Sunday, December 30, 2007

jan. 5, 2008!

welcome in the new year with some delicious cupcakes!

this week:

white chocolate cake with raspberry cream filling and white chocolate buttercream
lemon cake with cream cheese frosting
faux hostess (v)
chai tea with cardamom buttercream (v)
mexican hot chocolate

from noon until 6 @ letterbox: 2741 hennepin ave s. minneapolis.

as always: sharyn is the bomb for the photos!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

dec. 29

blood orange with champagne buttercream
me making a weird face at the fabulous sharyn who takes all the amazing photos!
vegan red velvet
not at all vegan zach of letterbox fame.

the last cupcake saturday of 2007! let's make it a great one!

red velvet (v)
mexican hot chocolate
chocolate malt
blood orange with champagne buttercream
pineapple upside down (cup)cake

2741 Hennepin Ave S
from 12 pm - 6pm (or until they are gone!)

hope to see you there! new years cupcakes, how can you go wrong?


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

saturday december 21

cranberry orange with cinnamon clove buttercream: thank you to greg schaal for the photo!!

get your holiday cupcakes this saturday!

carrot cake (v)
almond chocolate coconut (like an almond joy) (v)
peppermint vanilla
black forest
cranberry orange with clove cinnamon buttercream
LBX signature (dark chocolate orange)

from noon - 6 @ Letterbox: 2741 Hennepin Ave.

hope to see you there! and have a great holiday!


Saturday, December 15, 2007

cupcakes 12/15 & an excellent link!

today @ LBX!

mexican hot chocolate
german chocolate (v)
chocolate orange
gingerbread with lemon buttercream

and the fabulous sharyn came over yesterday and took AMAZING photos! check it out!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

dec 8th in cupcakes!

this week!

peanut butter and jelly
pumpkin chocolate
black forest
cranberry orange with cinnamon clove buttercream (v)
lemon meringue
vanilla on vanilla

from 12-6 @ letterbox! 2741 hennepin ave minneapolis

dec 8th, 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

a few kind words

Crazy for cupcakes

With or without the fall rain, I knew I was in for a Saturday delight. It was just past noon and I was on my way to Letterbox, an Uptown stationery and home d├ęcor shop, for Cupcake Saturday and I had planned accordingly — I tactfully harvested what felt like a week's worth of hunger for the brainchild of local celebrity baker, Sheela Namakkal: Miel y Leche cupcakes.

I arrived just as a group of smiling guests were exiting and gleefully peeling the wrapper from the little bakery bite. Now my senses were aroused and my appetite had married my sweet tooth, both begging for sugary confections. Not only could I smell the reason why people were leaving with radiating smiles but I could tell some of the people were regulars, asking, "What do you have for us today?"

Tucked into the front corner of the store, Namakkal was simultaneously reciting the five different flavors and boxing the art-for-food, round-topped cakes. The chef-gone-baker was busy serving mouth-watering buyers pumpkin, butterscotch, and Namakkal's favorite — Mexican hot chocolate. Made with cornmeal, the sweet and spicy dessert is meant to imitate the unrefined texture of real Mexican hot chocolate. For only $3 a pop, you're guaranteed a homemade indulgence.

Finally, it was my turn to taste. Staring up at me from their cake stands were thickly whipped frostings in butter cream and chocolate ganache, chow mien noodle toppings coated in butterscotch, and for the Halloween holiday, sugary marshmallows. I had a hard time deciding which cupcake would tickle my buds, but I chose a pumpkin one, nicknamed Jack-O-Lantern, crowned with a candy corn pumpkin for good measure.

Be aware, if you're stopping in any other day of the week, you won't find cupcakes. Namakkal and Letterbox owners Kimberly Yurkiewicz and Zach Barocas partner up only for a few hours of cupcake chaos on Saturdays. She starts baking Friday afternoons until just before dawn Saturday morning before unveiling her little darlings for business at noon. Get there early for the first pick of the sweet delicacies.

2741 Hennepin Ave. S.
Saturdays, noon–6 p.m., or until the cupcakes run out

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

star stuck

okay i sound like a gushy girl, but i got to hang out a bit with anthony bourdain last night and MAN. he is gracious and nice and hilarious. it is really nice to meet someone you admire and not have them be a total ass.


