Thursday, March 15, 2012

Last weekend


I was in Chicago last weekend for the Home and Housewares Show. It was incredible and so fun to come back to the city. I’ve only been one other time and it was very cooold. But thankfully this weekend was filled with unusually warmer weather.

This is a picture I snapped with my phone.

Pretty, huh!

It has a couple of filters applied to it with a photo app I use called Camera+ to post on instagram.

I enjoy taking pics with my phone – it makes snapping quick photos much easier than pulling out my main camera sometimes and you can do so much with them using photo apps. There’s a few iphone photos mixed in this post if you’re wondering why they look a little different.


Here’s the original city shot to see how much you can do with filters right on your phone. Big difference, huh.

I just wish I could use these filters in photoshop with the photos on my computer. That would be cool … and addictive to play with.


The Home and Housewares Show was huge and full of so many exciting products, but it’s only open to the trade. I know. Bummer. Companies display their latest products for buyers and retailers from all over. But I’m not either of those.

I was there for a signing with Chronicle Books who had a booth with some of their cookbooks on display. When they asked me if I wanted to come, I said, heck ya!


I had some unexpected encounters while I was there, too. Michael Ruhlman. Cool! He is really tall. I was on my tip toes. Dede Wilson – She has 13 books under her belt with Karen Tack and Alan Richardson from Hello, Cupcake! Yay! And I got to see Maggy again – and her mom, Pam from Three Many Cooks. Maggy, hope we get to talk longer next time.


This is Judit from Spain. She carves amazing creations … out of fruit and vegetables. She stopped by the booth to say hi and we talked cake pops and she was just so sweet and thankful for her Cake Pops Book that she stopped back by the booth later with fruit and carved these apples in like a minute right in front of us. It was incredible to watch. But that’s just a sample. Check out her work here and be amazed. Yeah, the Alice in Wonderland is one of her creations.


Walking around the show was pretty overwhelming. So many companies and even more products. I wanted to see as much as I could. I had a photographer’s badge, but still, many companies didn’t want pictures taken because their products have not launched yet. So most of the time, I didn’t bother. Here are a few pics that I did take and that were ok to show.


Like these Cuisipro Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Makers. You press down on a cookie or brownie, then use the mold to scoop in the ice cream, and then press down on another cookie or brownie to sandwich it. Easy and super cute. And they’re tiny too which automatically makes them awesome.


Check out these Fat Daddio cake pans. These are already in the marketplace. I’ve talked about these cake pans before. This is a great visual of why I like them so much. So many sizes. And they probably have just as many shapes, too. Plus you can get them in different depths.


Molds. These were at the New York Cake Booth and would be a lot of fun to play with using chocolate. She had a ton of different ones on display.


Chicago Metallic Booth had these baking molds to make brownie bowls. Umm, brownie bowls? Yes. please. I think these will be available soon.


Look at this toaster from Dualit. I need.


I need these, too. Would it be weird to have three?


Check out this new color coming out sometime soon from Kitchenaid. Crystal Blue. Love, love, love it!


They had a couple of mixers on display.


Like just a few.

I wish I could show you everything I saw at the show.

Each booth was like it’s own little store full of stuff. You’d really like it. A lot. But I might go missing if I did that.

Since I wasn’t home to bake, I made sure to get my sweets fix while I was in the city. Here’s a few things I picked up.


Vosges Chocolates. I haven’t broken in to these yet. I’ve been working on a couple of candy bars I bought from there first.


Bacon Caramel Toffee anyone? I should have bought some of this stuff. Dangit.


I didn’t know Magnolia had a bakery in Chicago, but I was excited to find it since I haven’t made it to the one in New York yet.


Their cupcakes are just so pretty.


I want to go to swirl school so I can do that frosting.

Peter and Mike from Chronicle split these with me as a pre-dinner snack. I think the vanilla vanilla was my favorite. Super sweet frosting. Just like I like it.


Chicago also has Sprinkles Cupcakes. Yay! I love Sprinkles because each time I’ve been to one, their cupcakes have been so good.

This time I wanted to try more than just a couple to see if I could find one that wasn’t good. So I took these to the booth to share with the guys and we had a smackdown.

