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Kickstarter Appreciation Day!

Amy Brace

We are coming up on one year of our Kickstarter being funded by all our amazing backers! So, we have decided to throw a Kickstarter Appreciation event. For those who haven't cashed in on their rewards yet, can. Including scheduling macaron classes, ordering cakes, and bringing home cupcakes, mugs, and macarons. Join us March 23rd from 4-6pm!

We also have all the t-shirts and our amazing macaron artwork from Cait Courneya for you to take home. Look for our Facebook event, and be sure to RSVP, so we know how much of everything to make! If you'd like to pick up your cake that day, we can do that as well. 

Email us with cake orders at amy@amyscupcakeshoppe.com 

We have been beyond humbled and honored by all the support we have received so far, and we can't wait to make everyone delicious treats for many years to come. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for us, as we can't even begin to describe how much you mean to Amy's Cupcake Shoppe. 

Thank you!

 

Engle Olson working on our incredible Kickstarter Campaign

Engle Olson working on our incredible Kickstarter Campaign

Grand Opening Day planned by the amazing Josey from Sixpence Events & Planning

Grand Opening Day planned by the amazing Josey from Sixpence Events & Planning

Cheers to all our incredible employees, family and friends for all their hard work, and our wonderful vendors who made the day unforgettable! Stay tuned for our anniversary bash!

Cheers to all our incredible employees, family and friends for all their hard work, and our wonderful vendors who made the day unforgettable! Stay tuned for our anniversary bash!

Bursting with Excitement

Amy Brace

Yesterday I almost exploded with excitement! We signed our SBA loan at Venture Bank and we are good to go for the storefront!!!!! It's still sinking in that everything is actually happening. 

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All the happenings

Amy Brace

I was wondering how I would start this blog, and I decided just to start and see how it goes! In December I went to the bank, business plan in hand along with a pretty amazing building on Main Street in Hopkins. The address is 915 Main Street. I first went to Wells Fargo and was shot down immediately. 

I was feeling pretty defeated at the time, but of course kept chugging along. Next, I decided to try more banks at once, so three this time! So far two more no's and one super duper pretty sure yes. As soon as I get all the plans and bids from contractors.  

Speaking with Kelsy from Bluebird Cakery was one of my top priorities, since she literally just went through the same process I am hoping to go through. A too small commercial kitchen, Kickstarter campaign, storefront and amazingness. Including those amazing people called employees. Someday I'll have one of those. 

I met with Kelsy and learned as much as I could, how it all went, how it's going now. Meanwhile showing contractors the building trying to get quotes and getting fancy architecture plans drawn up of the space. 

Last weekend we drove a quick 7 hours to Jenna Rae Cakes in Winnipeg and grilled her for all the things in about two hours. I am very thankful for Jenna, her sister Ashley and also Kelsy for chatting with me about their businesses. I know how busy a day can be for me, let alone these wonderful ladies and their storefronts. 

One of the biggest take-aways reminds me of the three little bears. You don't want a space too small, you don't want a space too big, you want it juuuuust right. Room for growth in the years to come and plenty of room for customers to sit down and enjoy their delicious treats.  

That being said, the 915 building JUST fit the equipment I had. And after being at Jenna Rae Cakes in their front of house area for about an hour, the line was always to the door. Packed solid. The entire hour we were chatting and then we left to head to their new commercial kitchen space. Beautiful and spacious and plenty of storage. That's what I'm looking for, but all in one location. 

I love the idea of being on Main Street in Hopkins. It's close to where we live and I love the atmosphere of all the businesses there.  

So, after all the work we put into the 915 building, we will have to move on. We looked at two other spaces, one might be a little big and the other is just right. But! There is someone else looking at the space and ready to pounce. But hopefully they are more snail like and we are like jaguars, or maybe even bulls haha. 

I will fight with all my might for this space. It's on a corner, brand spankin new and full of windows. Tall ceilings, which I think are pretty perfect for hanging some fun chandeliers. So now, back to getting bids from contractors and plans from the architect. And then getting those things to the bank, so they can make this dream of mine a reality. And then? Kickstarter! 

We have shot the Kickstarter video and I can't wait to launch it for you all to see. Amazingness will ensue as soon as all the stars align and all those ducks get into their rows. 

This week lots of things will be happening. And if all goes well and I get to call 701 Main Street mine. You will all be hearing from me a lot more. Come with me on this journey and I promise you won't be disappointed! So, until then I will leave you with some pictures of my dream space. 

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Main Street side  

Main Street side  

Future kitchen space  

Future kitchen space  

Service door and 7th street side  

Service door and 7th street side  

Pretty eh

Pretty eh

Caleigh's Tea Party

Amy Brace

I can't believe my sweet little lady is 4! It seems like not so long ago I was bringing her home from the hospital and getting settled in.  And now she's 4, and we thought a tea party would be pretty fun!