Monday, November 26, 2007

dec. 1

a wacky array of cupcakes!

chocolate curry with coconut lemongrass buttercream
apple cider (v)
tres leches with honey buttercream
banana cream pie
yellow cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting.

from noon til 6 @ lbx: 2741 hennepin ave, minneapolis

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

it's holiday cupcake time!

this saturday @ lbx:

eggnog with bourbon buttercream
snowball (chocolate with marshmellow cream, coconut buttercream)
candycane (vanilla cupcakes with vanilla pepermint swirl buttercream)
carrot cake (v)
limoncello with meyer lemon curd and cream cheese frosting
poached pear with brown sugar buttercream

from noon til they are gone!

again, sharyn is the best for the photos!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

nov. 17

nov.17: it's a best of!

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (vegan and gluten free)
chai with cardamom buttercream (v)
raspberry lemonade (adam, i will save one especially for you)
mexican hot chocolate
red velvet with cream cheese frosting

lbx: noon til 6.

also: i will be @ let's cook for their winter food market. same flavors will be there this week. from 10-2 in ne mpls.

and then off to nick and stephie's wedding with a GIANT CAKE! i hope they love it. i am pretty proud of it! there are hyrdrengias on the top now, hopefully i will get photos of it soon!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

in other news...

i am also doing pastry for a couple of coffee shops and a bar and grille in the twin cities.

in mpls: the beat in uptown minneapolis is carrying some cakes and tarts.

in saint paul: as of mid-nov.: i will be doing bars for nina's coffee house.

also: i will have another write up in decemember in the skyway journal. very exciting!

Saturday, November 3, 2007


it's all chocolate: all the time!

cupcakes for lbx on nov. 10.

chocolate honey
chocolate chip cookie
chocolate mint
chocolate malt
chocolate with vanilla buttercream filling, chocolate ganashe (v)
black forest

from noon until they are gone!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

this week!

@ lbx! 2741 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis

gingerbread lemon
pumpkin cream cheese (vegan!)
peanut butter chocolate
vanilla on vanilla
yellow with dark chocolate

from noon til they are gone!


again: thank you to sharyn for the amazing photos! she is hired!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

halloween cupcakes!

here is the list for this week!

dark chocolate zombie cakes!
vegan chocolate with cream filling and skulls!
mexican hot chocolate with spooky peeps!
butterscotch haystacks with bats!
pumpkin white chocolate!

that is a lot of excited punctuation.

letterbox: 2741 hennepin avenue
minneapolis, mn

from noon till they are gone!

here are some photos of me and cupcakes: thanks sharyn!

Monday, October 15, 2007

this week in cupcakes!


carmel apple
pumpkin with cream cheese frosting
chai with cardamom buttercream (vegan!)
chocolate chip cookie
maple cranberry with brown sugar pecan buttercream

@ letterbox! 2741 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis. noon til they are gone! i suggest getting there early: they have been selling out within a couple of hours in the past few weeks.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

so much stuff!


okay: so i now have a website: it is it has a bunch of sample menus and ideas for party goodies!

also: the amazing dara moskowitz grumdahl was too too kind to me, and wrote about my cupcakes in the city pages! you can read it here at:

also: please check out the best stationer in the twin cities, if not in the world: letterbox! i can't get out of there without spending at least $30, and i am so pleased that kimberly and zach have given me the opportunity to sell my cakes there!!

there will be more soon! next week, october 20, will be letterbox's open house. starts at noon! many amazing holiday products from letterbox and autumn cupcake flavors will abound!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Cupcake Saturdays!

So i guess this is the first of many posts to come: so i better introduce myself.

i am sheela, known as the cupcake dealer. (you get the cupcakes free at first, but then you gots to pay for 'em!) i have a small catering company called miel y leche catering, here in saint paul, mn. i love all things food, and love to experiment in my kitchen. i also love getting ideas from other folks all over the world!

i thought this would also be a good spot to post the cupcakes that i do every week for Letterbox, an AMAZING shop in Minneapolis. cupcake saturday started about one month ago, and is a blast! these are the flavors done so far:

Dark Chocolate Orange (the letterbox signature!)
Tres Leches
Raspberry Lemonade
Blueberry Almond with Fresh Cream and Cherries
Rainier Cherry Almond with Rainier Cherry Mousse
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Key Lime with Coconut Buttercream
Black Russian
Chocolate with Peanut Butter Mousse

and there are many more to come! i will post pictures soon as well!


thank you to the beautiful malena for the photos!