Bracing the cold February air, Elites came out to Copper Cupcake for a fun filled night of all things sugary and sweet at Yelp Elite: Salute Your Sweets! There was plenty of hot cider, wine and treats from Copper Cupcake to kick off our sugar rushes: whoopie pies, oatmeal cranberry with coconut cookies, fudgy chocolate brownies, snickerdoodle cookies were just a few of the scrumptious eats – and best of all was their bourbon caramel sauce to drizze on all of it!
Yelp Elites split up into two camps to rotate through the Salute Your Sweets activities. Copper Cupcake's "Delciousness Maker" Shannon Loucks shared her secrets with us on the art of making vanilla buttercream frosting and after making our own, we decorated them to our hearts content. Kathy V marveled at using "real vanilla. I'd only ever seen it handled on Food Network!" Matt R's highlight was "seeing the underbelly of the bakery. Copper Cupcake is a tightly-run ship. They make a lot of seasonal items, depending on what's available
locally. If you try to flavor with extracts,
that will earn you a roundhouse punch to the face. And don't try putting
shortening in that icing." It melts at a higher temp than butter and leaves that unfortunate sticky coating in your mouth, which is why Shannon uses the real deal instead!
Copper Cupcake's Joe Loucks schooled us on chocolate and foodie knowledge, leading a whirlwind game of trivia with interactive components too. Amanda J thought "questions were very interesting and he even had edible props like nibs," which are bits of raw cacaco beans that have been roasted. "It was a close game, but we came out on top. Woot woot!" Jessica L was psyched to get "some awesome Yelp undies to show for it!"
Thanks again to all the Elites who came out and had a blast with us at Yelp Elite: Salute Your Sweets. Also, thanks go out to Joe, Shannon and the wonderful staff at Copper Cupcake! This sugar rush isn't going away anytime soon thanks to you guys and we know where to find you to get our next fix…especially since everyone left with a suh-weet gift certificate for a cupcake. Check out the rest of the photos on our Flickr page and special thanks to Kate Hentrup for the lovely photography!
Until next time,