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Celebrate the Cupcake Part 2

While cupcakes will always be an indulgence, Bella’s Cookies, Inc. is the first natural and organic bakery in Delaware. Bella’s cookies are “clean,” meaning no Trans Fats, no Hydrogenated Oils, no Artificial Ingredients and no Preservatives.

From the tastefully sublime to the extremely elegant, Michele Mitchell, Executive Pastry Chef of the Hotel du Pont culinary team, displays the of art using chocolate and other confections and utilizes her talents of hand and air brushing, stenciling and intricate gold painting to create one-of-a-kind works of edible art.

Wedding Cupcake Tower: Wilton Industries

Those seeking a fun alternative to traditional wedding cakes can have a cupcake tower made, with a fully decorated cutting cake at the top. Alternatively, some couples choose to serve individual cupcakes decorated like a miniature wedding cake and placed on stands or have “cupcake favors” at each table in addition to their traditional wedding cake.

Creating your own signature cupcake masterpieces will be the crowning touch at your next social gathering. Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treats, ($24.99; Clarkson Potter, Trade Paperback, 2009) provides a delicious addition to the Martha Stewart library. From classics such as devil’s food cupcakes to sweet surprises like peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, and from elegant delicacies like tiny cherry-almond tea cakes to festive showstoppers topped with piped buttercream blossoms or meringue bouquets. Each recipe is accompanied by a luscious color photograph so tempting you will find it difficult to select the first one to try. Since citrus and berry flavors are popular during the hot summer months, lemon meringue, orange vanilla bean or strawberry cupcakes are sure to be crowd pleasers. For family reunions, weddings or anniversary celebrations, consider making a Monogram Tower, Photo Toppers, or Place Card Flags.

Vegans have their own selection of tasting treats to choose from in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. ($16.95, Da Capo Press; 2006.)

Every single recipe has been tested to perfection, so sneak these cupcakes (made from the book that was named Cookbook of the Year” byVegNews magazine) into any party and watch them win over the crowd. Indulge in Brooklyn Brownie Cupcakes, or a new twist on an old summer favorite S’mores Cupcakes.

Once you have lovingly crafted the cupcakes, you’ll want to pack them carefully for transport and display them in style. Wilton has designed “The World’s Most Versatile Cupcake Carrier,” the ultimate 3-in-1 caddy. It features a reversible cupcake tray which holds 12 standard or 24 mini cupcakes. Display your cupcakes with pride on a specially designed Cupcakes and More dessert stand.

Wilton’s Cupcake Fun delivers exactly what it promises, whimsical designs and mouthwatering recipes for all occasions. To find local retailers, recipes, tips and techniques, visit http://www.wilton.com.

You don’t have to wait for a special occasion. Make everyday special with a cupcake from The Perfect Cup Café in Hockessin. Serendipity guides their baker, so dedicated followers who claim The Perfect Cup Café makes the “best cupcakes in the tri-state area” check in daily to get their fix.

For More Information:

Bella’s Cookies

18572 Cool Spring Rd.

Milton, Delaware

(302) 684- 8152

Coastal Cakery

Milton, Delaware

(302) 841-8292

Hotel du Pont

11th & Market Streets,

Wilmington Delaware

(800) 441-9019

Liz Marden Gourmet Cakes & Desserts, Inc.

1252 Old Lancaster Pike

Hockessin, Delaware

(302) 239-0728

The Perfect Cup Cafe

7460 Lancaster Pike

Hockessin, Delaware

(302) 239-9118

Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treats ($24.99; Clarkson Potter, trade Paperback,2009)

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. ($16.95, Da Capo Press; 2006.)

Wilton Industries, Inc.

This story was first published in the News Journal under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.


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Celebrate the Cupcake

Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream: Flickr: Whitney

Long a staple of barbeques and birthday parties, cupcakes have undergone a complete overhaul, satisfying gourmands and icing junkies alike. Cute or chic, comforting and convenient, cupcakes make a memorable addition to any celebration.

Carrie Currey, President and Head Baker of Coastal Cakery in Milton, said people love cupcakes because “they are simple, with a lot of varieties.” Instead of serving a single flavored large cake at a party, you can easily mix different flavors and motifs. For a graduation party, Currey decorated cupcakes two ways, half with graduation caps and half with guitars. Those two themes might not work together on a large cake, but on cupcakes, they “worked.”

Any flavor you see as a large cake, you can make as a cupcake, said Matt Marden, Co-owner of Liz Marden Gourmet Cakes & Deserts in Hockessin. Their selection of cupcakes, available daily, includes such treats as rich lemon cake with coconut frosting, and classic vanilla with lush chocolate.

