Usually, camp is a place you go during the summer when you’re a child. Camp is a place you go to alone or with a couple friends and make new friends. Camp is a place full of your favorite activities. Camp is a no judgment happy place. Okay, that may not be totally true – people judge people anywhere you go – but everything else I said is true. Enter Cupcake Camp. Cupcake Camp is a happy place full of cupcakes, people of all ages, professional bakeries and amateur bakers. Cupcake Camp is for cupcake lovers. If you don’t like cupcakes, or think cupcakes are only a mediocre treat, do not attend Cupcake Camp. It’s not for you. If you seek out cupcakes, have a personal mission to find the best cupcake ever, and enjoy sharing cupcakes, this event is for you. Cupcake Camp occurs in cities throughout the country. Elizabeth from Free Food Boston brought it to Boston, and I’m very glad she did!
Cupcake Camp Boston 2011 was held at The Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville. Last year, it was held at PA Lounge in Somerville and the line was down the street about a mile. Some of us didn’t even get in. This year, I planned to arrive early. I met Katie around 6:15 for the 7pm start time and we were able to enter the room early to take photos before the crowd poured in. I was greeted with an overwhelming amount of cupcakes upon entering the room. I think it’s only fair that I now overwhelm you with just some of the cupcakes I saw.
So, what do you think so far? Those are only a sample of the amateur bakers! I was very impressed with the flavors and presentations. Moving on to the bakeries…
I feel sick all over again looking at the photos. And, no I didn’t eat all of the cupcakes featured here, but I did eat a lot. I don’t know how many I ate, but I took a smart approach. Katie and I shared everything, even some of the mini cupcakes. One or two bites was enough to determine my favorite, and I got to sample more cupcakes. There wasn’t a cupcake that I did not like. But, a few stood out to me as being very creative. My favorite amateur baker’s cupcake was Beantown Baker’s cookie dough cupcake. I simply love cookie dough. I knew these would be my favorite before I tasted them or any others. The mini cookie on top is adorable, the frosting tastes like brown sugar, and the cake even tasted like cookie dough. Plus, there’s a blob of cookie dough in the middle the mini cupcake. Clearly a lot of effort went into these and while I enjoyed one for free at Cupcake Camp, I don’t think I’d be the only person willing to pay good money for these. Thanks for bringing them to Camp, Jen! My favorite professional cupcake from a bakery was the pink lemonade cupcake from Cupcake Mojo. This cupcake tasted exactly like pink lemonade, both the cake and the frosting were shockingly precise in flavor. The owners of Cupcake Mojo were delightful to speak to and the whole display was eye-catching. Strawberry margarita cupcakes in margarita glasses reminded me of something I’d see on Cupcake Wars. Located in Weymouth, MA, Cupcake Mojo is a destination spot and their cupcakes would be perfect for any celebration. The creamsicle cupcake also tasted exactly like a creamsicle. They brought summer flavors to Camp. How appropriate.
Cupcake Camp 2011 was a success! Until next year, KIT! (That’s Keep In Touch, for anyone who didn’t see that all over their summer camp yearbooks.)