Baking


I stumbled across Instagram’s post yesterday – and was immediately drawn to it. This multi-faceted artist (who is also a baker, designer and photographer) encompasses creepy and creative, in her baked goodies and stages her photo shoots in retro-inspired settings! All my favorites! Her name is Christine H. McConnell. Of course I did some research and found out she lives in Twin Peaks, California. If she doesn’t really, then she should. But I also saw that she’s from Los Angeles, also. I also noticed she’s getting ready to publish a book called Deceptive Desserts [available March 2016, but you can pre-order now]. Too bad it’s not out now but at least I put it in my Christmas wish list. My point? If you like creepy, creative concoctions, styled in a twisted and vintage setting, she is your...

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Some of you know, I bake, as part of my weekly or sometimes monthly routine. I lean towards the sweet stuff, but on occasion can make a quiche. I also like to try gluten free or even strange combinations [like Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies!] In today’s post, I wanted to feature someone who can do it all, Allison Galentine. She previously worked at Caviar and Bananas, but is now at Charleston Bakery. I first met Allison, at a CupcakeCamp Charleston event through my sister Heather [who organizes CupcakeCamp Charleston and Summerville].  The following “Camps”, Allison kept winning. We’ve had four CupcakeCamp Charleston events and two Summerville ones. She’s placed in almost all of them, because in one of them, she was a judge! Mind you, every year, is a different panel of judges. All these random judges have loved what she’s done. It was after one of the first Camps, Heather [wisely] remained in contact with Allison in order to place orders from her. She specializes in all sorts of pastries: birthday cakes, birthday cupcakes, 10-year work reunion cupcakes (Heather surprised me with Red Velvet ones!), pies, themed desserts, etc.]. Because of my love for baked goods and recognizing and uplifting talent when I experience it, I decided to feature her in today’s blog. I want to recognize Allison’s creativity, work ethic and talent behind her delicious concoctions. Below are some questions I asked her, as well as some photos of what she has created. When did you discover your knack for baking? In high school I took vocational classes (leave campus to learn a trade), and I decided to take culinary arts. During the semester my teacher had us enter us either a savory or sweet category for a cooking contest at the fair. I made a simple 3 layer, chocolate cherry cake and when I brought it into class my classmates and teacher were impressed. So anyhow, entered into the fair and actually won first place! I couldn’t believe it, it was my first cake I attempted to assemble and bake on my own and I won. How did you decide to go into the culinary arts field? I always teeter tottered between being a vet or a chef, as strange as that is save animals or cook animals. However, I always helped my mom out cook dinner for the family and did not mind doing it at all. After my vocational classes in high school, I just knew that culinary arts was my calling. How do you stay creative in your field? I like to go to other bakeries and read cook books, see what other...

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CupcakeCamp Charleston


Posted By on Nov 11, 2013

      CupcakeCamp Charleston was another hit at the Alley! Photos from are posted on Cupcake Camp Charleston’s Facebook page. This post was supposed to be done last night, but apparently I keep forgetting to write and upload! We had over 400+ attendants again this year and made over $400 for SCYAP. Thanks again to those who were able to come and enjoy the baked goodness of all the amazing...

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CupcakeCamp Charleston


Posted By on Nov 4, 2013

I forgot to upload the poster that I worked on for this year’s CupcakeCamp Charleston. It’s this Sunday, November 10th from 3 to 5 pm, at the Alley, 130 Columbus Street, Charleston, SC. It’s a FREE foodie event and all monetary donations will go to this year’s selected charity: South Carolina Advocate Program. We actually had a few more sponsors that aren’t featured here, but they are at CupcakeCamp‘s Sponsors page. For the design, I decided to go with an actual bowling cupcake that I found from these awesome bakers, Pink Cake Box from Denville, New Jersey. I wanted to keep the focus on the cupcake, so I found a free vintage illustration of a female bowler [of course] illustrated in black and white. I wanted to keep the font vintage too, and used good ol’ Courier [hey, at least it wasn’t Papyrus or Comic Sans!]. Since I’m a sponsor this year [3+ years running], I decided to go with an actual theme this year. I am baking “Star Trek” cupcakes. I’m not a fondant fan [taste or creation], so I decided to buy a Star Trek ice cube tray from ThinkGeek to make dark chocolate toppers. These Star Trek chocolate toppers will be placed over Vanilla, Nutella or Buttercream frosting. Time permitting, I will try to incorporate TNG [that’s The Next Generation, for you non-Trekkies], TOS [The Original Series] or VOY [Voyager] paper toppers [that I will design with (hopefully) fun catch phrases].  I will definitely be posting pics on my Twitter feed and on here as well. For those of you local CHS folks, I hope to see you this Sunday! Please keep in mind that the Alley does not have a very big parking lot. And, even though parking is free on Sundays, remember it’s still downtown Charleston and it can be limited. However, the Post and Courier are gracious enough to let the Alley use their parking lot, which is conveniently across the street from each...

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