SAVE THE DATE:  The third annual Cupcake Camp Akron will be held on April 11, 2015... more details later!  The second annual Cupcake Camp Akron is in the record books.  It was held on May 10th 2014 from 12 -2pm in the Parish Life Center at Queen of Heaven Church in Green, Ohio.  It was another awesome event where you got to come and eat your fill of cupcakes....and the best part is that it was all FREE!  This event joined with a world wide gathering of people who like to bake cupcakes and people who like to eat them.  See where Cupcake Camps have been  held in other major cities of the world.    www.cupcakecamp.org   You may be asking yourself, "self, this sounds too good to be true?"  Just click on the tab "How it Works" to get more facts about what the day was like. 
This year we again had hundreds of cupcake eaters who had their fill of thousands of cupcakes. Our celebrity judges, broadcaster Tracy Carloss, restaurateur Bob Scofield, and Green Fire Chief Jeff Funai,  were here to taste the entries and decided who took home with the title of "Best Tasting", "Most Unusual Ingredient", or "Best Decorated" cupcake.  There were categories for amateur as  well as professional bakers.  Dana Kocsis won Best Tasting Amateur Cupcake, with Almond Apple Pie, and Kerri Gleisinger of Kerri's Confections won both Best Tasting Professional Cupcake with Banana Split and the Professional Best Decorated with a Butterfly in a tea cup.  The Kolesar family were also winners, with Mary Pat winning Most Unique Ingredient Amateur with her Unbeetable Salty-Sweet Chocolate cupcake, and her granddaughter Sarah Kolesar won the Best Decorated Amateur with Under the Sea.  Rachel Bruce of Creative Cakes won both the Professional Most Unique Ingredients with Sweet Potato Pie cupcakes and the Scoutmaster's Best In Show award for her Desert Desserts cupcake, which featured handmade individual fondant succulents and cacti. The photographer is still getting the photos organized and we will get them up as soon as they are ready. Some have already  come and we will keep adding others.  Tracy Carloss aired a segment on her 6 & 11pm news broadcast on WEWS TV 5.  http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-summit/cupcake-camp-akron-raises-money-for-boy-scouts She is also blogging about Cupcake Camp on her Facebook Blog. The Mike Miller Band played some of our favorite classic rock & roll. There were four members of the band this year, and the lead singer was celebrating her 18th birthday.  The beauty of the Mike Miller Band is that Mike encourages talented youth to join and develop their musical skills to foster a life time of musical appreciation.
Scroll down to see some of the finalists and other entries from last year that will make your mouth water.  Cupcake Camps always have a charity that they are supporting and this year we again supported BSA Troop 334 who hosted this event.  Free will donations were accepted at the event, as well as sponsor donations that were made into raffle baskets.  The Boy Scouts were able to generate over $2300 in funds that will be used to buy equipment and pay for fees for their frequent camping trips.  Cupcake eaters won fantastic prizes, such as a one month family membership to Akron General LifeStyles, a one hour  massage by Sean Freeman, tickets to see the Akron Rubber Ducks, car washes from Splash & Dash, and special flower / dinner baskets for Mom for Mother's Day from Kern's & Figaro Farms.
REITER DAIRY once again helped to sponsor Cupcake Camp Akron as the official beverage!!




Brodie says, "I got cake; I need milk"









Each of our winning bakers were presented with one of these prestigious Cupcake Camp Akron chef's aprons that can be worn or displayed at their bakery. They also received some gifts from Akron General Medical Center.





"Desert Desserts"
Scoutmaster's Best in Show
Rachel Bruce of Creative Cakes



"Almond Apple Pie"
First place Best Tasting,  amateur division
Dana Kocsis       

"Banana Split"
 First Place Best Tasting, Professional Division
Kerri Gleisinger of Kerri's Confections




"Unbeetable Salty-Sweet Chocolate"
First Place Most Unusual Ingredient, Amateur Division
Mary Pat Kolesar 



"Sweet Potato Pie"
First Place Most Unusual Ingredient, Professional Division
Rachel Bruce of Creative Cakes


"Under the Sea"
Best Decorated, Amateur Division
Sarah Kolesar

"Butterfly"
Best Decorated, Professional Division
Kerri Gleisinger, Kerri's Confections


More photos of some of the yummy cupcakes that we all enjoyed at this awesome event are available in the "Photo" page!