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The Journey Continues

Amy Brace

Have you ever had that moment when you thought to yourself "this is it, this is the big grand opportunity I have been waiting for". That defining moment you know is going to change you for always. I had that moment in January

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On to Baking!

Amy Brace

The first six weeks of class are over, and I think I've cut enough potatoes into cubes and sticks for quite some time! It was great practice, and learning proper knife skills is definitely necessary, but I'm a little over potatoes and onions. 

Our first two classes were Intro to Culinary, and Food Safety. Waking up early to always be on time and a little dedication to potatoes and food safety, and I was able to pass both classes with 98%. My next class started today and it's Intro to Baking.  

What did we do on the first day? We learned to make chocolate chip cookies, and the secret ingredient is apparently a little dark rum haha. We didn't quite get to baking them today, but I'm excited to scoop those delicious morsels tomorrow. Also, on the schedule for tomorrow is peanut butter cookies! I feel like I should start a cleanse or something. All these delicious treats are going to be difficult to resist! Gotta try it right?  

Luckily last term we had a class that finished at 9:30am, this term we are not so lucky. With a new recipe every day we will be going 7-11am straight. I know it may not seem too crazy, but woah the notifications on all the things I had when I got out of class was intense!  

I will for sure do my best to keep up with phone calls, emails, messages and social media. Since we aren't able to have our phones in class, everything will start for me after 11, so please be patient. 

I am so thankful for all the love and support I have gotten through this journey so far, I can't wait to keep sharing with you all the things I am learning. Next class is breads....ooooooh yeah.  

So here are a couple pictures of the excitement I have had so far. Love you all and thank you a million for loving my business!  

 

Knife cuts final exam with potatoes, onions and tomatoes

Knife cuts final exam with potatoes, onions and tomatoes

Making ourselves some lunch of turkey breast, mashed taters and broccoli  

Making ourselves some lunch of turkey breast, mashed taters and broccoli  

Our first pot of potato water.... And yes we thought it tasted good

Our first pot of potato water.... And yes we thought it tasted good

Intro to baking first day chocolate chip cookies! 

Intro to baking first day chocolate chip cookies! 

Onward and upward from here! 

Back to School

Amy Brace

So excited to be at Le Cordon Bleu!! I have finished my first week of classes and only cut myself once! I would call it a success so far. Currently we are taking two classes alongside the culinary students. Culinary Basics and Food Safety. We will have these two classes for the next 6 weeks. In Culinary Basics we will learn knife skills, soups, bases and sauces. Yummo!

After the first 6 weeks the culinary and pastry students will separate and have our own classes. Each class is 6 weeks long and I can't wait to learn everything possible! I will be learning basics, sugar, chocolate, breads, cake decorating and structure and so much more, so if you'd like samples just let me know. 

With going back to school comes a lot of responsibilities for me, school, working part time for ID Line, Amy's Cupcake Shoppe, being a mom, and being a wife. So, if I don't get back to you right away with an inquiry, please be patient. I will do my best to get to everyone as soon as possible!  

Thank you all so much for all your continued support and love of my sweet treats. I love making everyone's day so much sweeter and making special cakes and cookies for all your events. Can't wait to learn and grow my business!

 

First day of school April 6, 2015

First day of school April 6, 2015

Smash cakes for first birthdays  

Smash cakes for first birthdays  

Cakes for every occasion  

Cakes for every occasion  

Custom Sugar Cookies  

Custom Sugar Cookies  

Macaron classes available

Macaron classes available

Cakes, Cakes, Cakes!

Amy Brace

Usually my day-to-day orders consist of cupcakes. Any and every delicious cupcake from my menu, or even creations we get to make up on the spot. But, recently, I have been having so much fun making custom cakes for birthdays, baby showers, special events, and of course weddings. 

I have done three weddings so far this year and they have all had a tiered cake as the centerpiece. Love it! Baking, decorating, and stacking a cake is a whole different beast than making cupcakes. A fun and delicious challenge indeed. 

So feast your eyes on the most fun I have been having since I started my business a little over a year ago. I am so honored and humbled by all the continued support from family, friends, and every referral I have ever gotten. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for believing in me and loving my baking creations! So, come for more treats, often and always, I am here to make all your days just that much sweeter.  

