Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Carnival!

You could say that I have put a lot of research into this cupcake.

Since meeting my husband 14 years ago, a native of New Orleans, I have been well educated on the traditions of Mardi Gras.

From the history, which goes back hundreds of years, to the Grand parades, fancy floats and costumes. 


People in New Orleans take the traditions of Mardi Gras very seriously!  There are certain things you do and eat as part of the celebration of "Carnival" (as it is actually called) that they have been doing for years.

Let me state for the record that this is NOT the celebratory activities you see in movies and on TV.  It doesn't involve going to the french quarter and "tying one on" (among other things).... so to speak.

One of the long standing traditions is that of the King Cake!


Now, there are dozens of ways to make this traditional delicacy.  Everyone you meet will want to tell you their preferred (and "right" way!)  But, the basics are a Cinnamon Roll type bread twisted into a large circle, much like a wreath.  It is topped with a cream cheese frosting and sprinkles in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold.

Finally, a small plastic baby is inserted somewhere in the cake. Whoever gets the slice containing the baby is said to have good luck all year long.

Cool, huh?  It really is neat, and all the king cakes I have tried were pretty tasty.  
So, I figured why not make a cupcake version in order to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Dixie Belle's way!

This is a cinnamon roll cupcake, loaded with cinnamon and brown sugar.
It is topped with a rich cream cheese frosting and Mardi Gras sprinkles in purple, green, and gold.
Not to mention, a sparkly crown to make Bacchus proud!

Friday, January 13, 2012

T-Shirt contest!

We are excited to announce that we are  now in the process of having the first Dixie Belle's merchandise available for purchase!


I can't tell you how many people have come up to me lately asking to buy a Dixie Belle's t-shirt, stickers, etc.
So, you asked for it, you got it!

To make it fun, though, we are going to do this a little differently!
We will have a contest!

We will be accepting slogan/catch phrase ideas on our Facebook page!  
You know, something cute and catchy that would be great on the back of a t-shirt.

One idea would be something like "Get your cupcake on!"
(Okay, something better than that!  This is why I need your input!)

Please just keep it clean, this is a family business!*
(*Here is the fine print: I reserve the right to delete any suggestions that are inappropriate!)

Once we get the ideas flowing, we ask that you go and vote for your favorite!  After a few weeks we will determine the winner.

The winner who submits the best slogan will get the first Dixie Belle's t-shirt, as well as 2 dozen cupcakes of their choice delivered to them! 
You can't beat that!

Now, get your thinking caps on and bring on the ideas!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!



Monday, January 9, 2012

It's a FEASTival!

What could be better than driving along and finding one of the many Nashville food trucks?

Finding a BUNCH of the Nashville food trucks all in once place!

That's right! This coming Saturday you can take your pick from a large number of Nashville's food trucks, serving the absolute best food!

It is the Wanderland FEASTival!
It will be held at the corner of Rosa Parks and Jefferson Street, in Germantown.



The event is going to be the first of many, so you will want to stay tuned for further dates coming up!

It starts at 11am and will last until 9pm!  During that time there will be 2 shifts of trucks! So, you could come by for lunch and then come back later to get dinner from an entirely different fleet of trucks!

We will be there 4-9pm, so make sure to get out and see us!  We will have a great menu, with a variety of yummy treats to suit everyone's taste!

It just doesn't get any better than this!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Banana Sundae!

Remember when you were a kid, when the little things just made your day?

Like having to go to the dentist, but knowing that you would get a treat afterward made it totally worthwhile!

Then there were Sundays... You may not get to go out to lunch, but occasionally mom and dad would take you for an afternoon sundae?

Well, after talking with a customer the other day, I got to thinking about the things that "take me back to my childhood..." and it was these memories that helped me to create our newest flavor.

This one is called "Banana Sundae".


It has all the good things that remind you of those childhood "treats"!

It is a moist banana cupcake, with a caramel infused buttercream frosting.  It is topped with 2 types of sprinkles and shaved Hershey's chocolate.
I can even be talked into adding chocolate or caramel syrup if it suits your fancy! 

You are gonna feel like a big kid with this one!

Happy New Year!


I hope everyone had a very blessed Christmas!
I know we did.  Everyone was (mostly) healthy and had a great time among our friends and family.

We are now fully back into the swing of life.  Kids are back in school, everyone is back to work.

I am very excited about what the new year is going to bring.  2012 is looking very promising!

I look forward to all the new faces we will see, people we will meet, and the opportunity to serve you all!

We will also be bringing some new flavors around in the coming days and weeks, you will NOT want to miss!

As always, I am here to please so I welcome your ideas, suggestions, and requests.

In the fall I received a request for hot tea as an option to accompany the cupcakes.  What an awesome idea that was!  Immediately after, we began offering a variety of hot teas and it has been a HUGE HIT! 
I have to admit that many days, especially when it is cold like this, when you approach the van you will probably see me sipping on some hot tea myself!

As hard as it is to believe, we are now encroaching on our next holiday.

Yep, Valentine's Day will be here before you know it!  So, start planning ahead now.  Don't be the one at the office that is left scrambling the day of to do something special for your loved one!
Remember to get your orders in a few days ahead and I can deliver them to you (or surprise her at the office!)

Whew!  So much to say, so much to do.  Still can't believe we are already into January.  That is all for now, but stay tuned.
The first of our new flavors will be posted soon!