Special Report: Cupcake Camp Dallas Invades Royal Oaks Country Club

Best In Show: Team cupcake from Asian Mint. Ploy Sukhamwang and Nikky Phinyawatana.

Our senior cupcake editor, Allison Hatfield, was on special assignment, so we sent the newest member of the SideDish staff, Daniel Walker, to cover the first Cupcake Camp Dallas. Little did I know he’s a cupcake freak as well. Sugar-rush copy to follow:

Nowadays, it seems like every new sweet food trend is touted as “the new cupcake.”   The truth is, in my heart and stomach, that there is not anything that can ever replace a great cupcake.  Nothing compares to the harmonious marriage of cake and frosting. I resisted jumping on the cupcake bandwagon when the craze for designer cupcakes began several years ago, but now I’m riding shotgun and I’ve got no intentions of giving up my seat. Sure, it’s a bit embarrassing when your wife’s new pet name for you is “Cupcake.” However, it’s an upgrade from  “Sugar Buns.” Maybe cute at home, but a bit disturbing when she shouted it  across a crowded restaurant.

This weekend, the Dallas cupcake scene was out in full force as the first ever Cupcake Camp Dallas descended upon our fair city.  Professional and amateur bakeries from all over the area gathered at the Royal Oaks Country Club on Greenville Ave. and displayed over 4,000 cupcakes.  Participants included Society Bakery, Asian Mint, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and the highly anticipated Trailercakes (sadly their sleek Airstream trailer had to stay home). Other bakeries, all new to me, brought their A-game to this cupcake convention:  The Perfect Slice, Pure Bliss, Haute Mama Dessert Co., Cupcake FabuLous, Cupcakes2You, and Crazy Good Cupcakes.

Jump for a zillion pictures of cupcakes and those who love them.

Cupcakes from Crazy Good.

The event was organized to benefit the LEAP foundation, an organization of medical professionals who volunteer to provide health care to children in some of the poorest countries in the world.  Eating my way through 4,000 cupcakes while contributing to a good cause was a no-brainer. I filled my Camelbak with milk and headed to Royal Oaks.

Deciding which to sample was a difficult task. My favorites included the wonderful sweet potato cupcake with cream cheese frosting from Cupcakes2You, the sinfully good peanut butter and jelly cupcake from Trailercakes, and the vanilla buttercream filled with cookie dough from Haute Mama’s. I also enjoyed the banana cupcake with cream cheese frosting from Crazy Good, and the unique jalapeño-lime version made by The Perfect Slice. I admit I love almost everything at Society Bakery, especially their Italian cream, but I picked Asian Mint’s orange Mandarin cupcake with pineapple whipped topping as the best overall.

I left satisfied and happy to know that the Dallas cupcakes scene isn’t waning, it’s growing. In fact you could say that the new cupcake is the next cupcake I eat at an event like this.

Cherry chip with cherry frosting from Crazy Good.
The talented team from Haute Mama Dessert Co: Patti Puchala (owner), Tiffany Key, and Genny Lee
Jalepeno lime from The Perfect Slice.

PB & J from Trailercakes.


  • Great write up…;) it was so much fun and cupcake fans are the best!

  • katherine

    Great story! I wish I’d known about it, I’d have filled my Camelbak with milk too!

  • Some children require surgeries that are too complex or complicated to be performed in their home countries. LEAP has a special fund to cover the cost of their care. The Landmark Fund began through the generosity of a single donor family. Their gift has enabled LEAP to transform the lives of many children of abandoned hope into Children of Amazing Grace. Follow their stories at http://www.leap-foundation.org.

    This week LEAP will be bringing two children from China.

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  • Great coverage from Camp Cupcake Dallas! Looked delicious! I really hate I missed this event! Prior engagement I couldn’t get out of…But look for me on the web with my just launched cupcake blog! CupcakeCrackhead.com I’ll be tasting & writing! “Help support the habit…”


  • Thanks for including us in your write up. We had a REALLY GREAT TIME at the Cupcake Camp of Dallas and can’t wait for this event next year!
    Great Cupcakes for a Great Cause!

  • Jennifer

    This was an amazing event, and I have been waiting for Cupcake Camp to make it to Dallas. The Asian Mint, Haute Mama, and Trailercakes cupcakes were my faves. My friends regret missing this event, but will be sure to make next year’s cupcake camp dallas.

  • Wow! Great write up. Thank you so much for the wonderful mentions. We had a blast at Cupcake Camp & we were honored to be a part of it. Congrats to Asian Mint & thanks to all that attended! And thanks for the fantastic article.

  • We had such a great time at Cupcake Camp and enjoyed meeting so many talented bakers! What a great way to raise money for a wonderful cause. So glad you enjoyed our cupcakes and appreciate the write up!

  • Cupcake Sinsations

    I really enjoyed the cupcake camp. It was very different, but I had a really nice time though. I just finished off the last few I purchased today!

  • I had such fun at this event. What a delicious cause! Can’t wait for next year!

  • Thanks so much for the mention in your article,not to mention 2 of my cupcakes as pics!!I had a wonderful time doing this and helping out in any way I can for any charity.Can’t wait for next year!!

  • Nancy

    Nice write up. The event is good but the judge is not fair especially Mint’s cupcake texture like poundcake. It’s not moise and fluffy. I can taste the sugar on the icing. How could it be the winner for professional cupcake baker?

    I truely like Jalapeño Lime. The texture is fluffy and moist. The cream would be better if the sugar dissolved completely. Very satisfied.

    I guess since Mint is the major sponsor of the event, that’s how they got the best overall!….but their cupcake is not good!!!

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