Well, it wasn’t really a smackdown. Turns out there were a lot of winners. Actually, each one of the cupcakes were really good, but a few of them were great.

I’ll tell you my favorites after we sampled all 12 in one sitting.


Fourth place – Banana (top row, second from left)
Third place – Strawberry (second row, second from left)
Second place – this is really tough to say because it’s one of my favorites that they make and I get it every time. But I’m going with Red Velvet. (top row, first from left)
And first place – drumroll, please … The black and white (top row, far right) I’ve had this one a couple of times now and it is fantastic. Fantastic enough to edge out their red velvet.

All the rest were really yummy, too. The Irish Cream, marshmallow, the chocolate cupcakes and the cinnamon sugar cupcake. My teeth hurt thinking about them all.

Anyway, try one sometime. I think you’ll love them.

That’s all of the randomness I have. Hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of it from last weekend.

Sandi said...

Bakerella, you’re such a talented photographer that even the pics of the mixer hardware makes me drool. Or maybe I just drool anyway. Beautiful photos!

March 15, 2012 01:00 AM
Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab said...

That looks so fun! Is it crazy that I’d love to have about a dozen Kitchen Aid mixers in my kitchen in a whole rainbow of colors? Those cupcakes look delish too!

March 15, 2012 01:05 AM
chitownann said...

Chicago! My hometown! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Can’t wait to see what you bake next.

March 15, 2012 01:10 AM
Bella's Bakery & Bowtique said...

Wow,sounds like an awesome time!

March 15, 2012 01:20 AM
Kellie Choi said...

Love seeing you feeling and LOOKING GREAT!! Also love being a part of your experiences through your blog~
Thanks for all your love and inspirations! <3

March 15, 2012 01:21 AM
Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting said...

Looks like a fantastic time! I have yet to try Sprinkles cupcakes. I just haven’t made it to a location close by… yet Maybe an ATM will come my way soon?

March 15, 2012 01:24 AM
Anne said...

I love sprinkles! I live 90 miles from chicago and sometimes me and my sister drive all the way there just for sprinkles! I love all their flavors but smores is the best!

March 15, 2012 01:24 AM
Arjan said...

I looove Vosges chocolate. You should try their drinkable chocolate. The dark chocolate one is amaaazing! :P NOM

March 15, 2012 01:29 AM
Maggie Mae said...

Handheld Technology is great and it’s so much easier to take yummy pics with our iPhones. I still need to get the hang of all the filters and fancy edit options instagram and camera+ has to offer. I’m so Glad to see you’re doing great. God Bless you!!! Keep sharing all your ventures and creations. ????

March 15, 2012 01:32 AM
Maggie Mae said...

I’m so glad we have easy share options at our finger tips. Thanks for sharing your ventures and can’t wait to see what you come up with next. God bless you!!! ????

March 15, 2012 01:35 AM
Julie said...

here is a youtube video of how to get that magnolia bakery swirl! the key is in the frosting consistency, i think, because when i tried this with store bought frosting, it was too stiff and not as maliable or fluffy.

link to

March 15, 2012 01:36 AM
Jamie said...

I want a Crystal Blue Kitchenaid mixer now!!!! I have a red one but now I want to switch!

One question: is the frosting on the Magnolia cupcakes purposely dipped in (concave like) to hold the sprinkles on? If so…genius!

March 15, 2012 01:39 AM
Emily said...

I just tried Sprinkles cupcakes for the first time today! My sister is visiting me in L.A. for Spring Break and we got four different cupcakes to split for dinner — red velvet was our number two choice as well!!

March 15, 2012 01:46 AM
Laura said...

Wow, the Home and Housewares show sounds amazing. So cool that you got to go! And now, of course, I am craving cupcakes…. darn. I think this is something that might have to wait until morning.

March 15, 2012 02:02 AM
Diane in So. Calif. said...

Thanks for letting me visit the show vicariously!

March 15, 2012 02:05 AM
Aimee Brown said...

That’s for sharing,
Wonder when all those products will be available in Australia.
I love the new kitchen aid colour.
I wan’t one so bad, but I am only 14 and mum say’s your wasting money.

