I’m sorry to report that we don’t have a new cupcake flavor to tempt you with today. Instead, we wanted to share with you our very first wedding cupcakes! Back when we first started doing our Kickstarter campaign to get our business off the ground, our friends Amanda & Jerod contributed to our efforts and we promised them wedding cupcakes. Back in October, it seemed like a long way to go, and finally this past weekend, we got in the kitchen and made 200 cupcakes for their wedding. Half was our Salted Chocolate Caramel and the other half was the Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes.
After 4 hours in the kitchen, we emerged with all 200 cupcakes, not too bad for us! Both flavors turned out really great, and we delivered and set them up this past Saturday. Amanda had found these really great cupcake stands that we used, then we placed the rest on the surrounding tables. Each flavor had an entire table dedicated to it, and we really needed it! 200 cupcakes is a lot!
I over-calculated the amount of batter that we would actually need to produce these cupcakes and ended up with over 10 dozen of each flavor. We ended up having to use the giant mixer in the kitchen (for the first time), it was pretty awesome to be able to produce so much batter all at once.
The next wedding we’ll be baking cupcakes for is our own, which is coming up pretty rapidly! It’s just a 3 week countdown until Dylan and I become Mr. and Mrs. Sweet and Stout, and we’re pretty excited about that. We have a couple guest posts lined up for the blog while we’re away, looking forward to sharing those. We had quite the weekend filled with baking, this past Sunday we baked another 3 dozen cupcakes for the Manito Tap House. It’s good to be busy!
Jackie & Dylan
This past Saturday was our official launch party! We wanted to celebrate a successful kickstarter campaign, and give our awesome backers their beer cupcake rewards. This was the event we’ve been working so hard towards, the day we introduced our beer cupcakes to Spokane!
The Friday before the event was baking day (er… night). Luckily for Dylan and I, we had some helpers coming to town just to bake with us (and keep us from totally freaking out). Dylan’s mom, dad, and brother, all drove from across the state to help us out! We were so glad to have them too, we ended up baking around 170 cupcakes that night.
I’ll tell you that the baking took a bit longer that night than we had anticipated, but it was also the second time we had ever cooked in the commercial kitchen. Many diet cokes, chocolate bars, pep talks and grocery store runs later, we left the kitchen victorious around 1:00 am (arrived at 7 pm).
We arrived at Brews on Washington near 3:00 pm the next day, a little tired, but excited for things to get going. After carefully setting up some displays, beers were poured, and we eagerly awaited the arrival of our friends and guests. Spokane, you did not disappoint us! Shortly after 4:00, things got rolling! It was the coolest thing to see. We were both so excited to meet new people, including those who donated to us through kickstarter. It was great to finally meet a few people that I’ve come to know through twitter, too!
We wanted to give a special thanks to Liz Rognes, for delighting our ears with her music throughout the event. I had plenty of people come up and tell me not only how great the cupcakes were, but how great the music was!
We both would also like to give a very special thank you to Dylan’s family for driving all the way from the west side of the state to help us! Their help was greatly appreciated. Plus, all the photos you see above were shot by Dylan’s dad, Martin, who own Photos by Martin based in Bellingham, WA. He does great work, and we are so thankful that he was there to capture these great images!
Really, thank you to everyone that came out. We had an amazing and memorable night, and it’s all thanks to you! We hope you’ll be back to Brews to have another cupcake soon. We’re working on getting our cupcakes out there to more venues, so stay tuned for that news. Also, we’re going to open up to taking orders, directly from us, if you would like 2 dozen or more.
As the week goes on, I’m hoping to have a little more information here on our website about placing orders, and the flavors we’ll carry. Of course, I’ll keep everyone updated on our progress.
– Jackie & Dylan
We were feeling fancy this weekend, so we opened a bottle of Crème Brûlée Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company and made some cupcakes with it (and drank the rest). If you’ve never had this beer, I highly recommend it. It’s a sweet, creamy, delicious stout that should not be missed. It added just the right amount of flavor to our cake recipe. To say the least, we were really excited to bake these & try them.
