For the second installment of the Twin Cities' interactive Yelp Cooks series, close to three dozen yelpers broke out their aprons and got sugar high at Cupcake Camp!
Our incredible hosts at Franklin Street Bakery went above-and-beyond to show off the new Edina location, situated right on the edge of Linden Hills and offering breads, cakes, coffee and more in a casual, neighborhood café. Franklin Street Bakery's larger location can still be found on Franklin Avenue in Seward, so now you can get your fill of their fare all over town.
At Cupcake Camp, Lynne Hackman, the bakery's pastry chef, walked the campers through a couple of fun frosting tutorials, including ladybug and flower cupcakes almost too cute to eat. Aww.
After watching the master, yelpers got creative with the plethora of samples, toppings and decorations laid out on the tables, including sprinkles, food spray "paint" and Pop Rocks, while the owners of the bakery, Mark and Wayne, treated the guests to samples of their creamy, housemade frozen Greek yogurt. It could not have tasted better on a hot day!
Mid-camp, one lucky guest discovered a cupcake cut-out under her chair and won a gift card to Franklin Street. Hooray! And towards the end of the evening, Amelia A's hilarious octopus cupcake brought home the old-school Yelp lunchbox prize for most creative cupcake. Kara K's artistry in creating the chicken cupcake needs honorable mention too.
As the campers said their goodbyes, the staff at Franklin Street handed out sugary gift bags filled with cookies and coupons. Pretty sure that yelpers left with at least a baker's dozen of sweet treats—maybe event two baker's dozens!
A big thanks to all the campers, intern Liz W. and Lya, Wayne, Mark and Lynne at Franklin Street for a great night!
If you missed the fun, keep an eye out for the next Yelp event on the Events page…
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