Monday, October 4, 2010

Cupcake Camp


Oregon. Wow. Wow. Wow. You are so beautiful. What a greeting.

My friend Cupcake Julie and I spent this weekend at the Oregon Coast attending the first ever Oregon Coast Cake and Cupcake Camp.

It was a blast.


I gave a couple of cake pop classes during the event. Hi guys! You were all so great. Thanks for coming.


Chad and his wife practiced molding cupcake pops.


Alissa made a cute little owl. She’s good and determined, too.


Part of the class included a book and signing… my first one …FUN! Hey Sarah (at top) – Julie and I enjoyed hanging out with you. So glad you made the trip from California.


Celeste of the Nye Beach Market put the event together with the help of her super sweet friends and family.


Cupcake Julie instructed classes, too. Felt cupcake classes with cute little kits for all the attendees.


Here’s Dianna. She came all the way from Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey to teach a few classes, too. She’s a hoot.

Also teaching classes were Charity Pykles-George and Michelle Bommarito.

All three of these ladies have competed in cake challenges on TV. Very cool.


The camp had some cute vendors, too. Like…

Party Designs in Bloom


And Carrie of Bella Cupcake Couture.


And the cute couple that run Decorette Shop in Portland. They also donated all the sprinkles for my cake pop classes. Thanks!


These guys overwhelmed me. They drove 5 hours to get a book signed. And then turned right around and drove 5 more hours to get back home for work. I think you can tell by my eyes how moving it was.


Hi Jenasi! Love your cake. Congratulations on winning best birthday cake.

After all the cake and classes, came the cupcakes.


Handed out by cupcake volunteers.


Chocolate cupcakes…


Colorful cupcakes…


Little cupcakes…


Decadent cupcakes…


Rocket Queen cupcakes

Cupcake. Cupcakes. Cupcakes…


Hundreds. Probably thousands of them lined up all the way around the room. Replenished every few minutes by more cupcakes.

And if that wasn’t sweet enough…


I finally got to meet my friend Jessie.

Cakespy Jessie!


You know… the creator of Lil Cuppie. Jessie and I have “known” each other since I first started blogging, but have never met. Finally this weekend we did. And she’s even sweeter than I imagined she would be.


Jessie came to the camp to give a kids class on watercolor painting.


I loved seeing all the different creations.


And the smiles!


All the kids had a great time painting.


Even the big kids.


Saturday afternoon, Charity and Dianna worked together to create an Oregon Coast themed cake. I was amazed by what they put together in such a short time. It was fun watching them work.


By the way… this was the view from our hotel. Not too shabby.


We ended the camp with a fabulous dinner from Arr Place with all the guest instructors, Celeste and new friends. It was great to spend time talking with everyone. Michelle Bommarito (top right) and Charity kept us entertained. So glad to meet everyone and to be able to call them friends.


The camp was a big success with the proceeds going to Donate Life Northwest. And I couldn’t be happier about it. Thanks everyone who came… donated… who planned… who taught… who volunteered… and who bought cupcakes.

Hugs! Big hugs.

Nicole said...

I also would like to know about those felt cupcake kits… Does she sell them? Or would she be willing to give out instructions? They’re so adorable, I would love to know how to make them :) Thanks!

October 5, 2010 01:01 AM
Remy said...

What a FUNtastic event! and for such a great cause!

October 5, 2010 02:54 AM
olivia mclaughlin said...


How about having a cupcake camp for some of us newbies here in orange county california??? It would be a big hit!! Pleassssssssssssssse ……feel be begging??


October 5, 2010 04:07 AM
Bonnie Atkins said...

In my next life I want to come back as a Bakerella!!!!!!!
Looks like you had a great time and made some nice friends!
Love to see what your doing each time you post..have been a fan since your first post…please don’t ever stop. The world or at least MY WORLD is a better place with you in it ! So keep those POPS coming. Love to you….Bonnie

October 5, 2010 04:38 AM
Paloma said...

