JavaCupcake Note: This is the eighth post in a series titled, “Ask the Baker” featuring interviews with bakers and bakery owners!
Please introduce yourself. Tell us a little bit about what you do in the cupcake world and how/when you got started.
My name is Jamie, I operate the site mybakingaddiction.com. My blog started on a whim almost two years ago when I was suffering from summer boredom. I teach school full time, so I have the summers off and I am usually going a little stir crazy by mid-July. Within in the past couple of years, I have watched my blog grow and have enjoyed every minute of it. I adore my readers and always get so excited to read their comments, opinions and ideas.
I love being in the kitchen cooking and baking delicious recipes for my friends and family. Since starting my blog, I have ignited my passion for photography…especially of food. I love being behind the camera and trying new techniques in an effort to perfect my skills and take my photos to another level. I dream of baking and photographing for a living…hopefully one day it will turn into a reality!
If you want to connect with me, you can check out my blog at www.mybakingaddiction.com
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Bakery Start-Up Questions
What was the biggest challenge in starting your bakery/baking business?
I do not own a bakery at this time, but it is definitely a dream of mine.
Recipe/Ingredients & Baking Questions
What do you consider to be the perfect cupcake? What flavors and textures would it have?
I adore Dorie Greenspan’s Perfect Party Cake recipe for cupcakes. If has an amazing texture and crumb. Top it off with delicious lemon buttercream and I am in heaven!
How many times do you have to “re-do” a recipe before you get it right?
It all depends on the recipe. I am pretty good at following an existing recipe, but if I am attempting to adapt or create an original recipe, it can take multiple attempts to get it right.
How much is made from scratch and how much is purchased pre-made?
I would say 90% of everything I bake is from scratch.
What is the recipe for a foolproof cupcake batter?
Just a perfect basic recipe that can be doctored with extras to suit any taste.
Where do you purchase all those fun different sprinkles you use to decorate your cupcakes with?
How do you get your cupcakes all the same size?
I use the OXO large cookie scoop to measure my batter.
What is the best cocoa to use?
I love me some Scharffen Berger Cocoa.
I love buttercream… what’s your favorite recipe for it?
My fave is featured on this blog post…the cupcakes are pretty amazing too! http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/guinness-cupcakes/
Did you always have a passion for baking?
Yes, my nana had me baking and cooking at a very early age.
What inspires you the most? Love of cupcakes or love of making things people enjoy?
I love cupcakes, but I find true pleasure in baking for people. Baking often evokes fond memories and I love hearing childhood stories from friends and family that involve food, smells, and flavors.
Where do you get new ideas for new cupcake and icing flavors?
I get inspiration from everywhere!
What’s your favorite part of cupcakes?
The frosting…definitely the frosting!
How can you be around all that yummy and not eat it all up?
I always take a taste…everything in moderation is key!
Would you bake me a cupcake that wouldn’t make me gain any weight please?
LOL, I would love to develop this product, I’d me rich! You’ll be the first to know if it ever happens!
Do you ever get tired of the site or smell of cupcakes?
Yes, if I have a ton of them to do for an order or an event…I get cupcaked out!
Can I live in your kitchen and be your personal taste tester?
You sure can, I can set up a futon next to my oven!
All photos courtesy of My Baking Addiction.