You can also easily control the portion size with a cupcake, said Kelly Leishear, Co-owner and Head Baker at Bella’s Cookies, Milton, Delaware. “Serving sizes are smaller, which people like in the summer. People are more conscious about what they’re eating when they are wearing a bathing suit than when they are all covered up with sweaters and bulky clothes. You can even have mini cupcakes.”

While cupcakes will always be an indulgence, Bella’s Cookies, Inc. is the first natural and organic bakery in Delaware. Bella’s cookies are “clean,” meaning no Trans Fats, no Hydrogenated Oils, no Artificial Ingredients and no Preservatives.

From the tastefully sublime to the extremely elegant, Michele Mitchell, Executive Pastry Chef of the Hotel du Pont culinary team, displays the of art using chocolate and other confections and utilizes her talents of hand and air brushing, stenciling and intricate gold painting to create one-of-a-kind works of edible art.

This story was first published in the News Journal under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.


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Celebrating Your Dream Wedding: Part 4

Richly warm and inviting, the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in RehobothBeach, provides a full-service, oceanfront hotel that combines Victorian charm with modern conveniences. The impeccably trained staff keeps the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel welcoming and appealing; never stuffy. This is the ideal location for your weekend wedding. Your guests will enjoy their glimpse of an earlier, gentler time while gathering in the antique filled lobby or restaurant. The ocean front location makes on-the-beach weddings feasible, while still allowing you to reserve an elegant dining room for the reception. You can even host a special tea as your bridesmaids’ luncheon.

The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

Olive Ave., Boardwalk

Rehoboth Beach, DE

800-33-BEACH

www.boardwalkplaza.com


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Making Your Dream Wedding Come True: Part 3

A Verdant Wedding

The term “Green Wedding” takes on a new meaning when celebrated among the verdant fields and quiet country roads of Nassau Valley Vineyards, Delaware’s first award winning winery.

Chardonnay: Wikipedia: Jenavive

Nassau Valley is a truly unique venue that can easily accommodate your celebration of 20 – 400 guests. The winery has several options for you to choose from depending on the time of year and number of guests you are trying to accommodate.

The Bacchus Grove, a 40 year old stand of Sycamore trees that looks out over the fields and vineyards, provides a particularly dramatic backdrop. In the summer the rustling giant leaves provide an airy shaded canopy for outdoor functions. In the warm early autumn days, the Grove becomes a sun dappled wooded glen. Check out their website for all of their indoor and outdoor sites

Nassau Valley Vineyards

32165 Winery Way

Lewes, DE

302-645-9463


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Making Your Dream Wedding Come True: Part 2

Talk like a Pirate

Many of you who regularly travel to South Delaware for the summer are familiar with the Pirates of Lewes, a family favorite; expeditions pirate ship charter. Children of all ages enjoy a swashbuckling pirate adventure of fantasy and fun. What you may not realize is that the same ship is available for adult parties, and the accommodating owner promises “what happens on the pirate ship stays on the pirate ship.”

One enterprising groom—to-be chartered the ship for an afternoon. Friends enjoyed the caterers’ grog while searching for pirates’ booty. After defeating the “very bad pirate,” the triumphant young man hauled up the treasure chest from the water’s depths, popped open the lid and surprised his girlfriend with a diamond engagement ring. While I would suggest using a synthetic diamond for the proposal, and replacing it with the real thing when back on land, the owner promises that he “hasn’t lost a treasure chest yet.”

Pirates of Lewes

Anglers Marina in Historic Lewes, DE

302-249-3538

www.piratesoflewesexpeditions.com


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Making Your Dream Wedding Come True: Part 1

Selecting the right theme for your wedding, party, or engagement can make all the difference when crafting an event that is both memorable and enjoyable. Whether you choose to make your day whimsical or romantic; silly or sophisticated, local venues can help you to create a distinctive event that is both fun and festive.

Romance on the High Seas

Kalmar Nyckel
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A cruise ship wedding may be out of reach during tough economic times, but that does not mean that you have to forgo the romance of a shipboard wedding. The Kalmar Nyckel, Delaware’s own historic tall ship, sails from two ports every season, making it easy to coordinate your wedding plans.

The original Kalmar Nyckel sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638 leaving its passengers to establish the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, the Colony of New Sweden in present-day Wilmington, Delaware.

Today, intimately sized weddings of 75 people or less can sail from either Wilmington or Lewes. The Kalmar Nyckel does not have an onboard kitchen, so any food services must be provided by your caterer, and you must supply your own officiant.

If 75 guests is too small a gathering, up to 90 guests can attend your celebration dockside, with the ship forming a dramatic backdrop or stage for your vows.

Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

1124 East 7th Street

Wilmington, DE

302-429-7447

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2009, under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All copyrights reserved.