Monday, December 1, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Please share your 2014 photos!

Do you have any pictures to share with us? We would love to see them! Send us your photos to or share with us on Facebook. We are also on Instagram #cupcakecampcharleston

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SURVEY TIME! Please answer so we can improve for next time

Hello, attendees!
It's SURVEY TIME! Please answer our survey to so we can improve for the next time!

1. What did you enjoy most about Cupcake Camp Charleston?
2. What did you enjoy least?
3. What do you think should have been done?
4. How can we make it easier for next time?
5. Was there anything we forgot to do?
6. Would you consider coming to the next Cupcake Camp Charleston again? If no, why not?
8. Do you have any ideas/suggestions?


Friday, November 14, 2014

Meet Our Third Judge for Cupcake Camp Charleston, Tina Russo-Kinney

Born and raised in New England, Tina Russo-Kinney was two when she used to sit under the Willow tree in the backyard for hours, making mud pies and telling stories to the neighborhood dog, Pokey.

Fast forward to adulthood and Tina became a writer (a storyteller if you will) with a focus on writing about animals, and of course, a pastry chef.

Her passion for baking dates back several generation when her great-great grandparents boarded a ship from Sicily, Italy to America. Though the original bakery did not survive the Great Depression, Tina set out to rebuild the family dream. Though she loves making traditional Italian pastries, her true passion comes in the form of pies.

When Tina is not baking at Mudd Pie Girl Bakery, she is editing her first novel, The Princess of the Underground Railroad, set in Charleston during the Civil War. Some of her other writing has appeared in Just Labs Magazine, Carolina Bark, and My Petz Magazine. She also enjoys spending time with her family, including her father, inventor of the Hot Rod Helicopter, Bob Kinney, and her nephews.

Tina lives in Charleston with her 5 large rescue dogs, Baker, Diesel, (Mossy) Oak, Tremor, and Buddy; two rescue cats, Ray and Isis, Hulk the rescue iguana, and her fiancé, Sgt. Bill Coash of the USMC. They are expecting their first child in February 2015.

For more information, please visit

Meet Another Judge for Cupcake Camp Charleston: Darius King of King's Cakes and Confections

I was born and raised in Charleston, SC and have 9 years experience in the baking world.  At 17, I started out as a cake decorator at a local grocery store and was so inspired by what could be done in the world of baking that I took it to the next level and decided to study it further as I entered into college.
In 2012, I graduated from the Culinary Institute of Charleston with an Advanced Certificate in baking and pastry and an Associate's Degree in Applied Science: Baking and Pastry. Currently, I work as a pastry cook at Magnolia's restaurant on Eastbay Street in downtown Charleston and as a baker for Miltary Deli/Bakery Services on the Charleston Air Force Base. I also run my own start up business known as King’s Cakes and Confections in my spare time.

In my off time, I am just a regular guy. I'm family oriented and would move mountains for my friends. That’s me in a nutshell.

For more information, visit King's Cakes and Confections

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Meet Kinsey, Cupcake Camp Judge

Kinsey Gidick is the managing editor at Charleston City Paper where she handles the Cuisine section, Eat blog, and any food-related topics.

We are excited to have her be a part of Camp!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hummingbird Cake Beer On Tap!

Holy City Brewing will have a special Hummingbird Cake Beer on tap just for Cupcake Camp Charleston! Drink up!!


3 DAYS LEFT! Hump Day Stats! 19 Volunteers, 25 Bakers, 1018 Facebook Likes, 949 Twitter followers, 33 Sponsors, 404 Attendees!

33rd Sponsor! The Camera Queen is offering a Door Prize!

We have a 33rd Sponsor! Thank you, The Camera Queen for the door prize! Make sure you guys sign up at the Sponsor Table for a chance to win!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Parking this Saturday

FYI: parking is available on Holy City Brewing Property all the way in the grass back lot. Once that is filled, you may park in front of graphics shop that hasn't opened yet, Concentra Urgent Care, Palmetto Collision, and at Stone Hands. NO PARKING at Honda/Ducati shop. You may be towed if you park there.

Tables ?

Does anyone have any long or folding tables we can borrow for the event? Please bring them (with your name on them) at 2 pm. Thank you! 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thank you Holy City as gracious Host!

Thank you, Holy City Brewing for being a great host!! Bakers, they have a gift for your participation! Please check your emails.

May the Force be with us all!

I'm using these molds as pat of next weekend's baking mayhem! May the Force be with us all! :)

Friday, November 7, 2014

1000 Likes on Facebook

We reached 1000 Likes on Facebook!! Yay!! We feel the love, Charleston!! Thank you so much!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014


MONDAY STATS: 986 Likes, 946 Tweeters, 306 attendees, 31 Sponsors, 19 Bakers and 8 Volunteers!

