Wednesday, November 18, 2009

And the Winner is...

I know....Ive been M.I.A the past couple of weeks :(

We have been gearing up for the very quickly up-coming Holiday Season as well as planning for our family Thanksgiving. Thank you to everyone for all your patience :)


I would like to Congratulate Averie of Love Veggies and Yoga blog spot on being one of our lucky winners of The Left Over Queen's blog October giveaway! Thanks Averie for the Cute Pic!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Charlotte Sometimes

Jessica from the band Charlotte Sometimes is a fan of our aprons as we of her unique sound!


Check out Jessica in the video below from SHEtv wearing our
Cindy Apron in B&W Beauty

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Digital Pin Up Giveaway!

If you happen to be keen on Pin-Up art.....then boy do I have a giveaway to share with you!!

Bachelor Pad Magazine is sponsoring a digital print pin-up giveaway from AnnaCas that will be made in your likeness!

I happen to be a huge fan of AnnaCas's work for quite sometime. She has designed the cupcake Provocateur logo for my website and blog and I couldn't be happier!



Click Here to Enter


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Good Luck Guys & Dolls!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Leftover Queen October 2009 Foodie Blogroll Giveaways!

We are proud to be apart of the Leftover Queens Foodie Blogroll Giveaway for this month! Enter to win one of our Artisan Chef Aprons and our Cupcakes in a Jar mix!

Enter to win here

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A special thanks to Jenn for all her support :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Amartto Espresso Torte

Delectable rich espresso chocolate almond cake glazed with a dark chocolate amaretto ganache!

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To place your order in the NYC, Long Island areas please email me at: cynthia@cupcakeprovocateur.com

Friday, September 25, 2009

New Products for The Haute Hostess!

We here at Cupcake Provocateur have been expanding our product lines, from our signature cupcakes, aprons and accessories for all you Haute Hostesses out there. We are now happy to now introduce a few new lines from other designers as well. Today's feature products are a couture line of all natural beauty products by Margarita Bloom. They look & smell so good you'll want to eat them!
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Luscious Cupcake Soap
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Comes in a variety of flavors, like German Chocolate Cake & Strawberry Angel Cake!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Leftover Queen gives us a lesson on Pickling & Preserving

Ever wonder what to do with your leftovers? Well Jenn the creator of The Leftover Queen can teach you a thing or two on turning those leftovers from boring and Plain Jane into becoming exciting dishes for you and your family by using ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard. Plus with Jenn's Calabrese/Southern Italian background helps to gives her recipes that special Mediterranean rustic touch that I happen to love and so will you!

Recipe:
Pickling and Preserving: Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles and Pickled Peppers and Lifestyle Choices


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Jenn showing off her Pickling & Preserving skills with the assistance of her cute pup! Jenn is also modeling our Artisan Chef Apron in "Perfect Pear" Perhaps we should create a line of matching doggie bandannas.....hmmmmm!

Be on the look out next month on The Leftover Queen's Foodie Blogroll as we will be sponsoring one of Their October giveaways....yes I know I said this was the last giveaway for the year, however this is a blog that I read everyday and support....lucky you :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

*New* Kitchen Towel & Potholder Pin Ups for Men and Women!

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Introducing a New Line of Kitchen Towels and Potholders!

Featuring nostalgic Images of the 1940's & 50's with humorous quotes of "Housewifedom" and for the men, how beer will change the world!

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Many More on our website!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Get Go Retro

Get your Retro clothing Fix with Get Go Retro!

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I am a huge supporter of anyone that has a passion for the pin up eras, and Get Go Retro is right on point! They carry everything from clothing, accessories and even aprons for the Vintage Vixen in you!

You just can't go wrong with Get Go Retro!


"Get Go Retro is run by a mother daughter team Cathy Lynn and Caitlin, both admirers of the 50’s feminine and old Hollywood glam styles; so it seemed a natural fit to sell retro clothing. All items are selected with the express purpose of offering clothes that ultimately make a woman feel feminine and good about herself."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Interview With Frenchy of Kitten Koffin Zombies!