Winnie the Pooh cake for a first birthday  

Winnie the Pooh cake for a first birthday  

My very first cake bar! Includes cake cubes and assorted toppings, custom sugar cookies and a macaron tower  

My very first cake bar! Includes cake cubes and assorted toppings, custom sugar cookies and a macaron tower  

Vanilla bean wedding cake with buttercream ruffles  

Vanilla bean wedding cake with buttercream ruffles  

Chocolate cake filled with salted caramel and covered in buttercream roses  

Chocolate cake filled with salted caramel and covered in buttercream roses  

Happy 3rd birthday to Liam! Vanilla bean fire truck theme cake  

Happy 3rd birthday to Liam! Vanilla bean fire truck theme cake  

happy first birthday to Leo in heaven, lemon chiffon cake filled with homemade lemon curd. Made with the most love I could fit in it. 

happy first birthday to Leo in heaven, lemon chiffon cake filled with homemade lemon curd. Made with the most love I could fit in it. 

Chocolate cake filled with black cocoa buttercream and covered with vanilla buttercream and fondant accents

Chocolate cake filled with black cocoa buttercream and covered with vanilla buttercream and fondant accents

Chocolate cake filled with black cocoa buttercream and topped with vanilla buttercream and fondant accents 

Chocolate cake filled with black cocoa buttercream and topped with vanilla buttercream and fondant accents 

Lemon cake filled with lemon curd and topped with vanilla buttercream and fondant monster accents

Lemon cake filled with lemon curd and topped with vanilla buttercream and fondant monster accents

Triple layered cake, vanilla, red velvet and chocolate cakes filled and topped with vanilla buttercream  

Triple layered cake, vanilla, red velvet and chocolate cakes filled and topped with vanilla buttercream  

Wedding cakes, top tier is lemon and bottom tier is salted caramel, surrounded by various cupcake flavors  

Wedding cakes, top tier is lemon and bottom tier is salted caramel, surrounded by various cupcake flavors  

Stay tuned for much more from Amy's Cupcake Shoppe. 2015 has only begun and it's looking amazing from here! 

Minecraft birthday cake, chocolate cake covered in black cocoa buttercream and Oreo crumbs with Minecraft accents  

Minecraft birthday cake, chocolate cake covered in black cocoa buttercream and Oreo crumbs with Minecraft accents  

Pink Ombre vanilla bean cake filled and topped with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream, dark chocolate ganache and salted caramel  

Pink Ombre vanilla bean cake filled and topped with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream, dark chocolate ganache and salted caramel  

Red velvet tiered cake with s'mores cakes on the side, chocolate cakes filled with graham cracker buttercream and topped with toasted homemade marshmallow frosting  

Red velvet tiered cake with s'mores cakes on the side, chocolate cakes filled with graham cracker buttercream and topped with toasted homemade marshmallow frosting  

S'mores cake, chocolate cake filled with graham cracker buttercream and topped with toasts homemade marshmallow frosting  

S'mores cake, chocolate cake filled with graham cracker buttercream and topped with toasts homemade marshmallow frosting  

Lavender cake filled with creamed honey buttercream and adorned with buttercream flowers  

Lavender cake filled with creamed honey buttercream and adorned with buttercream flowers  

First birthday smash cake in a heart shape for the day after Valentine's Day

First birthday smash cake in a heart shape for the day after Valentine's Day

Paw Patrol birthday cake, chocolate cake topped with black cocoa buttercream  

Paw Patrol birthday cake, chocolate cake topped with black cocoa buttercream  

Hibiscus cake filled with lemon curd and topped with vanilla buttercream  

Hibiscus cake filled with lemon curd and topped with vanilla buttercream  

Happy 10th Anniversary to The Current

Amy Brace

My husband and I listen to the current all the time, so how excited was I to hear it's their tenth anniversary? Pretty excited! So excited, in fact, I thought hey, I should make them a cake! I wasn't sure how many staff were in the office so I made a big one! Three tiers in fact. Chocolate cake filled with salted caramel for the bottom tier, lemon cake filled with lemon curd for the middle tier and vanilla bean for the top. My three top flavors all in one cake.  

Then came the design. Easy peasy, music. But! One of our favorite parts of the day is their coffee break, and I happened to have super delicious chocolate covered coffee beans. Music, coffee beans, their logo, and of course the number 10 for their anniversary! Cake design done and done. 

I had so much fun making this cake and I'm so excited to share the process with you! Happiest of anniversaries to The Current!  

After making the cake I delivered it to the station and had such a great time touring. Such amazing and gracious people. Congratulations to The Current and keep the great music coming! To many more years of the best local music.  

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Cakes baked and crumb coated, ready for frosting and decorations.  

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Little by little it's coming together

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Piano turned out great! 

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Chocolate covered coffee beans!

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Almost done

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Finishing touches

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More finishing touches  

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All done!  

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Every cake deserves a gold sequin background. 

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Cake just after delivery. The looks on the way in were so much fun! 

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First time seeing a record like this in person, so pretty!  

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Because amazing record walls should be everywhere! 

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Thanks so much to the current for all your kind words and I hope you all loved the cakes!