We still need Bakers!

Please retweet or repost and text all your friends this message: Do you know of any bakers who are available to help? We are at our lowest number this year. :( Please register under  Bakers tab 

Minimum is 24 cupcakes but at this point we will take any amount! For bakers entering the competition, see Contest tab, minimum is 72, etc. 

Thank you!!!

Thank you, Bark & Meow for your support!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review for One of this Year's Prizes: New York Baking Company Silicone Baking Cups

I was asked to review one of this year's prizes, the silicone baking cups by Rizzi from The New York Baking Company, and while some of them stuck to the cups, I was impressed by how easy they were to peel off and work with. I love the fun colors, and I know they will be a hit at house parties and holiday gatherings as great conversation pieces. For Cupcake Camp Charleston, I'm not sure they would do well because I fear that people would walk away with the liners or throw them away not knowing they are recyclable. I was thinking of putting paper liners inside the silicone cups, but (1) they were too snug and (2) it would completely oppose the efforts to benefit the environment. Perhaps a solution would be to sell them in bulk and not just in a 24-piece package. They're pretty affordable and easy to store. 

I hope you guys are excited to receive this as a prize because I know I will be using them time and time again. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014 Charity is Darkness to Light

Here at Cupcake Camp Charleston we believe in giving back to the community by supporting local charities. Each year as our camp locations change, we also like to be fair and change to different charities as we raise awareness and help each other. This year's charity is Darkness to Light.  Darkness to Light is a national non-profit based in Charleston, SC and dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse.  Their mission is to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Help end child sexual abuse. Visit to find out how. Like Darkness to Light on Facebook to spread awareness and education. If you would like to donate, visit under Help Support Us tab. 




Tuesday stats! 936 Likes, 926 Tweeters, 129 attendees and 21 Sponsors, 9 Bakers and 1 Volunteer!! Sign up on under Bakers or Volunteers Thanks for your support!



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

13 Sponsors So Far!

Hi, there! We have a new and creative Sponsor upon us! Lockout/Tagout will be performing for us at Camp!  So bake, boogie, and brew with us! There are 13 Sponsors so far!!

It doesn't take much to help! Here are the items needed this year:

1000 9 inch paper plates
1000 plastic forks
1000 napkins
9 table clothes (fall colors)
Signs (for parking, arrows, etc. to point towards Cupcake Camp Charleston)

Prizes (for our 3 winners):
Gift Certificates
Gift Cards
Movie Passes
Cook Books
Baking Supplies
Concert Tickets
Cooking/Baking Lessons
Car Washes
Spa Treatments
Restaurant Gift Cards
Lawn Services
(We'll take anything you're willing to donate!!)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Contest Changes

Hello, Bakers! 
We've upped the ante a little bit and made some changes to our Contest this year. We're quite excited about it and hope you will be, too! The prizes will be just as amazing and worth your bake-offs!

Our first change is creating a new special category that syncs with our Holy City Brewing location with the BYOB (Bring Your Own Brew) Cupcake. This category will be judged on the best use of beer in your ingredients.  Please remember to bring 3 cupcakes per judge.

The second change is the slight increase of cupcakes needed for competition. All competing bakers who bring 72 cupcakes are permitted to enter in one category of the competition. Bakers who bring 144 or more are permitted to enter two categories of the competition. Bakers who bring 240 or more cupcakes, you are permitted to enter all three categories.
1:72, 2:144, 3:240 or greater  = win, win, win! Remember, it's ALL for charity and we thank you in advance!

Lastly, we are removing Amateur/Professional categories and will have you bake it out to the top 3 for 2014. Eep! It's fierce and we know you will all have fun! 

Registration forms will be available online soon.  Tell all your baking buddies and feel free to share this post!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday!  We are looking for Sponsors again! If you would like to be a part of Camp 2014, please take a look at our Sponsor section and email us. It's pretty easy to Sponsor, trust us. We are welcome to your ideas for sponsorship ideas, too. Thank you in advance!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Holy City, Batman!

 Guess what, Buttercups?! Our next location for Camp is Holy City Brewing!! Date TBA early November 2014. HCB will be our wonderful host and they didn't even wait five minutes to say they were in, all in for cupcakes!! There will be a new contest twist and it may involve beer pairings so be on the lookout, bakers! We are also looking forward to giving back to the community with a local charity (TBD). It's on like Donkey Kong!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend!

Hello, friends! It's that time again. We've gone through some personal changes and it's all good but has kept us busy from posting for awhile and we apologize for being silent. We are in the middle of looking for a 2014 Venue and narrowing down on choosing a local charity. Thanks for patience and keep checking back in!

Sponsors Needed

New Poster 2021

 New Poster is out! Thanks to Hazel Rider for her help!