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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Frenchy who is the creator and designer of Kitten Koffin Zombies Pinup Contests which are held monthly through her website www.kittenkoffinzombies.com. KKZ has become quite popular within the Pinup/Rockabilly world and with due cause! Frenchy is an acclaimed graphic artist, designer/creator of the KKZ yearly Calendar and Retro Raven herself. This is a must read for any pinup gal that is interested in the "Hot Pursuit" of retro inspired modeling!


Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Kitten Koffin Zombies came to be?
Well, I'm a graphic designer by day and work on materials like posters, brochures, websites, logos, etc for industries such as builders/real estate, medical, business to businesses, etc. I also spend a lot of time at home doing home improvements, going to car shows, spending time with my husband and hanging out with my 4 crazy cats.

My inspiration behind Kitten Koffin Zombies really started with a senior how project I did for art school about 5 years ago. It could have been whatever you were interested in (that I could spend the whole semester without driving myself crazy.) I picked a subject that I have been enthralled with for many years, the retro pinups of the past. I produced a book called “Making Cheesecake” which I asked my sister-in-law (Sundae St. Laurent) to model for. It touched on the basic steps on how a modern day girl could transform into a retro pinup, I produced and shot all the photos for a mini calendar. After graduation, I got busy with life and the career I went to school for, and my love for pinup art got pushed to the back-burner. Then in October 2006, I felt like I had to do something to bring that creative need that I had in college back into my life. That is when I started Kitten Koffin Zombies. I wanted a release from my everyday job that I could share my fascination with others who enjoyed it as much as I do. I wanted something for others like me would enjoy and participate in. Pinups are just so important to this culture.

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January: Litsy Leopard
photographer: Meglomaniac Photography


I absolutely agree with you Frenchy... How do you think the role of pinup girl has changed from the 40’s & 50’s till today?
I think the pinup girl roll from yesterday and today hasn't changed. A pinup girl in my mind is a smart, confident, strong, beautiful (both inside and out) and an all around fun girl to be around. Pinup girls are the epitome of beauty. They are sweet, sexy, innocent, and mysterious all at the same time. They possess exotic good looks and shapely hourglass figures with pristine, radiant faces and fabulous hair.

They also do what they want  Its a statement to women that they can be themselves and enjoy it. If you have a love and interest in something, it is important to appreciate its past. By knowing its roots, you can grow and evolve by adding your own twist.

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February: Grace Black
photographer: Eyecon Photography


What are the required aspects of becoming a Kitten Koffin Girl?
Well, in terms of photo requirements, we look for the following guidelines but any girl can be a Kitten Koffin Girl as long as they portray confidence in their photos and have a respect and knowledge of the retro pinup culture. We also love girls of all sizes. Our calendar and contests are not about what size or shape you are but how comfortable you feel with yourself and that really shows through in the photos submitted into the contest. You don't need to be a size 0 to be a Kitten Koffin Girl!

1. Photo Quality
* Images need to be focused
* Photo backgrounds- should be cohesive and consistent in the same shot
* Setting- watch for elements not needed in photo (i.e. extension
cords,electronics)
* lighting- use some standard pin up lighting techniques
* Images should be less grainy
* Photos taken should not be unnaturally skewed by camera lenses

2. Picture Elements/composition
3. Props should incorporate elements of the 40¹s-50¹s
4. Hair makeup should be more retro inspired
5. Posing/facial expressions- should mimic the pin ups
of Vargas, etc.
6. Clothing should be retro inspired.


(These suggestions are a standard KKZ list. Please use this purely as a guideline for our website only. KKZ does not judge Photos or photographers, we are simply stating our standards for our calendar so that we deliver the Quality of Service to our patrons. KKZ Staff)

I will need from you the model app (available on the website and my myspace blog), photo permission form (also on the website/myspace blog), copy of your drivers license (you MUST be 18 at time of entering), brief bio and 6 photos max of retro pinup styling. This look is based on the 1940s to 1950s looks of Vargas artwork or style icons like Bettie Page, etc (see above list). You can also see some samples of the past winners in the Past Pinups section of the website to see the “look” and “style” I'm going for in the contest and review the above. Just putting on a corset doesn't cut it. You should have your hair and makeup retro styled as well as your surroundings. I’ve noticed that professional photos help in the contest but its not a must. If you do what to take your own photos, make sure they “look” professional. Oh yeah, and no t&a photos. Those photos will not be accepted.