March 15, 2012 02:12 AM
Robyn | Add a Pinch said...

WHOA! I am just drooling over the pictures of all the new things coming out soon, I can’t imagine seeing them in person.

Yes, you do need that Dualit Toaster. It is just perfect for ya!

So glad you had a great time :)

March 15, 2012 02:15 AM
Laura said...


March 15, 2012 02:27 AM
Kaci said...

Were you a Vosges virgin??? Because that stuff…woo boy. It’ll spoil ya.

March 15, 2012 02:48 AM
Whitney said...

I think I see a light purple mixer. I want, haha. And I think just for you I will try the Black and White Sprinkles soon. To celebrate getting done with finals :)

March 15, 2012 03:10 AM
Whitney said...

I think I see a light purple mixer. I want, haha. And I think just for you I will try the Black and White Sprinkles soon. To celebrate getting done with finals :)

March 15, 2012 03:10 AM
Shane R. said...

That looks like it was so fun!

By the way, I use this website to put filters and fun frames on my photos link to It works similar to instagram and you can upload a picture to it from your computer or use your webcam!

March 15, 2012 03:12 AM
Tracie said...

The ones with all the Kitchen Aid colors are like Chef’s porn in my opinion! I could look at them and dream about them and drool over them all the live long day and I’m not ashamed to admit that I want one of EACH of them. Now to build a kitchen fit for a million mixers…hmmm. Thanks for the pics!

March 15, 2012 03:29 AM
Rebecca Ednie said...

There is a plug in for PS now that allows you to add Instagram and other iPhone app style filters. Yahoo!

March 15, 2012 03:30 AM
Jiann said...

CameraBag is a great application you can download to your computer that lets you play with a bunch of custom and pre-made filters! It’s super easy to use and you just need to drag and drop photos onto the window to use!

March 15, 2012 03:32 AM
Grace V. said...

Oh Bakerella! I so wish that I could go around tasting cupcakes! Dr…ee…eeaa…hhhmmmyyyyy@

March 15, 2012 03:35 AM
tinajo said...

Looks like a great time – I love Chicago and hope to go there again. So many pretty things in these pics too! :-)

March 15, 2012 04:09 AM
Kelly-Jane said...

I really enjoyed that, ‘seeing’ something I’d not normally see, thanks. :)

March 15, 2012 04:25 AM
Maryann Dubbs said...

I am in awe of your pictures. I can’t imagine what a trip like that would be like…wait…yes I can. Tent, toothbrush, clean clothes packed in the backpack, I would not leave there until the very end of the exhibition. Too much to see, too much to see, too little time to do it all. Just fantastic, and your pictures are a testament to it! Thank you for the early morning trip.

March 15, 2012 05:25 AM
The slow pace said...

Your posts always make me hungry!!! Everything looks so yummy!! And they also make me want to bake more!!

March 15, 2012 05:25 AM
Michelle said...

I <3 my Fat Daddio's pans, too!!! :o)

March 15, 2012 05:29 AM
Fatima said...

I have to say OMG, despite it being internet chat slang AND despite the fact I do not like it. But… OMG….everyhting looks so very good and cool and all that. I think it’s because of the effects the phones give on the pictures. Looks like you had so much fun, wish I were there! :D

March 15, 2012 06:13 AM
Domonique said...

I cannot believe how amazing that app makes your image of the city! Also how cute are those apples!! Looks like you had a ton of fun :)

link to

March 15, 2012 06:17 AM
Villy @ For the love of Feeding said...

I want ALL the colors, all the molds, ALL the cupcakes! :D

March 15, 2012 06:25 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Looks like a fantastic time… what a fun adventure to be able to see all the new products coming out! I’m thinking that brownie bowl is on my wish list, the toaster (oh my!) and don’t even get me started on the mixers… seriously, it was a KitchenAid beauty pageant! I’ve never even seen the copper-colored one on the end. Beauty!
Off to check out the instagram App Camera+.
Thanks for sharing and for a fun post!

March 15, 2012 06:57 AM
Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

om my word that looks like heaven, and all those mixers I would be sobbing about not being able to take one home!

March 15, 2012 07:14 AM
veronica said...

i love sprinkles! did you know that that was the first cupcake bakery made?

March 15, 2012 07:17 AM
shelly (cookies and cups) said...

Brownie Bowls?!? Holy wow!!
And that toffee is ridiculous in the best way!

March 15, 2012 08:06 AM
Sandra said...

I can’t wait to get my hands on that brownie mold. Better start working out a little longer so I can be ready for it!

March 15, 2012 08:24 AM
ileana said...

Ah, how fun! Thanks for sharing with us. I’ve had a brownie bowl mold for some time, and I really need to break it in!

March 15, 2012 08:32 AM
Sara S. in WI said...

Thanks for the peek into the show. It looks like a place I “need” to go!

March 15, 2012 08:41 AM
LeslieUnfinished said...

I just had my first black and white from Sprinkles in Dallas this weekend and it was tasty! I’m on the hunt for the best cupcake and so far it’s between Sprinkles and Cupcakes a la Mode in Kansas City.

March 15, 2012 08:46 AM
Kendra said...

It was so nice meeting you at the show and I’m so glad you took photos. Your’s turned out so much better than mine. Glad you enjoyed your time in Chicago!

March 15, 2012 08:56 AM
Jenniffer at Cup a Dee Cakes said...

It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time! Little known fact: my first visit to Magnolia bakery in NYC sparked my dream of owning my own bakery. I guess I have them to blame now, huh? :)

March 15, 2012 09:12 AM
Ashley P. said...

Thanks for sharing! This was a great post with lots of neat pictures! I just love the new mixer color, it is gorgeous. I can’t believe I have lived in Illinois my whole life and never been to Chicago!

March 15, 2012 09:25 AM
Monica said...

I loved this post! I would’ve been lost in this show for hours and hours if I’d had the good fortune to attend. Thanks for showing the chocolates and cupcakes – just what a treat! And best of all, it’s great to see you looking so happy and healthy. Yay!

March 15, 2012 09:41 AM
Darnetta said...

So cool…I live in Chicago and its great to see you had a nice time. It has been rather warm…a great time to visit!

March 15, 2012 09:47 AM
Kathy A said...

I would have been in Heaven walking around that place!!! I am a sucker for new stuff!!! Also, all those Kitchen Aide mixers…AWWWWW (cue the music and lights!!)

March 15, 2012 09:50 AM
Shelly said...

Oh, I need to get my hands on that Brownie Bowl for my Mother-in-Law! I would be Daugher-in-law of the century! The toasters are awesome and all those Kitchenaids!

March 15, 2012 09:54 AM
Katie Rose said...

I am from Chicagoland am I am glad you had some good weather while you were in town! It is high 70’s this week – the warmest weather we’ve seen this time of year since the mid-90’s, so it is quite a treat!

I wish so much that I could go to the Home & Housewares Show…looks amazing. Was anything for sale or just looking allowed?

March 15, 2012 09:55 AM
Deanna @ TheChangingHouse said...

Wow…… I want everything!

March 15, 2012 09:55 AM
Carol said...

Did you have the banana bread pudding at Magnolia? That’s the best thing they have!

March 15, 2012 09:55 AM
Michelle said...

Just wanted to share a funny story … i was in Target the other day with my daughter and saw your Cakepop book for the first time. I ran over to it with this huge smile on my face and said, “Oh wow – this is the book one of my friends published!” Wait, did I just say on of my friends!? Isn’t it amazing how mush you feel like you “know” someone when you read their blog! Hee hee …

Anyway, it was exciting for me to see your book! Congrats on everything you have accomplished. You are an inspiration!

March 15, 2012 10:03 AM
ruhlman said...

great to meet you! (you’re taller than you think!)

March 15, 2012 10:22 AM
Katie said...

Yay, another post! I’ve been checking almost every day to see what’s new. I’m becoming a bloggie (blog junkie) of yours. Can’t wait for more recipes – thanks Bakerella!

March 15, 2012 11:01 AM
Lauren F said...

What flavor was the black and white sprinkles?

March 15, 2012 11:18 AM
Mariam said...