MEET THIS YEARS BAKERS




Mary Hospodarsky was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. Her passion for all things food and baking was passed down by her mother who inspired her to think big and never give up. After trying several majors in college (including Microbiology, Military Intelligence, and Russian Language) Mary always came back to baking for stress relief, solace, and the happiness it enabled her to share with others. Finally, in 2006 she opened Sweet Mary's Bakery, Ltd. as an on-line custom bakery to share her passion for baking with the world (or at least the Greater Akron area!).We insist on making our products strictly from scratch with local, organic and all natural ingredients, and offer a wide variety of items including special occasion cakes, cookies, pies of all kinds, and yes, even chocolate truffles.

Mary Nicholis
Mary Nicholis is a pastry chef at The West Side Bakery of Green. She attended school at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, where she graduated in 2011 with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. When Mary isn’t baking she spends her time volunteering for several organizations, including Soroptimist  of  Canton / Stark County and the Akron Chapter DAR.


Rachel Bruce is owner of Creative Cakes. "My passion for cake decorating started when I was 10 years old and saw my cousins and their grandmother, Jan, decorating their birthday cakes together. Jan's basic cake decorating lessons, Wilton cake decorating courses, other friends, the internet, and much much practice has brought me to where I am now. I've been selling cakes for almost 10 years, jumping into wedding cakes about 6 years ago. Creating edible art is definitely more than a job for me, it is a passion!"
Coayne McDaniels established Rubber City Cupcakery in 2010 in Firestone Park area of Akron, Ohio as a home bakery using family recipes that have been passed down from generations. She's been inspired to bake since childhood, learning, watching and helping her mother, grandmother and great grandmother. And now my daughter Tiffany is joining the baking ranks at Rubber City Cupcakery helping to expand our menu items and marketing. Rubber City Cupcakery does events large and small from weddings, showers, corporate meetings, birthdays as well as donating to local charties such as Akron Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Autisim Rocks, Pay it forward Wedding and many more.
Renee Fraleigh of The Creative Cupcake Co began baking cupcakes out of her home kitchen for her friends and family.  Prior to starting her business, she graduated from the University of Akron and received her Bachelor's Degree in Middle Level Education and her Master's Degree in Instructional Technology.  Renee enjoyed baking on the side as she had a full time job as an 8th grade teacher-- another job she loved. In the spring of 2012, when she and her husband, Kevin, found out they were expecting in November, she made the decision to become a stay-at-home mom after having her baby and devote more time to her cupcake business as well.  Now, Renee, Kevin, and their daughter, Madison, enjoy trying all of the new creations Renee comes up with and watching her business grow!  She is based out of Green, Ohio and continues to bake out of her home kitchen.    




  Jean Covel  found that in November 2011 her fairy tale dream came true when she opened her cupcake bakery called "Cupcake Castle".   We have cupcake decorating daily and cater for all occasions.  When your special princess or prince  wants to host a birthday party fit for royalty, we can help.  The guests will be able to decorate their own cupcakes, and can even arrange for the visit of a costumed princess.  Our website is cupcakecastle.net We offer gourmet cupcakes in over 150 flavors.


My name is Briana Spurrell and I have enjoyed baking ever since I was little. I actually started baking in an Easy Bake Oven when I was 10yrs old. Now that I have gotten older I have learned to make many desserts from scratch. I like to take recipes and change them to make them my own, so that everything I produce is original. I did not go to culinary school everything I do is self-taught!

I started selling baked goods out of the home in 2010, and recently in June 2012 I opened a storefront which is located on the ground floor of the Belden Village Tower across from the mall and by Cici’s Pizza. My bakery is named "Honey Bees Sweet Treats"  Our website is www.honeybeesweettreats.com and we are also on Facebook. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Kelly Renick is the mother of Joe Cantwell,  Patrol Leader  BSA Troop 334.  

My favorite ingredients are less about their use or popularity, and more about their taste.  I am not a "foodie" by any means, I like to cook traditional comfort foods, and cupcakes are most definitely one of my comfort food go to deserts.  My favorite flavor combinations are chocolate and caramel, or chocolate and cherry.
If I could meet a Master Chef, it would be Chef Michael Symon.  I like that he is a fellow native Ohioan and describes his approach to food as "meat-centric".  I am a meat and potatoes kind of gal, and his cooking is right up my alley!
In my family I am known for my chocolate covered cherry cupcakes.  They smell so delicious while they are baking, that they often disappear off the cooling rack before they are even frosted. 
The first thing I ever baked was actually a microwave cake when I was 6 years old.  It wasn't too pretty,  but I decorated it, and proudly presented my first grade masterpiece to my Dad.  Bless his heart he actually ate it! 
I look forward to trying all of the different varieties at Cupcake Camp and picking up some new ideas.