Hi!! I found your blog some weeks ago and since then I follow it as much as possible. I’m from Spain and I’m passionated about cakes, sweet, cupcakes, etc. and I find your web is simply AMAZING! I wish I could attend some day a cupcake camp! (I even didn’t know that this kind of thing existed!) Big hugs from Madrid!!

October 5, 2010 05:08 AM
notyet100 said...

lucky u,..;-)

October 5, 2010 05:29 AM
NATALIA said...

I like so much your blog. I´ll follow your clue jajajaj ;D
Kisses from Spain.

October 5, 2010 05:39 AM
Paulette said...

How nice, cupcakes look so good to eat. Can’t wait to make tons of cupakes for Halloween.
Yes, I am already an organ donor and proud to be one for the last ten years. Hugs Paulette

October 5, 2010 06:45 AM
Ana said...

Wow!!! Really look liked you had a blast! Like many others I want to go to a cupcake camp too! Please, oh please, come to the Washington, DC metro area for a book signing!

October 5, 2010 07:48 AM
Julie Weinstein said...

Please do this in Atlanta!!!!! I would love to attend (so would my kids) AND we have Joshua John Russel in town, another Food Network competitor (but I’m sure you already new that). Congratulations on all of your success!

October 5, 2010 08:25 AM
Beth D. said...

My favorite part is the family that drove 5 hrs. for the book signing though I LOVE Michelle Bommarito & what I wouldn’t give for a watercolor class with Cakespy Jessie!

October 5, 2010 08:54 AM
Teri Schuler said...

What a great way to spend the weekend! Cupcakes, new friends, and the Oregon Coast! What could be better?!!Congratulations to you on your gorgeous book. It is wonderful!

October 5, 2010 09:26 AM
Megan D said...

Looks like amazing fun!!! I want to go to one!

October 5, 2010 09:28 AM
julia said...

Now you tell us, after the camp is over . . .

October 5, 2010 09:43 AM
pamela ponder said...

looks like so much fun… why didnt they have a cupcake camp when I was growing up..LOL

October 5, 2010 10:08 AM
Scarlett said...

Wish I could have been there. The Oregon Coast is indeed beautiful! Looks like a fabulous time was had by all. I wonder when my Bakerella book will arrive in the mail from Amazon – I can’t wait to read it! By the way everyone: don’t forget to vote for Jessie Oleson of CakeSpy for the Best of Western Washington Food Blog!

October 5, 2010 10:31 AM
Ava said...

Looks like so much fun! I would’ve loved that!

October 5, 2010 12:25 PM
Susan Doherty said...

Now thats’ the camp I’d like to go to. Where did they get that gigantic cardboard cupcake stand?

October 5, 2010 01:34 PM
Magali Dias said...

Since my first visit to your site I was inspired by your words and teaching. Thanks for sharing.
I live in Brazil, we love cupcakes here too! I was proud when I saw that you wrote a book!
Cupcake camp! Great idea! Maybe one day I could go too…


October 5, 2010 02:30 PM
Nina said...

Cupcake Camp should be renamed Cupcake Heaven! :)

I know you get tons of questions, so I’ll make this quick: my cupcake liners always “pucker” when I fill them with batter and end up baking with weird indentations. :( Any advice would be awesome, thank you!

Oh, and snatching up oodles of “Cake Pops” for Christmas gifts. :)

October 5, 2010 03:53 PM
Lynn said...

I’m thrilled that your trip to Oregon and Cupcake Camp was such a success! Thanks for the recap. Your ATL food buddies are cheering you on!

October 5, 2010 04:40 PM
A Canadian Foodie said...

I am not the kind of person who would come to a cupcake conference – UNTIL I HAVE SEEN THIS… I would love to learn some of the techniques…especially with the gum paste!

October 5, 2010 06:33 PM
Robin W. said...

Oh my goodness! Looks like you had soooo much fun! They need to have “camps” like these all over the country so we can all go too!

October 5, 2010 06:38 PM
June g. said...

