Hollicakes does Weddings!


Hi everyone! Its been way too long since my last update. I have been super busy DIY remodeling our house, working in the bakery at Earth Fare, AND planning away for our wedding in September! And I have some exciting news! Hollicakes now does weddings! I have done two weddings in the last three weeks and they were both a success!

The first wedding was at a cute farm just outside Grand Rapids. Caitlin & Patrick had a vanilla cutting cake and four types of cupcakes! Peanut butter chocolate, funfetti, vanilla lemon and strawberry!



Dylan and I had so much fun setting up this display! Cute & simple.


Thanks so much to the new Mr & Mrs Butler for letting me take part in their special day! :)

Wedding #2 was a little bit more crazy. See, it was our good friends Kelsey & Nick that got married! (Dylan was a groomsman!)

So even though we were busy running around for bachelor/bachelorette parties & rehearsal dinner we still managed to get everything baked and set up in time!

The bride and groom ordered a vanilla cutting cake, 5 different flavors of cupcakes & a custom Chargers grooms cake! The cupcake flavors were red velvet, moscato wine, blue moon, reese's & twix! The perfect combination, a little something for everyone!

Here is their vanilla cutting cake, designed to match their wedding invite.


I LOVE how this display turned out, especially the custom bobblehead topper!


The cupcake flavor sign was a big help!


Here we are all dressed up ready to watch our friends tie the knot!!


The new Mr & Mrs Caras cutting the cake!

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So happy to be a part of this beautiful wedding! Cupcakes for everyone! :)


So that was my last few weeks in a nutshell! I really enjoying catering these two weddings and I hope to do more in the future.

Until then...Happy summer everyone! Have a sweet one :)


Harvest Cupcake Display!


Happy November everyone! Once again, I was over at my grandma’s community for a little get-together/meeting. Cupcakes were baked. And eaten!

They told me it was Harvest themed so I planned these three flavors;
Pumpkin, Cranberry Walnut Pancake, and Hot Chocolate!

First lets start with my classic pumpkin recipe. I’ve posted the recipe before, but I will again just cause =]


Pumpkin Cupcakes
-makes about 24

2 cups cake flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees, and set out cupcake pans with liners. Whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder & spices in the bowl of a mixer.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, oil, buttermilk & eggs.
3. With mixer on low, slowly add the wet ingredients, mix until just combined & smooth.
4. Fill liners 3/4 full, then bake 20-25 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool on wire rack.

For the frosting I just used a classic cream cheese frosting.

Next, Hot Chocolate!


Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
-makes about 24

1 heaping cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
2 cups milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice, sit 5 min
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
2. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla; mix batter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about one-third full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

Marshmallow Frosting

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup cold water
1 cup sugar

1. In a mixing bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup water to soften, set aside.
2. Boil sugar and 1/4 cup water in saucepan over medium-high heat, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush to make sure sugar crystals do not form. Attach candy thermometer to side of pan, and boil syrup until temperature reaches soft ball stage, about 238 degrees.
3. Remove from heat, add sugar to softened gelatin and whisk by hand to cool for about a minute. Then whisk with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until glossy, but not dry peaks form, about 8-10 minutes. Use immediately, frosting will harden.

And finally the Cran-Walnut Pancake!


So I decided to try a new vanilla cupcake recipe. I like the one that I usually bake, but I’m not in LOVE with it. So I’m on the hunt.

Dylan did some research as I was freaking out because my regular vanilla cupcake recipe didn’t turn out right. My love saves the day, again!

The recipe he found was from Glorious Treats, link HERE. It’s called Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes. Sounds good, right?

Well it was pretty good, the only thing I think I messed up was that I wasn’t thinking and didn’t have the oven on convection bake, when I usually ALWAYS do. So I’m definitely going to give this recipe another try with that modification.

Vanilla Cupcakes
-makes 15-16 cupcakes

1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil (vegetable, canola or extra light olive oil)
1/2 cup buttermilk

and I added these 3 ingredients ...
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup diced dried cranberries
zest from 1 orange

1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
2. In a medium bowl, add cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together with whisk, and set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add eggs and beat 10-20 seconds. Add sugar and continue to beat on medium speed about 30 seconds. Add vanilla and oil, beat.
4. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture. Add half of the milk, then the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk. Beat until just combined. Scrap down the side of the bowl.
5. The batter will be thin. Pour batter into a muffin pan prepared with paper liners. Fill liners about 2/3 full.
6. Bake cupcakes in pre-heated oven for 12-14 minutes.
7. Cool in pan 1-2 minutes, then remove cupcakes from pan (carefully) and finish cooling on a wire rack.

