Today’s cupcake baker interview is with one of our favorite clients, Nancy Schaub of LoveN Spoonful. Nancy has been using our cupcake wrappers to decorate her cupcakes for a couple years now and we always adore how they turn out. We were so pleased to ask her to be one of our cupcake baker interviews today.
- Tell us a little bit about you and how you got your start?
My business is home based “hobby” as I am employed full time and began about 2 1/2 years ago. I read an article in the newspaper about a woman who made chocolate chip cookies and gave all her proceeds to charity. I had recently visited my best friend in Dallas and we had gone to Sprinkles Cupcakes. I loved the concept of a cupcakery but knew it would not be feasible in my small community. I decided to try my hand at making some cupcakes at home with the intent that I would do some for profit and that would allow me to donate to various charities. I have always had an interest in music and my favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day. One day the inspiration came to name each cupcake with a song that had the word “love” in the title and the name LoveN Spoonful was chosen. I now keep very busy making cupcakes for baby and bridal showers, birthdays, weddings, corporate events and other special occasions and, in turn, can regularly contribute to events for breast cancer awareness, St. Jude Children’s Research hospital, and local fundraisers.
- What was your first childhood memory involving cupcakes?
One of my favorite toys as a child was my Easy Bake Oven. I loved using the little mixes to make cakes and cupcakes.
- What is your top 3 best selling cupcakes?
Chocolate peanut butter, red velvet and lemon.
- What is your favorite cupcake flavor?
Some see this as boring, I see it as a classic. It’s vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. And to go with it, my favorite ice cream-vanilla.
- Is there an innovation you’d like to see made to the cupcake that would improve it for you?
I think cupcakes are darn perfect just the way they are.
- What’s the most memorable cupcake event you’ve done?
This past fall, LoveN Spoonful organized a quarter auction here in my community with all of the proceeds going to St. Jude. Using my business and personal contacts, I was able to get 50 unique donations to be auctioned off, including several boxes of my cupcakes. I had told the woman in charge of fundraising for St. Jude that I thought we could raise $500. I was shocked at the end of the night when the total was $1,406! THey were thrilled and so was I. Everyone had a great time supporting such a worthy cause.
- Just for fun; what is your favorite Bella Cupcake Couture cupcake wrapper design?
My favorite wrappers are the Hannah and Lulu citrus wrappers. I love the hot pink and orange combo. It just screams outdoor summer party.
- Anything else you’d like to add?
I have purchased several new muffin tins and ended up not using them. I just didn’t like the way they baked the cupcakes. I continue to use the old tins that belonged to my mom. There’s alot of love in those tins, and that’s why my cupcakes are so good.Also as far as a favorite frosting recipe, people love my chocolate buttercream. My secret ingredient is Hershey’s special dark chocolate ice cream topping. Makes it very fudgey and creamy. I often add a bit of cinnamon and a touch of cayenne to the frosting as well. As for a recipe, I’d be glad to share but I don’t measure anything. I just go by when it looks right.
Thanks again for your great products and for inviting me to be a guest on your blog!
LoveN Spoonful Cupcakes
We hope you enjoyed today’s cupcake baker interview. If you’re a cupcake baker who’s started a little or big business we would love to interview you. Just contact us at info(at)bellacupcakecouture(dot)com.
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