JEALOUS!!!!!!! I’m from the northwest and lived in Astoria, OR
I need a cupcake camp in north Carolina!

October 5, 2010 07:33 PM
Liz said...

What a fun event! I’m soooo jealous…I guess if I want an event like this, I will have to coordinate it myself ;) Ok, off to check out all of the cupcake links in your post! {btw – any book signing events scheduled for Michigan yet?}

October 5, 2010 08:03 PM
Alejandra said...

Dear Angie,
Is there any way that I could email you? I was checking my Facebook when I saw familiar cake pops and it turned to be someone using your photos as their own and taking compliments for it and “their creativity”… I have been a HUGE fan of your blog for many years now and I couldn’t help to feel mad when I saw how shamelessly they steal your work…

October 5, 2010 08:15 PM
kate said...

this looks so fun! wow!

October 5, 2010 08:32 PM
Virginia Sar said...

Hi Bakerella, congrats for the camp! I’m from Argentina and I am a big, big fan yours, I am a mom, a food writer and a food blogger. This week I published one post referring to your wonderful cake pops, hope you like, you can use google translate for read me please. I hope meeting you some day in some cupcake camp!

October 5, 2010 10:30 PM
ranita said...

coming down from Canada to see you tomorrow in Bellevue, sorry to have missed the great Cupcake Camp, maybe you will do one in Beautiful British Columbia one day!

October 6, 2010 03:41 AM
Joyce @friendsdriftinn said...

Great article and cute pictures. I am always amazed by the clever variety of cupcakes and cakepops! You are one of a kind!

October 6, 2010 09:51 AM
Nuke said...

Hi – Loved the pix from Cupcake Camp. Do you think you could initiate such an event in the Atlanta area? I am particularly interested in having both students participate in the workshops, etc AND having others able to audit the classes; not all of us are up to decorating hands on, but would LOVE to watch, listen, and learn. Organ donation is an awesome sponsor/beneficiary of the event. I think Cupcake Camp has some awesome potential. Nuke

October 6, 2010 10:05 AM
Katrina said...

This is honestly my heaven

October 6, 2010 12:21 PM
Sara Evans said...

I am still pinching myself that I was blessed to meet you and Julie last weekend. You are both such special people and you made me feel like a friend. Thank you so much for all you did! Thank you both for being such humble and genuine people. Bakerella, it was just so encouraging to hear your story and to see your sweet success blossoming into a huge bouquet of wonderfullness! My daughter Evelyn hasn’t put down the book since I got home. She has big plans for cake pops at a birthday party she is planning. I am making that RAD recipe for apple date cake today. YUMMY! Have a blast on your book tour and give Cupcake a hug from me. Love you guys, Sara

October 6, 2010 01:16 PM
Lisa Stevens said...

Wow! loved seeing all the pictures of the first Oregon Coast Cupcake Camp!! Great job everyone, and what an amazing cause to donate too!

congrats mindie, you cutie, you did a fabulous job and I know how much fun you had being involved in the camp! It was fun to see your picture!
I am so proud of you, and all your hard work and love that you put into this event!!
Having your boys with us for a real treat!
love you, mom

October 6, 2010 03:04 PM
Consuelo said...

I hope some day can go to one…it seems to be very fun and nice to know lot of different people with the same ideals.
Thanks a lot for sharing this…


October 6, 2010 03:12 PM
Yaneri said...

how fun and yummylicious day!!! Glad you had a awesome great time!!!


October 6, 2010 04:27 PM
Laura said...

It was such a pleasure meeting you!! I attended one of the cakepop classes at the nye beach market..sooo fun!!! you are as sweet as you sound here on your blog!! And those cupcakes that look like hostess cupcakes are some of the ones I made for cupcake camp!! that was fun to see those in your pictures!! ;) Thanks for coming to our beautiful oregon coast!!!!!

October 6, 2010 04:36 PM
Tiffany ~ The Fancy Farmgirl said...

