Thursday, July 28, 2011
THE WILD CUPCAKE -- NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Since my 1993 entry into New Bern, this Yankee has been watching a sleepy Southern town slowly -- ever so slowly -- rub its eyes and begin its timid entry into 21st century gastronomy. Upscale grocers emerged and were followed by farm-to-table restaurants. Grass-fed beef and lamb and free range poultry became available at our local Farmer's Market. And now, the latest newcomer is The Wild Cupcake.
Nicole, the owner of The Wild Cupcake, sells via the Farmer's Market and her website, and her cupcakes are anything but dull. Flavors like S'Mores, Blueberries and Cream, Rose Cakes, Fillin' Nutty, Aloha Coconut, PB&J and Cha Cha Cherry are just a small sampling of the many creative concoctions that leave her kitchen on a regular basis. While most bakeries are just glorified versions of the Wal-Mart Bakery Department, The Wild Cupcake is truly different and unique.
Judging from the line of fans keeping Nicole busy nowadays, I am guessing that The Wild Cupcake will be a New Bern favorite for years to come.
You can visit The Wild Cupcake at the New Bern Farmer's Market, Saturdays, 8AM - 2 PM, or at The Wild Cupcake website.
October, 2012 update: Nicole has won Food Network's Cupcake Wars with rave reviews from the judges. Way to go, Nicole! New Bern is proud of you.