BEST TASTING CUPCAKE IN NASHVEGAS for January 2009 – All comments are my personal opinion and I have goal set that I will continue to review the cupcakes monthly..I also asked the staff in each location which one they liked most, and which one was the best seller and picked between them.
While you are in the gym sweating it off, I will be making my way around Nashville making sure we maintain the standard for the best cupcake ever. Last January I was blogging about taking belly dancing classes with Belly Mama at Vandy – this year I said hell with it and went for the cupcakes! YEAH BABY!
I couldn’t decide on just one – so here are my picks and depending on your location…
Christie Cookie/Cupcakes in Green Hills (615-297-0724) – I have to vote this one Most Creative, excellent customer service, best cupcake to hold up in transport. I had the Strawberry Chocolate Chip which is made with fresh strawberries, homemade cream cheese frosting, red sugar sprinkles with chocolate chips. WOW, not only did it hold up in transport (it was my first stop of many) it was larger cake size and an even mix of sweet frosting. Great combo of flavors and texture, not to mention customer service was above and beyond.
Ivey Cake in Downtown Franklin (iveycake.com 615-595-4353) – I have to vote this one Most Charming location/decoration, friendly customer service, the flavors/textures were so different from each other I couldn’t decide which one I liked more the “People Pleaser” which is the carrot cake was so divine and the “Rebel” which is German Chocolate was oh so delicious. This is the perfect place to take out of town guests for a treat to follow with a walk Historic Downtown Franklin…or pick up a cake/cupcakes for a party.
Another option in Downtown Franklin is Curious Gourmet (curiousgourmetcupcakes.com 615-656-4898)- I had the Peanut Butter Cup – the icing is awesome. It didn’t travel well at all so this might be more of a stop in while you are shopping type place.
I would love to toss a challenge out to you , spend an afternoon performing your own personal cupcake review…I can’t think of a better way to spend my afternoon. Thanks for allowing me to share.
So…today I was doing the Shelbi dance, you know the one that either finds me working hard building people-or the one zipping around town tasting cupcakes. Well during the daily dance the bat phone rang and it was Christie Cookies & Cupcakes, it seems they needed the expert to drop by and taste 2 new cupcakes for them! Could my life get any better???? geezzzzzzz…
So I dropped by for a chat with Nathan and Noel, it seems they had a customer come in picking up a cookie cake that said “we’re expecting” which is the coolest way to announce to your office that you are popping out a kid! So of course she noticed the cupcakes and I had a chat with her, she just happened to be from Houston (<—she’s smart she’s found the best place in town), and we went on and on about the cupcakes. This is what you would expect from me, a girl who could make friends with a dead tree. Anyway…
Rosie was coming for dinner so I decided to save the tasting for tonight so I could share and see if she was as excited about them as I am…I will report SHE WAS – she had never tasted anything so awesome! So it seems Christie needs to open a location in South Africa please and thank you. Rosie is headed to Green Hills tomorrow just to go get a Christie Cupcake of her own.
Today we had:
Cafe Mocha – had this dreamy caramel chocolate cake with mocha butter cream icing!!!! It was better than the other icing from the other place I won’t mention from yesterday.
Chocolate Covered Pretzel – this one is now my favorite of all time (or until I get called to test something else that knocks me off my feet) Caramel cake with caramel topping & cream cheese frosting, sea salt, and chocolate covered pretzel. It actually has pretzel cooked in the cake which I think is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. I think this one will be a top seller FOR SURE!!!!
Well there ya go…now I’m going to get out of these jeans and find me some yoga pants with a lot of stretch! I WOULD BE AT CHRISTIE COOKIE & CUPCAKE WHEN THEY OPEN THIS WEEKEND, ONCE THE WORD IS OUT THEY WILL NOT KEEP THESE ON THE SHELF!
So today I went to the lake did my 4 miles and then decided all this cupcake talk I needed a cupcake. I had someone share with me that Ivey Cake in Franklin had the best, which as you know I am a Christie Cupcake fan but I thought maybe I should give Ivey Cake 1 more try, just in case.
Well here to report they don’t hold a candle to Christie Cupcake, not even close! I have become a cupcake expert over the past few months and now can better define the difference. First let me say, I’ve never met a cupcake I didn’t love however, today I have a broken cupcake heart. I took 2 bites from both and tossed them in the trash.
Here we go – Ivey Cake Cupcakes are YUCK – I’m so sorry, I know some of you know Ivey and she seems to be a great person and I’m sure her cakes are awesome but her cupcakes stink. I think there is a stick of butter in the cake, it totally falls apart when you take a bite, and the cake is super dry. *note these were first batch of the day so they should melt in your mouth. The icing is WAY TOO MUCH – it’s loaded with somethin…that makes it think and too sweet and too much.
Will I cheat again? yes, that’s my job as the cupcake queen…and I’ve heard great things about Sprinkles Cupcakes which I have recently found out the Houston store was slotted to open 3 months ago but hasn’t opened yet so HOLD TIGHT MY FELLOW CUPCAKE LOVERS!
Ivey Cake Cupcakes in Franklin – FAILED
I really tried to think of a positive polly spin however….
So I finally did it Micki Jo, you are the wind beneath my cupcake! I will have to transfer my previous blogs to this site so catch everyone up on my adventures. Just so you know, I have my ear to the ground and am here to share with you the BEST CUPCAKES of all time starting with NashVegas, TN.
I’m a world traveler (made it past Memphis once..that should qualify me) and have been blessed with magic, not just any magic, this is special…ready? I have been crowned NashVegas Official Cupcake Tester (by myself..because I can)! So I’m here to keep you posted on where to find the best cupcakes in town and one day I will crown myself OFFICIAL CUPCAKE TESTER WORLDWIDE (once I make it past Dickson, TN).
Since January 2008 I have been on a mission to keep NashVegas cupcakes eateries on their toes. I have tasted every cupcake in the area and up until today the best in town were Christie Cupcakes (they do more than cookies). Today I cheated…I get these wild binges to randomly schedule CUPCAKE RAIDS, today I cheated on Christie Cupcake and made a dash for Curious Gourmet in downtown Franklin, TN. Yes’mam I made a run for the border and found heaven…
As you would expect I got all dolled up (sundress, no makeup, flip flops after a late night date of no sleep..fill in the blanks), popped the top on my little cupcake mobile (little cute Mercedes convertible) and headed in! Parked in my fav little cupcake parking lot on 4th and made a dash for the Curious Gourmet all the while praying my little short sundress didn’t catch wind and blow over my head, as you know that can be dangerous with the sundress CODE.
I opened the door and skipped to the front of the store and fell in love…there were a million perfectly decorated cupcakes from heaven. It took everything in my power not to dive head first into the cupcake display, I just stood there in shock. I could only pick 2…MY GOSH there are a million I wanted however, I did an ass check (turn around and make sure I can see my feet from behind) and decided I would stick with only 2.
The first one looked like a Banana Split with ice cream on top, I drooled and prayed I wouldn’t attack it before I got back to the car. The second one I picked was the Dirt and Worms. OH MY GOSH….May I say butter cream????? Each scoop of ice cream was flavored like the ice cream but butter cream. SO it was chocolate, strawberry, vanilla ice cream with chocolate drizzle and a cherry on top! The cake was banana bread heaven…stay tuned for the Dirt and Worms, there was NO way I could eat another bite of anything after the first cupcake…sticking to cupcake code and all!
I, OFFICIAL NasHVegas Cupcake Tester of the world (a girl can dream), crown CURIOUS GOURMET #1 NASHVEGAS CUPCAKE!