Hi Angie!
So delightful to meet you and Julie this past week, and your class was a blast! Thanks for the memories and fun…..
xoxo, Tiffany

October 6, 2010 04:55 PM
Debbie said...

living over the pond in the U.K I am so envious of you we dont have anything like this over here, if you ever make it over to Blighty for book launch Ill be first in the que!! be sure to bring all of the sprinkles with you coz we have a very limited range over here. Have already pre ordered your book and will keep watching your progress

October 6, 2010 05:37 PM
jamie said...

My daughter went to Cupcake Camp in New York. She had the best time. Think I’ll start saving vacation days so I can attend them.
Looks likeyou had lots of fun. Love your cake pops idea.

October 6, 2010 07:24 PM
buttercream said...

I would love to attend a cupcake camp in Northern Virginia someday. I love learning new trends and recipes from other cake artist!

October 6, 2010 07:36 PM
Cindy said...

When and where is your next cupcake camp. I would be very interested in signing up. I am thinking of opening a cupcake store and need some tips and practice !

October 6, 2010 10:30 PM
Robin said...

This looks like such great fun!! Did you ever imagine last year, when you were in line at Ree’s book signing that you would be doing the same thing, less than a year later? Incredible! And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person!

October 6, 2010 10:32 PM
momgateway said...

Cupcake camp….what a blast…I want to go to one too!

October 6, 2010 10:55 PM
syaj said...

Beautiful. Love all the beautiful colors from the cupcakes. Wow! From Carlo’s..Cupcake camp sounds like fun.

October 6, 2010 11:43 PM
Krytess said...

I love how your mountain photo looks like icing on a cucake! I drew a cupcake wrapper on your photo, but I don’t know how to attach it : (

October 7, 2010 08:29 AM
Dale said...

That looked like so much fun and so amazing! If you would ever consider coming into Ontario Canada (London, Toronto area) I would be the first to sign up for Cupcake Camp. Thanks for sharing your adventures and cupcake pop creations with us.

October 7, 2010 09:02 AM
Elise said...

I’m a new reader- what a fun blog!!! Tell me, have you every tried Crumbs cupcakes? I have to say I’m a HUGE fan- especially of their Apple Crisp cupcake….it’s heavenly & especially at this time of year!!! Love fall!!!

October 7, 2010 11:12 AM
Tsmom said...

I have a 6 year old daughter named Tatum and if I didnt know any better I would swear that she drew those pictures!!
Looks like a ton of fun!!

October 7, 2010 01:41 PM
BeckyLyn said...

Oh, Bakerella! I can’t believe you were so close and I didn’t even realize it! My kids will be as excited as I am to know you were at their favortite spot, the Oregon Coast, so recently. We are such big fans and have been enjoying your amazing ride these past few years. Your book is TOPS of my Christmas wish list this year!

October 7, 2010 03:32 PM
Ladybird said...

Wow! What an absolutely phenomenal event! Looks incredible, and so so many cupcakes :D Wow!

October 7, 2010 09:00 PM
Cassie said...

I’m so bummed that I had to work and miss going to the camp when it was only 4 hours away! I’m glad you enjoyed Oregon though. Next time you come back, I’ll have to come out and see you, no matter what!

October 7, 2010 10:46 PM
anna said...

my goodness, this is completely crazy! so many cupcakes, who’s going to eat them?
love all the colours and sizes! wish i could make cupcakes like that!

October 8, 2010 06:21 AM
Jasmine said...

Cupcake camp??? BRILLIANT!!! I would totally love to go!!! The camp looked like a blast!! Thanks so much for sharing, and congratulations on your first book signing!!! :D

October 8, 2010 10:56 AM
Jessica Simmons said...

Looks like so much fun! Ya’ll need to have a camp in Alabama!

October 8, 2010 01:31 PM
beckie & the grub said...

This place looks heavenly. It looks like you had a great time!

October 9, 2010 12:43 PM
Janet said...

Cupcake Camp must surely be heaven. Can we have one in the Atlanta area???? Maybe more than one!