Last Thursday, Dylan and I met up with a food writer for the Spokesman Review for an interview. She told us she was going to have a photographer come over to the house on Sunday to take some pictures of us while baking. So we were really trying to make this cupcakes turn out both picture worthy and delicious. I’m pretty sure we succeeded – the photographer really enjoyed the cupcake, and I think he got some really cool shots. It’s kind of hard to imagine a big photo shoot going on in our small (really small) kitchen!
The really fun part of these cupcakes (besides the super awesome beer) is the filling/frosting. After the cakes were done baking, we carved out a little crater in each and filled it with our home made crème brûlée, sprinkled it with brown sugar, and took a torch to it. (That was Dylan’s favorite part)
These cupcakes were definitely rich, to say the least, but (and I’ve been saying this a lot lately) they are definitely in my top 10 cupcakes that we’ve ever made. I think I may need to start expanding our offerings list when we actually start doing business.
Cake, beer and fire… now that’s what I call a good time.
Speaking of business, last Friday (amazingly and unexpectedly) we reached our goal on kickstarter! Actually, we’re sitting at 116% funded right now, the donations kept coming in after we hit our original goal. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated – definitely feeling the beer cupcake love. We still have to wait until our campaign ends (October 10th) until we actually receive your generous donations, so you can look forward to us getting to work soon after that.
We are beyond excited to move forward with Sweet and Stout, thank you again for being a huge part of it!
Today was a rare chance where I was let in the kitchen to make the cupcakes for this week, all alone. This time I was able to show off my baking skills to Jackie once again. For this week’s cupcake, I settled on a cinnamon yellow cake and decided to put Quilter’s Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery in them. This was a easy choice with the brewery calling this beer their “beer candy.”
For a topping to go with this delightfully light, but sinfully rich cake, I created a Kahlua butter glaze. The glaze gave me some grief when I was making it though, it kept thickening up on me at the strangest times. After making it a second time I had it down.
I ran into some of the same problems as we came across with the Black Cherry Ale Cupcakes, mainly the fact that it was in the high 90s and working with chocolate and glazes is nearly impossible without the constant use of the fridge. All in all, I feel that this cupcake turned out well, and am definitely looking forward to having one of these again soon.
On a different note, I wanted to share with all you beer cupcake lovers an update on where we’re at with our kickstarter campaign. We currently are 66% funded thanks to all of you and your generosity. We still have 27 days left to get the remaining 34% or $565! If we are able to reach our goal in the next 27 days we will be bringing our beer cupcakes to the Inland Northwest. We want to thank you again for all your support, we couldn’t do it without you, and if you are looking to donate to Sweet and Stout you can click here.
We’re nearing the finish line! The end (or, really, the beginning) is in sight.
Have you heard of kickstarter.com? Well, if you haven’t, it’s a platform people use to raise money for a wide variety of projects. Dylan and I have created a project for Sweet and Stout, and we’re hoping you’ll stop by our page and check it out. Sweet and Stout has become more than just a blog, and with your help, we’ll be off and running sooner than we would be able to do by ourselves.
At least stop by and check out the video we made. It took a lot longer than we thought it would to create. (and a lot more curse words than originally anticipated) When this is all said and done, I think we’ll post some of the video clips that were a little too “colorful” for the final cut. Sitting in front of the camera was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a while. I think Dylan does a lot better on screen. I’m definitely more comfortable behind the camera, but I’m hoping we got our message across.
Make sure you check out our donation rewards too, they’re pretty awesome. We’re going to be getting custom pint glasses made from Custom Printed Beer Glasses, a local company here in Spokane. Our friends, John and Angela Gordon, have helped us out and made us some really cool vinyl stickers to give away. Also, we’ll be getting t-shirts made by Blue Button, a local non-profit screen printing company. Oh, and probably the coolest prize (if I do say so myself), will be an invitation to our launch party! The invite also includes 2 free cupcakes while you’re there! Yum.
We want to thank everyone we’ve met along this journey of beer-cupcake exploration. Without your support, we couldn’t have made it this far. Please consider helping us to the next phase of our plan. When someone asks “Where can I buy one of your cupcakes?”, I’d love to be able to tell them. We are so close, and you can help get us there.