Saturday, June 04, 2016

Fort Worth Private Equity Group Buys Gigi's Cupcakes

An affiliate of Fort Worth-based private-equity group FundCorp, Thursday said it has acquired Tennessee-based Gigi’s Cupcakes, the largest cupcake franchise in the U.S. with more than 100 locations nationwide. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The chain has more than a dozen locations in Texas including three in North Texas. Founded in 2008 by entrepreneur Gina “Gigi” Butler as a local boutique bakery in Nashville, Tennessee, Gigi’s Cupcakes offers a variety of freshly baked goods, including cupcakes, cakes and cookies.

We are excited that we have found the perfect partner to lead Gigi’s through its next phase of growth,” said Oklahoma-born Butler, who will remain as the face of the brand and spokeswoman. “Sales are at an all-time high and we have new franchisees interested in joining our family, so it was critical that we find someone that not only had the resources and the expertise to take Gigi’s to the next level, but also reflected our Christian values. We found that with FundCorp. 

Thursday, June 02, 2016

IHop Cupcake Pancakes

So, of course I had to stop in and try these after seeing a billion commercials for it and because pancakes.

They were out of the Red Velvet Crepes :(, but I tried the other two.

And tried them and tried them...

The Cinnamon Swirl Brioche French Toast was TO DIE FOR, but the pancakes more or less just tasted like pancakes, but you know, even a bad pancake is...anyway, it's not a cupcake.

"Make America Gay Again" Cupcakes From Cupcake Royale


Seattle, WA, June 2, 2016 – Cupcake Royale is “Making America GAY Again” one cupcake at a time!

The Gay cupcake is back for its’ fifth year and this year the mighty colorful rainbow cupcake is putting its’ super powers towards helping LGBT equality and awareness, in a big way.  

A couple of years back Cupcake Royale partnered up with Dan Savage and the “It gets better project.” donating more than $10,000 to help communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. They hope to continue the effort of supporting LGBQ families, youth, transgender and equality by partnering up with the National Center for Lesbian Rights  AKA NCLR.

For every $5 Gay cupcake that is sold NOW through June 30, $1 dollar will go directly to the NCLR to help achieve LGBT equality through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education. The nonprofit serves more than 5,000 LGBT people and their families throughout the United States each year, including LGBT parents, seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth.

“A year ago, we woke up to Rainbow Crosswalks in Capitol Hill days before the Pride celebration.  The next day the Supreme Court ruled on equality for all lesbians and gays that wanted to marry. We felt such hope and pride - in our country and each other.  That was only a year ago - and look where we sit today with all the anger and frustration with our current candidates.  So our thought was - let’s go back to last year.  Let’s remember the hope we felt just a year ago.  Let’s Make America GAY Again!  And focus on equality instead of politics - at least for June!” said Cupcake Royale CEO Jody Hall.

To sweeten the pot even more, Cupcake Royale is also donating $2 from their “Make America Gay Again” line of merchandise (T-shirts and Trucker hats) available at all stores and T-shirts sold online. The Gay cupcakes are offered at every Cupcake Royale and online at cupcake  So what do you say Seattle, get out and #ShowYourPride #MakeAmericaGayAgain

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cupcake Recipe Inspiration: Coca-Cola and Biscoff Cupcakes

On a flight to New York, I had a Coke and Bishoff cookies.  Since I have eaten both Coca-Cola cupcakes at West Egg Cafe in Atlanta, and I have baked cupcakes with Biscoff, then it makes sense to create a recipe to incorporate both of those flavors.  I have created this recipe yet, but I would welcome any ideas from cupcake bakers.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Margarita Cupcakes

It's Ocho de Mayo, but margarita cupcakes are great for parties any time of the year. Cupcake Queen made these cupcakes.

Margarita/Cinco de Mayo
Tequila-lime cake with tequila-lime frosting, decorated with a lime fruit slice. Cake and frosting recipes from Brown Eyed Baker

Monday, April 25, 2016

Prince Cupcakes

Prince Rogers Nelson has died.  He was an artist who has inspired to be more creative and authentic. I was looking for Prince Cupcakes on Flickr and I found Purple Rain and Raspberry Beret cupcakes.  BTW, I wrote a little something about Prince on my personal blog.

Prince Cupcakes
Prince Cupcakes
Purple Rain Cupcakes IC: Music
Raspberry Beret Cupcakes
Raspberry Beret Cupcakes

Monday, April 11, 2016

This Little Piggy Cupcakes

Beautiful marzipan pigs on top of chocolate cupcakes.

Friday, April 08, 2016

2016 Movie Themed Cupcakes

When I'm not eating cupcakes, I'm watching movies and reviewing them for the local paper.  Here are some cupcakes that represent that crossover love from so far this year: