Bit by the acting bug at an early age, I've always enjoyed entertaining. My true creative love is entertaining with food. I get excited creating new experiences for loved ones and friends with food and creating a certain ambiance that moves them. I long to see that "Wow" on their faces when they come through the door.
Self-taught with all, cupcakes were a total stumble upon/change of life and direction for me.
With trial and error, the business has evolved over the years, but one thing has never changed.
I only advertise by word of mouth and I make cupcakes only.
Besides God, that is the reason for success.
The Peppered Cupcake is an attention getter. Who ever heard of putting peppers on cupcakes, right? My signature cupcake always consists of some sweet and savory pepper jelly as a daily flavor. Some flavors are Mango/Habanero, Peach/Chili, Plum/Horseradish, Tropical/Jalapeno...even Wasabi.
Keeping the cupcake concept "simple" was key to maintain a growing future. I offer gourmet cupcakes only. Modification or customizing any of the cupcakes has never been a part of my business concept. I also do not venture into any other aspects of baking. This allows me to focus on my mission. Creating an exciting cupcake for you.
Over the years I've adapted and learned that more is not always better. It's stressful. Cutting business hours and days became a must to spend quality time with my family. I have finally built a customer base that allows us to be open only 4 days a week and only walk-in orders are accepted. Plus, a new digital media vending machine will be coming to the downtown location. The machine will dispense individual cupcakes and allow cakes to be available during the closed hours/days of the Racine shop as well. How exciting!
I am still humbled that folks would continue to come and review my cupcakes as the best. Especially with no formal training or background. I've been featured in Our State magazine twice, Southern Living Magazine and a small segment called Sweet Treats with HGTV. Remaining the #1 Dessert place in Wilmington since 2014 on Yelp, Google and TripAdvisor has been a great avenue for folks to learn about us while traveling. Not sure how all that has happened, but I am beyond grateful!