Play Date with Trophy Cupcakes ….

So there once was a woman named Jennifer……..

Jennifer Shea

Jennifer had a passion for baking.  She also had a passion for rock and roll.  And a passion for pony tails.  Through a series of events, she was able to combine your passions to launch what is arguably one of the most awesome cupcake stores on the West Coast, Trophy Cupcakes.

I had the opportunity to meet Jennifer and her husband while in Seattle last month and instantly fell under her spell.  Warm, down to earth and funny, Jennifer doesn’t strike you immediately as a successful business woman but simply someone you want to get to know better.  I actually think that laid back personality is one of the core reasons why Trophy Cupcakes has become such the success it is — while never fussy, there is a level of easy sophistication that seems to exude from the Jennifer and the brand.  The editors over at Sasquatch Books also noticed because they offered Jennifer the opportunity to create her own recipe and party planning book, Trophy Cupcakes & Parties.  The book is chalked full of amazing tips and tricks for throwing the perfect fete but honestly, it’s the recipes you are after.

The book contains some of Trophy’s standard recipes but also interesting twists including this recipe for a Margarita flavored cupcake with a tequila lime buttercream – hello lover!!!  Beautifully shot and well-written, the book is not intimidating.  Recipes, party ideas and decorating tips are laid out in separate chapters and then reintroduced under party themes to make it easy to throw the perfect bash…..

trophy cupcakes margarita cupcake

However, what I am most excited about is that Jennifer is making a trip down to San Francisco on October 17 for a book signing and cupcake decorating seminar at Makeshift Society.  It’s an evening of hands on cupcake decorating tips and tricks straight from the pages of the book as well as Jennifer will be sharing her “5 Must Do’s for Great Parties.”


In addition, 10% of all proceeds will be going to Makeshift’s Kickstarter program to bring the same type of awesomeness to Brooklyn.  So let’s recap — following your dreams can lead to success, a book deal and perfecting a flawless high pony?  Sounds like a win all the way around which is why you need to either buy Trophy Cupcakes & Parties or attend DIY, Bubbly & Buttercream next week!

Now if you excuse me, I have some cupcakes I need to start baking…..

[pictures courtesy Belathée Photography & moi]

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