October 9, 2010 01:11 PM
Laura Flowers said...

What a wonderful event! I am so happy for you. And you got to meet Jessie. She’s a hoot!


October 9, 2010 10:11 PM
Angie said...

Hi Bakerella – fellow Angie,
I chose to write my college folklore paper on you and the blogging/baking/online community. My paper will probably be posted on my e-portfolio at the end of the semester. That being said – are you okay if I use one or two images from your blog? I’m thinking about using one that displays a picture of the cake pops and the other picture would be a print screen of the over-all blog. It would be for strictly academic purposes but I wanted to make sure that was okay.
Thank you!!
-Angie W.

October 10, 2010 12:44 PM
Rockerjewlz said...

What a fabulous time you had…thank you SO much for sharing the pics with us!

October 10, 2010 03:12 PM
Cailin said...

Registration at a cupcake camp would be the perfect gift for my best friend. She’s trying to put herself through college and recently found out that she has celiac disease, but baking is the only stress relief she can find. If you have any information on future camps, especially gluten-free themed, please share! Thanks!

October 10, 2010 07:10 PM
Sarah D. said...

How exciting! When’s the next one, I’m so going to get a babysitter NOW. :)

October 10, 2010 07:25 PM
Sarah said...

Wow this is great. I wish I lived there. I may not be a kid but I would love to go there and participate!

October 10, 2010 11:21 PM
RE - RecycledFrockery said...

You are Truly the Queen of Cupcakes !
I’m looking forward to seeing you in our neck
of the woods sometime soon.

October 11, 2010 02:59 AM
Johana Porter said...

I would have loved to have been there … I love cupcakes?

October 12, 2010 12:47 AM
SALLY said...

I live on the Oregon coast and I did not hear about this. When is the next one?

October 13, 2010 01:05 AM
Anonymous said...

ahhh i would have loved to be there!

October 16, 2010 12:35 PM
Dawn said...

that would have been a little cup of heaven.

October 17, 2010 06:51 AM
ir said...

hi there Bakerella

I live in Israel and came across your website a while ago and LOVE IT! Now I go on all the time looking for the latest pictures, ideas recipes…I love to bake!

Obviously I will not make it to any of your book signings -though they do look like lots of fin – just wondering if there is any possibility that you would send me an autographed copy of your book. It really looks like lots of fun.
my email is:

mailing address:
Ita Rochel Russek
POBox 37015, Jerusalem
Israel 91370

looking forward to hearing from you

October 18, 2010 04:41 AM
shabunam haris said...

hey there,

I have been a frequent visitor to your site for a long time but this is the first time I am writing to you . You are truly an inspiration for everyone and I am so happy for you for your well deserved success and wish all the best for a more sweeter and successful future .
I live in Dubai and am waiting for your book to come out here to grab a copy of it.

October 20, 2010 02:43 PM
Christelle said...

Hello I am amazed by what you do, I run a blog in France and am trying to “democratize” cake decorating and such, Your cakepops are getting very popular here, even if you are not getting here the credit you deserve…
Would it be possible to publish an article about you and what you do? I would of course send you an english version for your approval first.
And if you would not mind to answer a few questions it would be great !
If I could be permitted to use some pictures of your work or book cover with of course credits and links tou your site clearly visible….
I would like to cover a brief history of cake pop & review for the growing number of french fans what to mix in with the crumb (can frosting is starting to get available here) but people are mixing them with stuff that should definitely not stay out of the fridge … yike.. etc…
If you find the time I would be so happy to be able to write about you …and I promise that unlike for my rough english, my french will be perfectly spelled !

October 20, 2010 07:40 PM
.meg. said...

I just did my first fondant cake ever last night. I FELL IN LOVE. I cant wait to expand this hobby, i just can’t wait! i would love to attend something like this and im from oregon, does anyone know if this will be annual?

October 29, 2010 06:04 PM
Cupcake luver said...

Awesome! I wish i was there:)

April 11, 2011 08:58 PM
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