The Cupcake Trend: Alive and Well and Camping in Chandler

Cupcake Camp Tee Shirt
Cupcake Camp Tee Shirt
Photo: Cyndi Coon
Joan from Honey Moon Sweets chatting with attendees
Joan from Honey Moon Sweets chatting with attendees
Photo: Cyndi Coon

If you are under the impression that cupcakes have jumped the shark, you clearly have not attended ​Cupcake Camp. That's right -- a daytime event (this is no sleepaway camp) devoted to baking, frosting, decorating and selling that perky little baked good so many are starting to hate.

No hate here, though. And judging by the almost 100 attendees at Cupcake Camp Chandler this weekend, the trend is going strong. The campy concept started in 2009 in San Fransisco, first as a tasting event and then as a way to teach people interested in cupcakes and in running their own business how to merge the two. This weekend's event included sessions such as Cupcake Marketing by Susan Baier; Basic Baking Science by The Cupcake Cafe; and Unusual Cupcakes by Butter & Me.

ABC Baking Cake Decorating Staf
ABC Baking Cake Decorating Staf
Photo: Cyndi Coon

Let's be honest: Phoenix doesn't really need another cupcake shop. Beyond that, this workshop series was an opportunity for local pastry chefs to promote who they are, where they bake and how they do it. And this crowd appear to be more home baker, less entrepreneur.

Cupcake Camp Chandler was planned by Gangplank, in collaboration with Cupcake Love-In co-founder Kelly Garcia of Butter & Me.

Jump over to see pictures of cupcakes from the day.

At the end of the day it was really just about cupcake lovers holding hands and singing the praises of cake and sweet frosting together.

The Cupcake Trend: Alive and Well and Camping in Chandler
Lime Basil from Butter and Me
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake
Photo: Cyndi Coon
Army Dude Cupcake from ABC
Army Dude Cupcake from ABC
Photo: Cyndi Coon
Red, White and Blue Cupcake from ABC
Red, White and Blue Cupcake from ABC
Photo: Cyndi Coon
Coconut Cupcake
Coconut Cupcake
Photo: Cyndi Coon
Insect Cupcake from ABC
Insect Cupcake from ABC
Photo: Cyndi Coon
Diner Food Cupcake from ABC
Diner Food Cupcake from ABC
Photo: Cyndi Coon
Chocolate Flower Cupcake From Honey Moon Sweets
Chocolate Flower Cupcake From Honey Moon Sweets
Photo: Cyndi Coon
Cupcake by ABC
Cupcake by ABC
Photo: Cyndi Coon
Cake Hole Project Display
Cake Hole Project Display
Photo: Cyndi Coon

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