Friends and cupcakes.  They kind of go hand in hand, don’t they?  Save for the sometimes necessary single girl cupcake binges, I rarely eat cupcakes alone.  Cupcakes are a great way to make and keep friends, while great friends provide a good excuse to make cupcakes.  See how this works?

Like this girl.  I don’t often make friends with children since they kind of freak me out.  What, with their constant staring, uncanny ability to repeat every bad word that comes out of my potty mouth, and ineptitude at hiding their feelings.   But since I’m always the girl with the cupcakes, kids usually want to make friends with me.  This little chica (with her hot pink dress and matching manicure) told me she wants to be a “cupcake maker” when she grows up.  Since I too dream of spreading joy through pastry, we bonded.

Besides a mutual love of handheld desserts, we were both celebrating our soon to be wed friends B & W.  B requested these mexican chocolate cupcakes and almond strawberry cupcakes as a practice run for the wedding which I am so delighted to be baking for soon.

See, it all come full circle: friends beget cupcakes, cupcakes beget friends. They really do go hand in hand.  Well, actually ones goes in the other’s hand but let’s not get too technical, cupcakes are supposed to be fun after all…

 

Hope to see you at New Taste Market this Saturday, April 2nd from 4-9pm at St Gregory’s In Potrero Hill.  Same Bat Place, different Bat Time!  I won’t be bringing cupcakes but there will be whoopie pies…a new and exciting iteration of handheld desserts for us to bond over!  I was pleasantly surprised to sell out pretty quickly at last month’s market so I’ll be bringing more this time…Chocolate Salty Caramel, Lemon with Ginger cream cheese, S’mores, and an as yet undecided fourth flavor sure to illicit quizzical looks with a strong undercurrent of desire.

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I’m starting to collect an impressive number of whoopie pie jokes.  Whoopie pies are kind of my bread and butter.  Although, as a baker, the phrase should probably be sugar and butter since that combo is much more prevalent in my daily diet…but that’s a post for a different day.  And frankly, I need to save my good blog ideas since apparently I only get motivated to write on this bad boy when a New Taste Market rolls around and I realize in terror that New Taste’s impressive marketing efforts might lead someone to click through to my blog, hoping to find some pictures surrounded by as few words as possible.

In an effort to deliver what the public demands, I leave you with a few pictures from the last New Taste I did back in December and a request that, in return you come check out my Table O’ Whoopie Pies this Saturday, March 12th from 12-5 at St. Gregory’s in Potrero Hill. I’ll be there, joined by 30 of my closest friends* who are spending this week preparing to feed you.  Now doesn’t that make you feel special?!  So come on, let’s eat.

 

By-the-by, this week’s whoopie pies will be Chocolate Salty Peanut Butter, Cardamom Pistachio Rose Water, and Pumpkin Cream Cheese…there may be others if I get ambitious.

*I mean a bunch of food people that I don’t know at all but hope to become besties with.

Getting ready for New Taste Marketplace this weekend has been a fun motivation to actually write on this blog and figure out how to make more out of my hobby.  I’ve been linked to SFGate and NewTaste, so suddenly realized that someone might actually read this.  I decided to add a few photos in hopes that showing you pictures of sugary things are almost as sure to make you like me as actually feeding you.

I’m really bad at chronicling my baked goods but here are a few I dug up, posted with the promise of more and better pictures to come…

 

 

 

 

For New Taste I’ll be churning out Classic Hot Fudge Sauce (made with organic dairy and chocolate), Organic Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Vegan Lemon Ginger Cupcakes, and ChocolaTea cookies (chocolate/early grey shortbreads).  Come to St. Gregory’s this Saturday, December 18th between 4pm and 9pm to eat, drink and merrily avoid the madness that is the last weekend before Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Hope to see you at New Taste Marketplace!

When: Sat., Dec. 18, 4-9 p.m.

Where: St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 DeHaro (at Mariposa)

Cost: Sliding scale of up to $10 for admission; bring extra cash for food

Three Little Birds Bakery is currently under construction so please check back soon- we’ll have a menu, price list, order and delivery information, and most important: really delicious photographs.

If you just can’t wait (and I don’t blame you), feel free to email questions or orders to 3LittleBirdsBakery@gmail.com.