What makes these Cran-Walnut Pancake? Maple frosting of course =]

Maple Swiss Meringue Buttercream (Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s SMB recipe)

5 large egg whites
1 cup brown sugar
Pinch of salt
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Combine egg whites, sugar, and salt in the heatproof bowl of a standing mixer set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly by hand until mixture is warm to the touch and sugar has dissolved (the mixture should feel completely smooth when rubbed between your fingertips).
2. Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Starting on low and gradually increasing to medium-high speed, whisk until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Continue mixing until the mixture is fluffy and glossy, and completely cool (test by touching the bottom of the bowl), about 10 minutes.
3. With mixer on medium-low speed, add the butter a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition. Once all butter has been added, whisk in vanilla. Switch to the paddle attachment, and continue beating on low speed until all air bubbles are eliminated, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl with a flexible spatula, and continue beating until the frosting is completely smooth. Keep buttercream at room temperature if using the same day.

It was a crazy meeting, people were swarming for cupcakes so I wasn’t able to get that many pictures. Here’s one of the whole display!


Hope everyone is having a great November! Can’t wait to share some more fun fall recipes with you guys =]




Halloween Celebrations!


Happy Halloween everyone!!

It is my absolute favorite time of year! I love the baking, the pumpkin patch, and dressing up! This past week I had 2 awesome events, a pumpkin carving party at my house & a Halloween party at my Grandma’s community. They were both SO fun! And both involve cupcakes and other equally delicious treats.

First was my pumpkin carving bash! I made a bunch of food; butternut squash soup, cornbread, spiked apple cider, marshmallow pops, cupcakes, whoopie pies, and more!

Gettin’ ready to roast some fresh butternut squash for soup. And my Dad loves to photobomb...haha.

My assistant and best friend Kayla Berry dipping some marshmallow pops!


I love the way these turned out!


Orange Velvet Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting, yum!


Whoopie pies! Spiderwebs done by Kayla!


Dylan made a batch of his famous dirt & worms! (Crushed oreos, chocolate pudding & gummy worms!)


Everyone brought their pumpkins to carve!


Love this girl, couldn’t have done it without her!


Dylan did a Mustache-O-Lantern and I did a kitty. Typical us =]


Everyone and their pumpkins, amazing job!! Thank you to everyone who came.


Now on to the Halloween party!! I catered the cupcakes, of course.

It was my grandma’s party, so I figure I better start off with a picture of us! I’m Little Red for Halloween this year. Can anyone guess what Dylan is?!


My creepy cupcake display!


I did a Pumpkin cupcake, topped with a green Tic-Tac for a stem and some glitter, of course!


A bloody Red Velvet cupcake!


And Chocolate Mint, topped with my leftover Nightmare Before Christmas toppers I made last week!


Love all the bright colors.


Dylan met me at the party dressed as the Big Bad Wolf! Love.


I hope everyone has a safe & delicious day!


Happy Halloween from hollicakes!<3

CW Event!


Hello again! I’ve been a busy little cupcake lately & I’m so excited to share what hollicakes has been up to!

The most recent event, Collaborative World’s Fall/Holiday Launch! It was on September 28 at the Galaxy Concert Theater.

What the heck is CW and why was hollicakes there?

Collaborative World is a for-profit apparel company(t-shirts, hats, hoodies, etc.) that donates 50% of their profit from sales to partnering companies already doing good around the world. Giving is the brand. Hollicakes is proud to be a participant in this amazing cause. All the cupcakes featured at this event were donated, we say GIVE CUPCAKES. The CW MISSION: To actively pursue new and more extraordinary ways to give while encouraging others to do the same.

Are you encouraged yet? I sure am =]

Ready for some pictures? Me too!

Chocolate cupcakes lookin good.


Chocolate, Pumpkin, & Blueberry Pancake; all in line.


newest addition to the hollicakes team, andrew!


Team hollicakes! (minus Kayla, we missed you!!)


The boys setting up.


The featured seasonal flavor, Pumpkin Pie Latte!


Sweet + Salty = YUM.


Back by popular demand.


Cupcaking with my love!


Our Fall display!


Andrew tray-passing hollicakes! love it.


the boys, haha


Amazing new CW shirts on display!


heyyyy, i love cupcakes.


<3hollicakes

Cupcake Camp OC!

On September 11, 2011, an event called Cupcake Camp OC went down over at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine.

All the proceeds went to Children of the Night, a non-profit organization out to stop child prostitution.

