Katie Holmes spurs Louisana bakery Buttercups Cupcakes' success

From Houma Today:

Key lime pie, cookies and cream, peanut butter and banana pudding are not flavors you expect when biting down into the frosty indulgence of cupcakes. But these flavors and more have helped stir up the cupcake craze, and now bakeries dedicated to cupcakes have opened their doors in Shreveport and Bossier City. “I think that it’s just the idea of that sweet little treat that we always remember as kids and now to see them in grown up flavors has kind of intrigued everybody,” Kim Wood, owner of Buttercups Cupcakes in Bossier City, said. “It’s not just the basic chocolate and vanilla, now its red velvet and lemon cream cheese.”

Wood started out making cupcakes as a hobby to pass the time while on maternity leave. After giving them out to friends and coworkers, she quickly discovered her recipes were a hit.

In March 2007, Wood began baking and selling cupcakes to Cush’s Grocery and Market in Shreveport. Her cupcakes soon gained celebrity status when actress Katie Holmes sampled the local treats while working on the film “Mad Money.”

“We did over 500 dozen cupcakes just for her,” Wood said. “She just wanted them around her all the time. She had them in her house; she had them on the movie set.”

In a June 2007 issue of People magazine, the cupcakes made headlines when Holmes ordered eight dozen on her way out of town after wrapping up the film.

Since November, Wood bakes anywhere from 20 to 25 dozen cupcakes daily in her own bakery at the shops in the Villaggio development where her cupcakes are now exclusively sold.