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March: Julie
Photographer: Terribly Girly


How does the voting system work for a KKZ contest?
The voting system is pretty simple. Basically, a voter needs to create an account in order to vote on the site. Once they create their account, they will receive a confirmation email. They need to click on a link in the confirmation email to confirm their account. Once they do that, they can vote once every 24 hours in our system. Voters cannot vote more then once from the same ip and login and results are counted immediately.

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April: Debbie Dagger
Photographer: Lucky Pinup


Do you have any current projects you are working on at the moment?
I am actually working on putting together a car show and fashion show for Forrestal Village in Princeton NJ on October 10th-so make sure you go if your in the area! Also, the calendar is going into production soon so I have to wrap everything up and get it over to the printer. I am also working on updating the website and the myspace page for KKZ for next year's contest submissions. So much to do and so little time!

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May: Miss Mia
Photographer: Viva Van Story


What are your future ambitions for yourself and KKZ?
One of these days, we would love to put on pinup contests at events. We would love to get more products on the online store as well as become a bigger online resource for models, photographers and makeup artists in the pinup community. We would also love to start an online e-zine that would include articles on photographers, clothing companies, feature models and makeup tips. One of these days, we'll get there!

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June: Honey de Milo
Photographer: Julie K Photo


Well I think you are well on your way...What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment thus far?
I think the greatest accomplishment so far has been putting on the calendar pinup contests and having the calendar produced to give retro pinup models out there a chance to start somewhere or to further their career by gaining additional exposure in the industry. Its a great way to get your name out there and get noticed with companies as well as network with other photographers and makeup artists. We promote the calendar through many avenues and have gained some great exposure for both KKZ and the models in the calendar and contests.

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July: Bombshell Sarah
Photographer: Courtney Bell Photography


What advice do you have for all the rockabilly/pin up gals out there that are looking to become professional models?
I've actually been asked this a couple times from models. I would suggest researching your favorite pinup photographers and if you like their work, book a shoot. Some photographers don’t do tfp and even though this is a great way to inexpensively build your portfolio, its worth the money to pay! Some photographers will even do tfp if they know their photo of you will get additional exposure if it will be in a magazine, an online zine or if a clothing company will use it.

Also, do as much free shoots for clothing companies as you can while building up your portfolio. Some times, clothing companies will do trade for photos for the items you are modeling. Start small and build from there! Building your name in the industry is key so if you can have a website or myspace page, have one with your modeling portfolio, sizes and resume on there. Also, do link and banner exchanges with companies you like. Doing trade like this will draw more people to you. Get out there, go to events and enter pinup contests.

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August: Kari Lu
Photographer: Bombshell Betty Dance/Pinup


I see that you have a passion for helping our troops....Tell us a little about how KKZ has been helping and how others can get involved?
Yes, we have been sending calendars every year to troops overseas and we really enjoy getting letters from troops saying how much they appreciate it and how it makes their time there seem less intense. There are a lot of pinup companies that support troops so try to get involved no matter what! You can send care packages.

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September: Jenny Starr
Photographer: Varga Photography



Three words that best describe KKZ?
Sugary, sweet, and delicious

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October: Miss Brittany
Photographer: Candy Apple Photography


What is one thing that not many people know about you that you would like to share?
I actually have a passion for baking cupcakes!

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November: Miss Vicky M
Photographer: Ambitious Misfit Photography


Well that was a fabulous answer, which leads me to my next and very important question for all my cupcake lovers......what is your favorite type of cupcake?
I enjoy any type of cupcakes (you can’t beat little cakes that fit nicely in the palm of your hand and you can¹t eat just one!) but my favorite is red velvet with cream cheese icing. Yum yum!


