Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Modern Cupcake: Meet Jill {Exclusive Interview & Reader Discount!}

Several months ago I was introduced to Jill of Modern Cupcake via Kim of The TomKat Studio. She has launched an online cupcake boutique, and I am thrilled to share with you a wonderful interview I recently conducted with her. The photos are making me want to fly to Arizona for some of her cupcakes right about now--simply beautiful!

{Question} How did you come to decide to launch Modern Cupcake?

I'm an Interior Designer & have owned my own design business for 6+ years. The economy began to impact my design business and so I made the decision to try something new! I have an appreciation for truly good food & a passion for cooking/baking! I saw there was a need for fresh..sweet..delish cupcakes in the East Valley and so Modern Cupcake was born!

{Question} Please tell us a bit about how you got started,  and you got your business off the ground!

I began sharing my idea with friends/family & then before I knew it, people started to place orders! A beautiful & fabulous tasting product, word-of-mouth & Facebook have been the driving forces behind Modern Cupcake.

{Question} What is Modern Cupcake? What are your top-selling treats, and who can purchase your yummy delights?

Modern Cupcake is a web-based boutique cupcakery. We pride ourselves in baking perfectly scrumptious cupcakes! We are local which means Phoenix/Scottsdale & surrounding areas can purchase Modern cupcakes at this time. All of our cupcakes are delivered. We offer complimentary delivery to Chandler/Gilbert.

Our top-selling cupcakes are our Lemon/Raspberry with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing, Red Velvets & our Chocolate Velvet with Cream Cheese Icing!

{Question} What are your goals for Modern Cupcake in 2011?

Our 2011 goal for Modern Cupcake is to began shipping nationally! We've had dozens of inquiries re: shipping.

{Question} Let's Get To Know You! Please tell us your favorite cupcake flavor, favorite frosting, a memorable order you fulfilled since the launch of your business, and your favorite hobbies and personal style, outside of your business!

-While all of our cupcakes taste divine... I'd have to say it's a toss up between our Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Icing & our Mayan Chocolate with Cinnamon Buttercream Icing!

-A memorable order...hmmm...well...I have several but this one quickly comes to mind. A client had ordered some Lemon/Raspberry for a birthday celebration at a local restaurant. Come to find out, the chef (celebrity chef) joined them at their table and ate a Modern Cupcake. His response to the Modern Cupcake was "compliments to the pastry chef". Coming from that chef...I had a skip in my step & a smile on my face for an entire week!

-About Me: Anyone that knows me, knows that I {LOVE} to travel!!! I {LOVE} the French language and strive to speak it fluently one day. I {LOVE} to photograph architecture & nature. I've been known to pick up a paint brush here & there...contemporary art & acrylics are my fav. I {LOVE} wearing red shoes & doses of animal print. I secretly have a stationery & invitation's no longer a secret!

{Question} For the DIY moms at home....any tips to make their cupcakes picture-perfect?

I prefer to use brown liners for all of our cupcakes. It gives them a more uniform look. When baking, be sure to not overmix the batter & let the cupcakes cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before placing them on a cooling rack. Depending on when you consume your tasty treats, store your cupcakes at room temperature in an air tight container or freeze. Never refrigerate!

Many, many thanks Jill, for this lovely interview!!!!! A special thank you to Mary Lessig for your fabulous photography!

And now, Jill is offering a very special reader discount!!!!!!  For those who reside in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, Modern Cupcake is offering a 10% discount on orders of 2 dozen cupcakes or more. Please mention {Kate Landers} when placing your order. Our discount will expire exactly 1 month from the date of this feature. Happy ordering!

You can find Modern Cupcake on facebook here and her website here.


Katie said...

So beautiful....I wish I lived in Arizona

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

Jill is an absolute doll! So glad you featured her! Oh, and her red velvets are INCREDIBLE!

Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

Hhhhmmm...lemon/raspberry with lemon cream cheese filling! Sounds heavenly. Thanks for a great interview.

dolcedrive said...

I love Jill. I am still craving a cupcake myself!!!! If you decide to fly to Arizona before she starts shipping... I am going with you! Great post!

xoxo, Andrea