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An ooey, gooey good cause: Cupcake Camp Boston

Posted by Melissa Massello  June 28, 2013 08:50 AM

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Photo: Cupcake Camp Boston/Party Favors

Summer is for camp, and this Sunday in Somerville kids and grownups alike get to participate in the most decadent day camp of all: Cupcake Camp.

Now in its fourth year, Cupcake Camp Boston is part of a worldwide movement to create open community events where people can share their love for cupcakes. Founded in 2008 by San Franciscan Ariel Waldman and brought to Boston by Anita Patel, this year's event is expected to have more than 1,000 cupcake fans in attendance while raising funds for the Somerville Winter Farmer's Market.

For just $7, attendees each get a punch card that allows them to try eight different cupcakes — four cupcakes from the 30 participating amateur bakers, many of whom are local food bloggers, and four cupcakes from the 11 participating professional bakers, including Cakeology and Isabelle's Curly Cakes.

Feeling competitive about your love for cupcakes? See if you have what it takes to win the cupcake relay race or the cupcake eating contest, with prizes doated by local favorites Slumbrew and Taza Chocolate.

Lest you fret this day camp is going to undo all the hard work you've been putting in on your summer beach bod, Cupcake Camp will also have live music from Hornography and free Zumba classes, so you can shake what your momma gave you to burn off some of those cupcake calories.


Photo: Cupcake Camp Boston/Cravings Cupcakes

DIY Boston's own Tara Bellucci participated in Cupcake Camp Boston last year as an amateur baker, and had these tips to share for other amateur bakers and attendees alike:

"Bake minis instead of full-size cupcakes. Attendees will thank you."

"Go early. It gets crowded and amateur bakers can run out quickly! Also, pace yourself. Make sure to have water and something savory on hand to counteract the sugar high and impending crash."

In addition to raising funds for the Somerville Winter Farmers Market, Cupcake Camp Boston will also feature a raffle to raise money for Birthday Wishes, a Newton-based non-profit that helps bring birthday parties to homeless children.

Cupcake Camp Boston 2013, Sunday June 30th from 11 am to 4 pm (rain or shine), Hogkins-Curtin Park, Holland Street between Paulina and Simpson Streets in Davis Square, Somerville. For more information and tickets, visit

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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