You saved Molly’s for your next visit, I am sure! Come back to Chicago soon!

Thanks for the pictures :-)

March 15, 2012 11:50 AM
Kristen said...

Oh I love Sprinkles! And I so want that blue KitchenAid

March 15, 2012 12:08 PM
Christina Rumore said...

I have a Dualit toaster in aqua! It totally completes my kitchen counter look ;o)

March 15, 2012 12:22 PM
Luisa said...

Dear Bakerella, thank you! When it’s time to leave the office and I want to look at something beautiful just to relax before going back home I check your website and the whole world smiles to me…
I love your pics, I love your texts and you inspire me so much!
Thank you again…

March 15, 2012 12:31 PM
Abbie said...

Why can’t i live in America :'( or why can’t sprinkles and everything else cool about America come to the UK?

March 15, 2012 12:33 PM
62 said...

Thanks so much for the photos! It was was almost as good as being there. :) Let me loose at those mixers!!!

March 15, 2012 12:36 PM
Angela said...

OMG! My favorite Sprinkles’ cupcake is BLACKandWHITE too!! <3 great tastebuds favor alike!

March 15, 2012 12:45 PM
Maria said...

I just love your whole success story! Thanks for sharing it all with us. It’s exciting to experience some of the fun things you get to do. Keep up the great work! :o)

March 15, 2012 12:47 PM
amy yasneski said...

not only can you bake and photograph but you can blog awesome too! Your posts are so interesting!

March 15, 2012 12:57 PM
Bonnie said...

Looks like you had a great time & you deserve to. Glad you’re feeling so well

March 15, 2012 01:06 PM
Vanessa said...

Hey girl, you rock!!! thanks for sharing this

March 15, 2012 01:08 PM
Vicki @ WITK said...

You taste tested all twelve sprinkles cupcakes in one sitting? I bow down to you! :) I love sprinkles. I think they are way better than magnolias. Magnolias (which I’ve had a few times, being in NYC) are just too sweet, but at least they’re pretty!

March 15, 2012 01:11 PM
catt said...

OMG! I <3 the brownie bowls!!!!!

March 15, 2012 02:36 PM
Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth said...

I was in Chicago the same time you were and it killed me to know I could have had the chance to meet you and didn’t get to :(! I also did a cupcake tour and while I have loved Magnolia for quite awhile now, I was unimpressed with Sprinkles, but fell in love with Crumbs Bake Shop! Have you tried their cupcakes?

March 15, 2012 03:05 PM
Jenna said...

Oh Em Gee! I NEED a brownie bowl mold! How have I lived this long without one?!?!

March 15, 2012 05:22 PM
Kiran @ said...

Gorgeousness overall! I am drooling at all the cupcakes. Sigh :D

Can’t wait to meet you at FBF ORL :)

March 15, 2012 06:10 PM
Peggi Lee said...

Thank you so much for the Camera+ recommendation. It really is a great app!
Oh, and I think Michael Ruhlman is completely dreamy!!

March 15, 2012 06:53 PM
Anonymous said...

amazing lucky :-)

March 15, 2012 06:58 PM
Joy said...

I love sprinkles cupcakes the one in Beverly hills has there own sprinkles machine you put $4 in the machine choose your cupcake and out it comes!!

March 15, 2012 07:58 PM
Charlette said...

Would love go there someday! But the Brownie Mold love it. I will be looking to buy that little goodie. Thanks for sharing with us all.

March 15, 2012 10:49 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

Awesome post Bakerella! I MUST have the mini ice cream sandwich maker..AND the pink toaster..AND the beautiful blue mixer!! Thanks for all the lovely pictures! :o)

March 15, 2012 11:00 PM
Mara said...

I love Sprinkles’ KeyLime cupcakes!! I had my first one last summer, I’m even scheduling my next Chicago trip around the time that they’re out, lol.

March 15, 2012 11:59 PM
Nish said...

Very nice pics and enjoyed reading the post!!
1. Great to know about the filter in phone & how it brings a dull photo to life!
2. Holy moly, didn’t know KitchenAid was available in SOOOOOOO many colors!
3. Loveedddd the cake-pan-tower; wish I had a cake looking the tower for my wedding, ha ha.
4. With all these sweets & bakes & desserts that you eat, how do you stay fit??

