Animal lovers unite! Eat cupcakes to support the BC SPCA’s National Cupcake Day

Walter the American bulldog cross practices restraint Photo Credit: BC SPCA

Walter the American bulldog cross practices restraint Photo Credit: BC SPCA

Do you love cupcakes? Does your pooch love pupcakes? Then get baking because February 24 is National Cupcake Day.

The SPCA and Humane Societies across Canada cooked up an ingenious plan to raise funds for the protection, care and advocacy for critters in need. During Canada’s first-ever National Cupcake Day, the BC SPCA is encouraging folks to raise funds to support dogs, cats, guinea pigs, horses and all other animals in need by hosting an old-fashioned cupcake bake sale.

If you’re not a great baker or just don’t have time to whip up some iced, cakey goodness not to worry. You can support the SPCA by buying cupcakes or cupcakes from a number of different Vancouver shops and restaurants to show your love.

Below you’ll find a few local spots where you can grab a delicious cupcake and donate to a worthwhile cause. Continue reading:
Animal lovers unite! Eat cupcakes to support the BC SPCA’s National Cupcake Day

ManCakes Bakery: Cupcakes for Vancouver Men?

Buffalo Wing ManCake. Photo credit: ManCakes Bakery

You may have thought that the cupcake’s glory days were over. What more could bakers do? Cupcakes have been primped, pumped full of fillings, bacon-topped etc., only to finally give way to the next Vancouver dessert trend: the macaron.

But no. Out of nowhere, ManCakes introduced cupcakes for men. This new and provocative Port Moody bakery by Geoff Hamilton and Jeremy Wong creates 10 flavours of manly cupcakes, including their signature Buffalo Wing (with spicy cake base, baked blue cheese mousse, hot sauce buttercream and crispy chicken skin “sprinkles”) and Breakfast (a vanilla cake base with egg and bacon custard, topped with maple buttercream and a granola tuille).

The idea behind ManCakes? The old cupcake model is more about fussy frills than bold flavour.  Hamilton and Wong wanted to create something strong and adventurous that Vancouver men could enjoy.

I’m female and these flavours appeal to me. Unsurprisingly, according to this great article about ManCakes in The Vancouver Sun, 80% of ManCakes customers are women and this will increase with Father’s Day just around the corner.

Is the ManCake genius? Poorly-named? Genius but poorly-named? Continue reading:
ManCakes Bakery: Cupcakes for Vancouver Men?

Halloween Baker’s Market + Cupcake Eating Contest

Halloween cupcakes by Ozmafan

Sweet news for trick-or-treaters of all ages: A Halloween Baker’s Market takes place this Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moberly Arts & Culture Centre. The 2000 sq. ft. space will be transformed into a souk of homemade, sugary nosh options from ghoulish cupcakes to fluffy, pumpkin-buttercream-filled macarons. Adults and kids, in costume of course, are welcome to come join the festivities. Kids will receive marshmallow ghosts or pumpkins courtesy of the market.

I say why trick-or-treat just once when you have the option of going twice. But if you can’t make it this Saturday, mark your calendar for the annual Cupcake Eating Contest at the Baker’s Market Nov. 20. Frosting will fly as contestants stuff their faces with as many confections as possible in 5 minutes.
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Halloween Baker’s Market + Cupcake Eating Contest