Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Sweet Surprise

I rarely refrain from posting anything food related in my life on my blog, but today’s sweet surprise has been 4 months in the making and I haven’t squealed even just a little—if you follow on Facebook, you may already know. It’s been hard not to tell everyone, especially because my readers are my biggest fan, but in all actuality, this sweet surprise has been consuming so much of my time that it’s taken away from blogging a bit, which is why I only get to posting about once a week now vs. 3 times a week in previous months. I know you are all such a great community & your “virtual” support/suggestions will be extremely appreciated!

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I would like to introduce you to my new adventure…..

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In a nutshell—I’ve been holed up in my kitchen for the past four months learning all the necessary cupcake skills. I’ve mixed, I’ve tasted, I’ve developed, and, oh my have I eaten. But during this time I developed such a passion for these tiny sweet treats. Seeing how happy they make people when I would deliver a batch “just because”, made me think that I could do it everyday with the bonus of making some extra money as well. So I started word-of-mouth advertising, which works great. It was keeping me busy with anywhere from 2-3 orders a week ranging from 1 dozen to 100 cupcakes for all types of occasions. To see my cupcakes be a part of someone’s event, and make it a tad bit sweeter was all the further push I needed to take the next step!

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You guessed it, a cupcake shop. I’ve been working with different departments of Minnesota including the Small Business Development Center, financial advisors, and realtor agencies. To say it’s as easy as pie a cupcake would be a lie, and I’ve just begun to scratch the surface. Plans, papers, and figuring are definitely not my niche. It will be much more exciting to bake, decorate, and see my dream become a reality.

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The competition in my city for cupcakes is nonexistent. Plus my city is a premier vacation location during all seasons, so as we find more and more on industry statistics, the probability of this business being huge is a realistic possibility.

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I am planning on sharing this journey cupcake by cupcake and dedicating one post per week to the birth of this future business.  Currently we are at the step of finding a place that’s suitable for what I am looking for. I am anticipating this process to take 2-3 weeks, so in the meanwhile regular blogging will continue and new cupcake menu additions will be added. I am also going to set up a special tab on the side bar of my blog so you can check out all things cupcake whenever you’d like!

I’d love for you to check out my temporary webpage here:

http://www.wix.com/casaundraleigh/ccc

Technically I can’t “launch” the site as its’ own domain until the business is completely certified.

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“Love doesn’t make the world go round

—cupcakes do!” –Cupcake Wars

What is your reaction to my surprise?

Will you be interested in following as I embark upon this new journey?

28 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I'll definitely be following this fabulous journey :)

Tropical Eats said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so so so so EXCITED for you!!

you are doing big things my dear.

Lookout Cupcake Wars, Cassie's in town!

Christina said...

Uh.... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow!!! This is so so so fun and fantastic! Good luck! :) I'm excited for you! We have a cupcake place here in Chicago that has a cupcake truck that drives around on a schedule they post on FB to sell to people too! You should try going mobile, also I think it's such a cute idea!

KEEP US POSTED!

Lisa said...

Congratulation! You go girl!

The Healthy Hostess said...

I am SOOOO excited for you! I can't wait to read about every detail of this exciting adventure! I would love to do this and can't wait to read as you do!! I know you will be amazing and I wish we lived closer so I could be your taste tester! YAY!!!!!

Christina said...

this is SOOOOO exciting. i can't wait to read more about this. so proud of you! :)

Mary said...

I just went to check your temporary webpage and really loved it. You know I'm rootn' for you girl. This really is exciting. I'll be tuning in to see how things are going. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jessica@tastyandtrim said...

That is SO amazing - congrats love!!! I am definitely excited to follow you on your journey!! :)

katecooks said...

wow, so cool! what an exciting new venture. a cupcake shop sounds heavenly...and right up your alley. cant wait to hear more!

hbobier said...

I'm so super excited for you, girl!! You'll have to tell me about it and I'll make the drive up north to come visit (and eat cupcakes, obviously) once you're open.

Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you!

Kelly said...

Congrats! I've always admired your entrepreneurial spirit - first teaching cooking classes and now this. Wow girl, you impress me!

Erica said...

ahhhhhhhhhh! SO fabulous! Congrats! This is SO the adventure for you! I will definitely be following you! And, if you ship far far away- maybe be purchasing??? Congrats again :) Sorry I've been MIA- I will finally have a post up tomorrow morning!

Nicole, RD said...

SO interested! Cassie, this is HUGE! Congrats!!! I am beyond excited and happy for you!!! :)

Cecilia said...

Congratulations on your new adventure!

Kerstin said...

CONGRATS!! How exciting, I can't wait to hear all about it, every step of the way :)

sophia said...

HOLY CUPCAKES!!!! AAAAAHHH!!! This is HUGE!! This is AWESOME!!! this is sooo exciting!!! I'm just SO happy and thrilled for you...I can't WAIT to hear more about your adventures!!

laurie said...

Congrats on your exciting news!

I checked out your webpage and the cupcakes look awesome! I love the different kinds of cakes you have available, and liked how you described them...yum!

This is a great idea, and I can't wait for you to open up a store. I will definetly drive over to see it AND buy some of your creations!I think I may need to try one of each...they all look so good!

Katrina said...

Oh my gosh--how awesome is this!
Can't wait to see/hear more. Get yourself ON Cupcake Wars. Love that show. Will be following along.

Krista said...

This is amazing, Cassie!!! You must be SO excited. I'll definitely be following you along this journey!

Jenny said...

This is HUGE! A million congrats, girl! I'm so in awe of your ability to follow your dreams. I can't wait to hear all about your successes :) YOU ROCK!!!

Melissa@ For the Love of Health said...

That is so amazing! Congratulations!! Good for you for following your dreams!

Lee Hersh said...

OMG I am so excited for you. Seriously. Get it girl. I can't wait to follow your journey. Send some cupcake love to MPLS!

Kim said...

Good for you! I'm really proud of you! There is definitely a niche for cupcakes in every town and it sounds like you would be the only cupcake shop in town. Hooray for you! I'm excited to see how it goes.

Best of luck!

Hope you're having a great Valentine's Day!

Jessica said...

How exciting! Congratulations!! :-)

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

oh my gosh. Seriously, how cool is this??? I am so jealous of you right now. I can't wait to read along! Good luck and congratulations!

Sue said...

WOW, I'm so excited for you! I see a bright cupcake future for you! :) Congratulations!

Tracey said...

Congratulations - how fantastic for you!!

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