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December: Miss Nicole
Photographer: Terribly Girly


Thank you so much for taking the time to interview with me, is there anything else you would like to share?
Just to make sure you keep an eye out for the 2010 Kitten Koffin Girl Calendar!


Thanks again Frenchy, you are a true professional!

Be sure to keep an eye out for the 2010 Kitten Koffin Zombie Calendar coming out out very soon! When you get you calendar be sure to look for our ad featuring the Sexy Asia DeVinyl!


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Model: Asia DeVinyl
Photographer: www.emlphotos.com


XOXO,
Cynthia L.



*If you are mentioned in this article and do not see your link, please email me at cynthia@cupcakeprovocateur.com*

Halloween is In the Air!

Halloween aprons now available and more coming this week!

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Model: Miss Edith - Photography: Loraine Ross

Monday, August 31, 2009

Orzo & Turkey Stuffed Tomatoes

Today was such a beautiful day...I could tell that Summer is drawing to a close when I felt the slight cool breeze touch my face as I picked what might be the last of my Summer tomatoes. Todays recipe is inspired by the end of Summer, the beginning of Fall and an overabundance of tomatoes from the garden. I love to hear feedback...feel free to try it out and tell me what you think!



Ingredients:

1 16 oz box of orzo
1-2 lbs. sweet or spicy turkey sausage removed from casing
10-12 beefsteak tomatoes
1 medium vidalia onion chopped
1 red sweet bell pepper chopped
2 cloves of garic minced
1/2 cup butter melted
3/4 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup sweet basil finely chopped
1/4 flat leaf parsley finely chopped

Set oven to 350. Thinly cut tops off of tomatoes. Scoop out pulp leaving 1/4- 1/2 in. thick shell reserving 1/4 cup pulp for mixture. Invert tomatoes onto a paper towel lined cookie sheet. Cook orzo according to package directions. Melt butter in a med. sauce pan and saute the onion, garlic and pepper add chopped herbs, salt & pepper set aside. Saute the turkey sausage till cooked through making sure to drain out all liquids. Drain orzo toss with butter and onion mixture, sausage, cheese and pulp. Fill tomatoes drizzle extra virgin olive oil and season with salt & pepper. bake for 10-12 minutes. If serving cold omit baking tomatoes.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cupcake of the Day

Smore's Cupcakes

A Campfire favorite has gotten a makeover in the form of a cupcake.

Moist vanilla cakes are filled with pieces of gram crackers and semi-sweet chocolate chips, topped with marshmallow frosting.


If you are located in the NYC or Long Island NY feel free to place your order through our website or email us for custom flavors.

Don't live in NY...no worries! Almost all our flavors are available as "Cupcakes in a Jar" Decorative mason jars are filled upon order, with your chosen flavor. Custom flavors available upon request.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Pan & Cupcake Measuring Spoons

On my mini-micro vacation this weekend to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania I did a little Cupcakery shopping in Reading China and Glass as well as The Sassy Spoon in The Kitchen Kettle Village....


Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Pan


I nearly flipped when I saw this pan, I can not wait to try it out!


Cupcake Measuring Spoons

I absolutely adore these measuring spoons...they are a bit pricey but are well made with a nice weight to them and are well worth it just for the cute factor!


Click on the links above each photo to learn a little more about the stores.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Joey's Cheesecake Recipe

So for quite a few years I have been hearing about this amazing Cheesecake Recipe my Father in Law (aka. dad) is known for. Recently I had the privilege of observing the master in action making this elusive cheesecake.


Recipe was featured in a local Firehouse Cookbook


Recipe
This cheesecake has a smooth velvety texture with warm vanilla undertones and with a small crunch of the gram cracker crust makes for a delightful dessert. I also love the rustic look of the gram cracker crust, quite impressive!

And yes..."This Is A Really Great Dessert"

Recipe Link
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An Ode To My Mother


This is a non-related Cupcake, apron, retro, foodie post.....and in a way it is.


Moms don't get the thanks they deserve and though it is not Mother's Day.... sometimes the best way to show someone you care can be on a very ordinary day.