So tickets were $15 per person, and you got to pick which track you wanted, 12-2 or 3-5. And from 2-3 was a cupcake competition for the bakers! Each person received 5 tickets, and could trade each ticket for 1 regular or 2 mini cupcakes.

From the moment the doors opened it was cupcake craziness. We brought 700 mini cupcakes, which was split evenly for each of the tracks. But we very quickly found out that there were WAY more people than the event expected and not enough cupcakes for everyone. We handed out 350 cupcakes in 30 minutes.

Here are some photos from the day;

hot out of the oven!

3/4 of team hollicakes getting ready to go!

Dylan and Kayla having a mid-setup cupcake break!

My amazing cupcake engineer, assistant & soulmate.

Oh what flavors did we bring? I thought you’d never ask =]

Mallow Delight - Chocolate cake topped with homemade marshmallow frosting then dipped in dark chocolate.

This flavor was also featured at this years LA Cupcake Challenge, and has become a favorite of some of my youngest fans! What kid (or adult) can say no to the combination of marshmallow & chocolate?!

Raspberry Velvet - Raspberry red velvet cake with tangy cream cheese frosting.

A fun, fruity twist on a delicious classic. Even topped with a homemade fondant heart & edible glitter!

Snickers & Jack - Caramel snickers cake topped with homemade caramel and chocolate Jack Daniels buttercream.

I recently posted about these cupcakes, which were inspired by a “Top Shelf” ice cream that was once featured at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach.

Breakfast in Bed - Blueberry buttermilk cake topped with a maple swiss meringue buttercream & cinna-bacon.

These cupcakes were created by Dylan, and feature his famous cinnamon bacon! These sinful breakfast cakes, along with my Snickers & Jack cupcakes have become a favorite of the guys’. You know, the boyfriends/husbands/ brothers of all those cupcake-loving women out there. The men are happy, the women are happy, cupcake bliss.

All set up & ready for the cupcake lovers!

New hollicakes shirts courtesy of TC Screen Printing, pretty amazing.

Cupcake Love<3

The competition included three categories; Most OC, Most Childhood Inspired, and Spirit of 9/11.

RESULTS; hollicakes earned two 2nd places and one 1st place! Yay! I honestly was shocked, and so happy that people loved my cupcakes!

Most OC: Chocolate Orange - Chocolate cake filled with a sweet orange curd, topped with white chocolate orange buttercream & a candied orange slice dipped in chocolate.

2nd Place Winner!

Most Childhood Inspired: Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies - Brown sugar cake filled with a chocolate chip cookie dough, topped with brown sugar buttercream & mini chocolate chips.

2nd Place Winner!

Spirit of 9/11(design only category): Dylan designed and built fondant Twin Towers with light-up blue LEDS.

1st Place Winner!

My cupcake boys - Andrew & Dylan!

Dylan’s favorite cupcake of the day.

Four of my favorite things; Cupcakes, chocolate, glitter & turquoise.

Andrew giving away the LAST breakfast in bed cupcake! intense moment.

Cupcake madness.

Gave away all 700 cupcakes, ended up with a TON of tickets! Love it =]

I had an amazing time at Cupcake Camp OC and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped organize the event, the hotel, all the cupcake fans out there, & the judges.

And most of all THANK YOU to Team Hollicakes!! Dylan, Kayla, Andrew & my mom!! I love you guys! I could not have done it without you.

Until next time,
<3hollicakes

LA Cupcake Challenge: Part 2

The day of the event started off crazy!! We went to sleep around 3am, and had to get up and finish the last batch of cupcakes before we left for LA!

The Hollywood Renaissance Hotel is about an hour away, add in Saturday afternoon traffic and 1,398 cupcakes in the back seat...not a good combination. There were only a couple cupcake casualties on the way there, and I was so nervous I almost got sick in the car! Or maybe it was Dylan’s driving....haha just kidding =]

But we finally made it and met up with two of my best friends Caitlin and Kayla, along with my grandma, mom and a few of her friends!

Setup went pretty fast, and before I knew it, it was already 4 o’clock and people were lined up outside!

I feel so lucky every time I look at these pictures. So lucky because I had so many doubts and worries about whether or not my young business could take on such a big event. But it did and it can! And I feel so grateful for that =]


the Cactus Cooler tower!

And the Mallow Delights!

My beautiful assistant Caitlin!

One last shot with the boyfren, before the madness starts!

We also had some amazing cupcake neighbors, be sure to check out Goodie Girls! =]

Last year I met the Cupcake Activist, this year she ate some Hollicakes! So stoked.

I LOVED talking with all the cupcake-lovers, the whole time I kept thinking to myself “Ah a room completely filled with my people!”...CUPCAKE PEOPLE!