March 16, 2012 01:04 AM
Tamara Jones said...

Part of me wishes I could have been at that show… But then part of me knows I would have been ejected after having an absolute fit over all those KitchenAid stand mixers. I get excited enough looking at the fancy ones at Kitchen Stuff Plus!

And, oh, do those cupcakes look good. One of these days I’m going to hit a cupcake shop and just go bananas!

Thanks for sharing <3

March 16, 2012 01:17 AM
aussiemarina said...

what a yummy weekend……

March 16, 2012 05:14 AM
Kstewva said...

Brow-nie bowls! Brow-nie bowls!

March 16, 2012 06:42 AM
MINDY1 said...

Yummy cheery cuteness!!! :D

March 16, 2012 09:53 AM
Grace V. said...


March 16, 2012 01:07 PM
Holly W said...

Oh how would be it to just pick a mixer based on the mood you’re in?! Or to complement the colors of the foods you were mixing. Oh I’m Jonesing for lots of mixer colors!

March 16, 2012 05:34 PM
melva said...

The cupcakes look amazing and oh so yummy. What a fun show to be at. Would love to have that Crystal Blue Kitchenaid and a few more other colors:) Glad you had a great time.

March 16, 2012 07:14 PM
Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf said...

What a fun post – I felt like I was there. Love Chicago, from there and now live just two hours away. Thanks for this post!

March 16, 2012 09:52 PM
AmandaPlease said...


March 16, 2012 10:10 PM
Kay G. said...

That is a great photo that you took of Chicago with your phone.

You really look good in the photo with your hand on your hip. You look like a movie star! You should make that your pose for cameras always, kind of like Angelina with her leg out from the Oscars! HA!

March 17, 2012 09:13 AM
Ashlyn Taylor said...

KitchenAid Heaven surrounded by sweets… I don’t think I could ever leave!

March 17, 2012 10:06 AM
Sandra said...

Lovely pics. I would like the pink toaster ;)

March 17, 2012 11:30 AM
Christi @ Love From The Oven said...

Angie – they do have PS Actions that mimic the Instagram filters. They work great and give an almost identical result. link to

LOVE the pics. I think I know what my vacation destination for 2013 will be!

March 17, 2012 02:05 PM
bridget {bake at 350} said...

That looks like heaven on Earth! Whoa…I want one of everything….even the things you weren’t able to photograph. ;)

I’ve been eyeing Fat Daddio pans for a while now…it looks like it’s time to break down and buy a few!

March 17, 2012 04:03 PM
Clarissa said...

I’ve been living in Chicago for four going on five years and you just introduced me to two places I must go to!!! How did I not know we were the home of Vosges boutiques and a magnolia?!! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

March 17, 2012 08:10 PM
Anonymus said...

Love the pictures Bakerella! I like the ice cream sandwich makers. They sound like a lot of fun. Funny you mentioned Sprinkles cupcakes, I saw on the news that when ever a Sprinkles store is closed they will have cupcake ATM’s! Isn’t that so funny. I love all of your post and I think you are amazing!

March 18, 2012 04:30 PM
Jade @ Maids said...

whoa! the cupcakes looks so good hihi! i want to taste it!
perfect for my cupcakes craving hahas!!!

March 19, 2012 03:26 AM
elle i said...…….i need one pronto…there goes my “im gona loose all this baby weight in the next 3 months” plan. thanks alot!

March 19, 2012 09:11 AM
Zoey said...

Obsessed with those new colors of KitchenAids, I can’t decide which one I like best!

March 20, 2012 12:38 AM
Kelle said...

Cute post! Just curious, which Camera+ filters did you use on that photo of the city?

March 20, 2012 11:16 AM
Jess Amazing said...

No way! Strawberry is the best Sprinkles cupcake, hands down! I love the Cinnamon Sugar after being heated in the microwave for a few seconds. Yum!

And hello, fuschia Kitchenaid- I’m coming for you. Excellent.

March 20, 2012 06:18 PM
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