I would like to take the time to give thanks to my Mother who taught me allot of different things in life from cooking, crafting, starting a business and the art of "if you want something done right... do it yourself" but most of all thanks for putting up with me and believing I could accomplish anything even when I didn't. You always have a knack of letting me know that your still here <3




Me and My Best Friend

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cupcake of the Day




Red Velvet Cupcakes

A Southern favorite that is a must for any occasion!

Red velvet batter with a hint of chocolate, topped with cream cheese frosting.



Not in the NYC area......try our "Cupcakes In A Jar"!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

And The Winner Is.......


Congratulations to Nicole!!!!!! You are the lucky winner of the Cindy Apron - Pink Chocolate Giveaway, sponsored by The Apronista's Apron Fest 09!



A Very Special thanks to all the participants who left such great comments!




Winning entry was chosen randomly by Random.org

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bake And Destroy Apron Giveaway!




Natalie of Bake and Destroy is hosting a Cupcake Provocateur apron giveaway!

Enter to win the lovely "CP Ink" apron modeled by Natalie herself, by leaving a comment on her blog with a response to this question:

If you were an MMA fighter what would your intro music be?


If it were me it would be "Rock The Casbah by The Clash.....but I believe voting for my own apron is against the rules!



Good Luck Cupcakes!!!!!



P.S. This is the last giveaway for 2009....so hurry and enter to win at, http://bakeanddestroy.net

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Happy Birtday Cupcake Provocateur!

We are Celebrating The 1st Year of www.cupcakeprovocateur.com!

Boy has the past year flown by, it feels like yesterday I was making aprons and frosting cupcakes....actually that really was yesterday! Yes, it has really been one year today and I'm still enjoying every minute of it!Time flys when your having fun. Special thanks to all the wonderful people I have met along my little journey that have supported my ideas and creations and a very special thanks to my family for putting up with my spontaneous creativity :)



Here's to the future!








P.S.
The winner of the Apron Fest 09 giveaway will announced on Monday!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New Aprons

Hey everyone...check out the four new aprons that we just added to the website!

From the Back & Pink Collection:



The Betty Apron - To Cute to Cook



The Betty Apron - Cherry Blossom



The Betty Apron - CP Ink




The Cindy Apron - Glitter Skull


I also wanted to thank everyone who has voted for our apron giveaway featured by The Apronista Blog! Keep those comments coming!

XOXO

Cynthia

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cupcake Provocateur Apron Giveaway

Voting starts now to win the Cindy Style - Pink Chocolate Apron!

Be sure to leave a comment below as your entry telling us why you would like to win!

One lucky winner will be drawn randomly at the end of the contest.


Model: Ruby Martini


Winner will be chosen August 7th 2009

Good Luck Cupcakes!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Apron Fest 2009!

Cupcake Provocateur is a proud participant of The Apronista's Apron Fest 2009!

Starting Monday at around 7am I will start the contest for the below apron!
To enter the giveaway, a comment must be left on Monday mornings post to ensure entry. The winner will be picked randomly at the end of the contest.




Enter to Win This Sassy CP Apron!


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wizard of Oz Apron


Todays Featured Cupcake Provocateur product






Wizard of Oz Apron

*Special Edition*

70th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz


TM & ©Turner Entertainment Co. Judy Garland as Dorothy from THE WIZARD OF OZ. (S08)

Cotton Candy Cupcakes







It was around 10:30pm last night when I had a sudden urge to make cupcakes. I had gotten Cotton Candy extract not to long ago and thought I would give it a try!

They taste just like cotton candy! To enhance of the Carnivale theme of them, I made mini cotton candy on a stick :)

Expect them to be on the website by early next week!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Todays Featured Cupcake Provocateur Product



Today's featured product is our Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcake.



Anytime is Happy Hour with this Cocktail Cupcake!

Made with fresh strawberries topped with a virgin lime & rum infused frosting.



If you are located in the NYC or Long Island NY feel free to place your order through our website or email us for custom flavors or if need for a Birthday Party or Special Occasion.





Don't live in NY...no worries! Almost all our flavors are available as "Cupcakes in a Jar" Decorative mason jars are filled upon order, with your chosen flavor. Custom flavors available upon request.