And all I can hope for is that everyone enjoyed my cupcakes. Because I really enjoy making them!

I just want to say thank you to everyone who came out to the LA Cupcake Challenge, there would be no challenge without the cupcake fans =]

Check back soon for some Valentine’s Day Treats =]



LA Cupcake Challenge: Part 1

We did it! The LA Cupcake Challenge was a success! Even though we didn’t win, it was still an amazing experience and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it.

1,398 mini cupcakes.

The most cupcakes I’ve ever made at one time!

We started off baking the chocolate cupcakes for the Mallow Delights!

Then on to the homemade marshmallow fluff frosting! And dipping in chocolate!

The chocolate dipping definitely took the most time!

We also baked some red velvet cupcakes to sell for Valentine’s Day!

All individually packaged with love =]

On to the Cactus Cooler cupcakes! Pineapple puree and orange zest in the cake, mmm!

I had made the mango swiss meringue buttercream the night before, so all we had to do was frost them! Dylan even stepped up and practiced his piping skills! So impressive. For someone who didn’t think twice about baking....until he met me =]

After 15 straight hours of baking and decorating, I’m surprised that we even remembered to take any pictures. Seriously.

Oh that’s only half of them.

Check back for more pictures from the event! Sorry I slack....600 pictures in one day is quite a lot to deal with.
Soon I promise!



Pre-Cupcake Challenge Prep!

So things have been so crazy and busy in the world of hollicakes.

I’ve been doing tons of prep work for the LA Cupcake Challenge that is now less than a week away!

1300 mini liners, 110 plastic cupcake containers, 4 mini cupcake pans, 36 hollicakes t-shirts, 50 lbs of sugar, 25 lbs of flour, 25 lbs of chocolate chips, 50 eggs, 2 hollicakes banners, 2 handmade cupcake towers, and so many other things.

It makes me tired just thinking about all the money that’s been spent! But it is all worth it, because its going to help my little business more than I know (hopefully).

For those of you who don’t know, the LA Cupcake Challenge is on Feb. 5 from 4-7pm. You can find out all the info here!

Wana know what 2 flavors I will be entering? Okay, okay I’ll tell you.

Cactus Cooler - Pineapple orange cake topped with mango swiss meringue buttercream.
Mallow Delight - Dark chocolate cake topped with homemade marshmallow fluff and dipped in chocolate.

I can’t wait to make these cupcakes =]

Hello, Costco shopping trip!


The boyfren starting to make my cupcake towers =]

Wish me luck with the many hours of baking I have ahead of me this week!

I’ll post again soon with some more pictures of the process!

<3hollicakes

LA Cupcake Challenge!

Best Traditional, Best Original, and Best Overall.
Here are some pictures!
(I would like to thank Kate for the majority of these pictures, my camera had a bad day!)
The Cake Shop.
- Red Velvet and Orange Cranberry
On February 20, 2010 I was lucky enough to attend the LA Cupcake Challenge for the first time! It was at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel and my friend Kate, a fellow cupcake lover, joined me for the event! We sampled 40 mini cupcakes that were featured by 25 different bakeries! As you can tell from the picture above, I had sticky fingers pretty much the entire time. The cupcakes were judged based on three different categoris,

Charmed Cupcakes.
- Red Velvet and Blueberry

Big Man Bakes.
- Red Velvet (my favorite) and Carrot Cake

My Delight Cupcakery.
-Breakfast Cake and Key Lime

Hansen Cakes.
-Wedding Cupcakes

Speakeasy Sweets.
- Irish Car Bomb and Amaretto Sour

Meringue Bake Shop.
- Pretty Woman and Pigs on Tap

Jus Minis.
- Red Velvet and Caramel Banana

Friandise Pastries.
- Sticky Toffee Pudding and Coconut

they had the cutest headbands

Blue Cupcake.
- Sweet and Salty Vanilla and Pumpkin

- Lucky Charm and Little Penguin

-Hot Chocolate and Bananas Foster.
Two Parts Sugar.
-Vanilla Throwback and Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Fairy Cakes.
- Pumpkin White Chocolate and Vanilla Bean Almond Dream

 We had so much fun sampling all these delicious cupcakes! Next time I'm definitely bringing something to carry all of them in. Some got squished in my box...

time to eat....



That is the look of a sugar coma.

With the Nesquik Bunny!

And I also got to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Elise from CupcakeActivist.com =]

Meringue Bake Shop was having a giveaway and Kate won! She got lots of sweet stuff, like a cupcake carrier, cupcake ring, bacon cards, an apron....

I can't wait to go back next year, with a cake box!