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Vancity Vendor – C & C Cakery

November 4th, 2011 by Jeannine

 
Vancity Vendor: C & C Cakery

C + C = Courtney and Colin – bakers of extraordinary confections such as The Elvis cupcake (“a moist, banana chocolate chip cake with peanut butter frosting piled high and chocolate drizzle on top”), the churro cupcake, and even cookies inspired by each of the Hogwarts Houses. They throw tradition out the window and they love it! The cupcake bug bit them two years ago and since then they’ve got 26 unconventional flavours (and counting) under their belt.

C & C Cakery’s most popular items are their crazy cupcakes, followed by cookies and cakes. Courtney tells me they love sneaking in healthy ingredients into typically unhealthy foods, ingredients like dark chocolate, unsweetened applesauce, and whole grains. They also have a whole line of vegan cupcakes since one of the C’s (Courtney) is vegan, but they always love to work and experiment to create different recipes. In the works are an “Around the World of Cake” line, as well as a “United States of Cookies” line. Look forward to some vegan ice cream too, eventually!

One dozen cupcakes starts at $28.50 and a mini-cupcakes start at $12.50 per dozen but bulk discounts are always offered so it’s advisable to get a quote. Custom cookies start at $15/dozen and a standard buttercream cake starts at $35 – if you’re looking for fondant, look elsewhere because they tell me that fondant is not their thing. Since they are not full time bakers, they request that orders be in at least a couple months before the event.

C & C Cakery is known to be a part of charitable events. This month, they are helping raise awareness and funds by having the Movember Manly Cupcake Contest. They were also a part of Bake for the Quake, an event held last April that raised funds for the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief.

A Few Words With Courtney…

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“Since this is a love and a passion, not a full time job, we’re pretty flexible with our pricings. We usually charge just enough to cover our supplies and costs, and are usually pretty happy to work with those with a tight budget.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
C&C don’t do cute cupcakes. Nor are we vanilla/chocolate people. If that’s what you’re looking for, then we’re not the bakery for you. We do wicked flavour combinations with so many twists, they’ll make your head spin. We love nothing more than to work with a couple who is interested in unique and different tastes. And, because we’re giant nerds at heart, we also love to do themed weddings!”

What made you decide to specialize in unique baked goods?
How do you come up with ideas?

“Frankly, we were tired of seeing cutesy little vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with super-sweet icing slopped on top. Cupcakes have the ability to push the envelope, but that is rarely seen in the industry. Most of our ideas come from the charity events we frequent, the online recipe contests we enter, and The Flavour Bible, a book that should be in every baker’s pantry.”

Are you always looking to come out with new flavours? What’s your most interesting flavor & which is your favourite?
If we didn’t come out with new flavours, we would have gotten bored with all this pretty quickly! We come out with at least two new cupcake/cookie/cake flavours a month, if not more. So far, our most unique cupcake flavour is our Quebecois Cupcake, which is a chocolate cupcake with Trappist ale, Okacheese, and a cheesy ganache. Our Cthulhu Cupcake (a chocolate sauerkraut cake with peanut butter frosting) is a close second. Colin has two favourite cupcake – The Butter Tart (a brown sugar and raisin cupcake with browned butter icing and a butter tart baked in the centre) and The Captain Kirk (a neapolitan astronaut ice cream cupcake). Courtney’s favourite is anything vegan.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
The look on our customers faces when they first bite into one of our cupcakes and find that hint of cayenne or dash of poprocks. We also love doing charity events and developing a whole line of themed baked goods for them.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
Elope. Seriously, though, remember that this day is for you and your loved one. Don’t worry about that crazy mother-in-law.”

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Comments

  • February 9th, 2012 at 11:38 pm
    Jayson says:

    C&C cupcakes might be okay, but the rudeness, swearing & mocking of other countries traditions on thier website, was enough to turn me off ever trying them.

     

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