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Buy Cupcakes with Bitcoins

Bitpay and Bitcoin Cupcakes
We made these to celebrate :)

We’re pleased to announce that you can buy cupcakes with bitcoins at Cups and Cakes Bakery thanks to a new startup called BitPay! You might be scratching your head right now- What is a “bitcoin” anyways?

Bitcoins are a new currency designed as a cash like digital currency for the internet. Like local SOMA startup, BitTorrent, it was built as open source, and now has built a global community around it. Some of it’s advantages, include tiny transaction costs, and no need for banks or middlemen, unless you want it!

We think this is great move for both customers AND small businesses like ours.  We’d like to prove that there is a viable physical market for bitcoin use.

“Have you ever noticed that more places seem to be offering discounts for cash transactions every day? There are two very valid reasons for this and they’re both problems that Bitcoin solves. First, every credit card transaction is being bled dry by a handful of middle-men.” –codinginmysleep

Cups and Cakes Bakery is no exception- In owner/founder, Jennifer Longson’s words about credit card payments: “I just assume I’m not going to get 3-4% of my income”.

Offering customers a cash-like digital way to pay, small businesses are more likely to flourish, and keep money in the local community instead of big banks. With the help of another company, BitPay, we can just as easily accept instant payments over the Bitcoin network for a nominal 1%. Just like another local company, LevelUp, Bitpay just requires a smartphone to do instant transactions.

Ultimately, it was win-win for us to accept, it’s more convenient for tech-savvy customers, and costs nothing to setup since we use an iPad for a register!

Come on by the shop and give bitcoins a try in person, or order online and we’ll deliver them to your door. You deserve a cupcake!

I gave my wife a Tiffany’s Cupcake

Well, actually two!

Do you think she likes it? The blue cupcake charm is Jennifer’s second cupcake charm from Tiffany & Co!

I called Cups and Cakes’ Head Decorator, Melissa, with a secret request, “Can you make me a blue Tiffany cupcake please?”

Melissa replied “No problem!”.

I had already put the charm on hold at our local Tiffany’s over in Union Square. By the next day I had both cupcakes in my hands for the big surprise.

Two Tiffany & Co. cupcakes for my Ms. Cupcakes! Score!

 

Ladybug Season!

Ladybugs abound this month at Cups and Cakes!  We’ve have several orders for ladybug cakes and cupcakes, just in the last few weeks!  We figured we’d share some of the cuteness with you!

 

Little Tiny Ladybugs
Little Tiny Ladybugs

Bugs and Bees and Blossoms, oh my!
Bugs and Bees and Blossoms, oh my!

Lots and Lots of Ladybugs
Lots and Lots of Ladybugs

Lovely Larger-Than-Life Ladybug and her Little Ladies!
Lovely Larger-Than-Life Ladybug and her Little Ladies!

Pink Frosting Version – Our XXL cupcake, flipped upside down, and turned into a ladybug!
Pink Frosting Version - Our XXL cupcake, flipped upside down, and turned into a ladybug!

Cross Eyed Lady
Cross Eyed Lady

All custom decoration done by Melissa Krall.

Map Cupcakes!

We wanted to do something cool for a local mapping group in San Francisco that meets everytime this year for WhereCamp. Instead of just making regular cupcakes, we made cupcakes in the style of MAPTILES. We’re pretty happy with the result:

See this on a map Thanks GaiaGPS!

Credits:
Maptiles from Stamen Maps
Data from Open Street Map


Closeup



Next to each other



Prep



Jen cutting up the tiles



All laid out!



Jen showing em off :)



WhereCamp 2012



WhereCamp 2012


How Many Cupcakes Can You Put on a Cat?

Our cupcake friend, Pinguino asked us a very important question:

“How many cupcakes can you fit on a cat?”



We had to find out!!!!1!!



A cat investigates our pink box.


Early attempts were futile.



But we distracted them with cupcakes.



Ninja like reflexes!



Adri waited for the kittehs to calm down and started stacking cupcakes…



…one after another



Winning the world record for 10 (freestanding) mini cupcakes on a cat!!




*No kittehs were harmed in this post, only annoyed.