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In a couple weeks, I will be attending Cupcake Camp Boston for the second time.

Which of the following best describes Cupcake Camp Boston?
A)   Cupcake-eating competition
B)   Cupcake bake-off
C)   Training to become a cupcake connoisseur and baker
D)   Ad-hoc gathering of people who share and eat cupcakes in an open environment

The correct answer is D.

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved these frosted treats.  I have fond memories of these tasty, theme-decorated, and locally-baked cupcakes that my mother used to buy for me when I was a kid.  The best thing about these desserts is that you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy them, whereas regular-sized cakes are typically eaten at celebrations.  Around this time last year, I joined hundreds of local cupcake aficionados at this sweet event in Somerville, MA.  Admission was free on a first-come, first-served basis, but amateur bakers could share a tray of their very best cupcakes in exchange for VIP access – a good idea because they skipped the long line of over 400 cupcake fans!

Inside the venue, I saw the usual players of Boston’s cupcake scene: Kickass Cupcakes, Party Favors Brookline, Sugar Bakery, and Sweet.  However, I did not expect to discover some virtual bakeries that also made beautiful and delicious cupcakes as well, such as Couture Cupcakes, Jenna Cakes, Mix Bakery, and Sin Cupcakes.   It’s nice to know that there are other cupcake options in addition to the brick-and-mortar businesses.

If you love cupcakes as much as I do, then mark your calendars for Cupcake Camp 2011 on April 13th at The Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA.  I may even bring my batch of homemade Oreo cupcakes.  In the meantime, tell us where you go when you crave cupcakes!

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