Let me start this off by making a rather bold statement. I have never been a big fan of cake. That is, until I met Libby Martin. She showed me the light. The light, the fluffy and the flavorful world of moist cake. Maybe it stemmed from meeting one too many dried out squares of cake with frosting that left your tongue feeling confused. But once I tried Libby’s cupcakes, I realized that not all cakes are created equal and that you don’t need a ratio of 6:1 of frosting to cake to make a cupcake delightful.
Libby owns and operates Libby’s Cupcakes, Etc. A specialty bakery focusing on beautiful and delicious cupcakes. This North Carolina native has literally lived from coast to coast residing in LA and Washington DC before meeting a special boy who brought her back home with him to the Midwest. Her and I have a similar background. She has a degree in interior design (I went to school for architecture). Now we are both bakers. Whoa!
I snapped some photos and asked Libby some questions while she was baking for an upcoming wedding. Here’s some more info and a bunch of pictures of her in action, baking away.
Check out these adorable measuring utensils.
Libby was in the kitchen baking up a special order of 16 dozen dairy free cupcakes – Vanilla Bean, Chocolate and Carrot Cake all topped with dairy free frosting – vanilla buttercream, almond buttercream and cream cheese. Throughout this post you’ll find pictures of her pouring, baking and decorating her tasty creations.
Back in Washington DC Libby met a man named Andy. They really hit it off and Andy decided to bring Libby back to the great Midwest with him. They ended up building a family in Moorhead and have 2 young boys Will who is 7 and Drew who is 5. These 2 boys keep them plenty busy with their year round sports activities, school and more. When asked how she manages having her own business and her family she said, ‘Insanity.’ That may be one of the best answers ever. She has learned to dedicate time to find a balance between operating and baking for Libby’s Cupcakes and spending valuable time camping and doing various activities with her children. She also finds it very important to make time for friends…and wine. From my experience you really can’t go wrong with good friends and wine.
After taking a cake decorating class and experimenting various techniques on her own, Libby made desserts for her first wedding back in 2010. She formed her LLC for Libby’s Cupcakes, Etc in 2011 and has been doing weddings and special events ever since. Weddings are a big part of her business and her cupcakes are perfect for such an occasion. Her attention to detail and ability to decorate such beautiful frosted cakes make for an elegant and custom dessert for weddings. Libby’s grandmother worked in a bakery in Raleigh, NC where she frosted and decorated cakes. She jokes that is in here genes to be a baker and create intricate, beautiful desserts.
One of Libby’s favorite aspects of creating desserts for weddings is getting to know the bride and groom. Each couple is unique and so is the style and decor for their special day. She enjoys learning more about them and helping create cupcakes that are custom to their decor and colors. Coordinating with their decor and making things look pretty are her specialties. Her most requested flavors include vanilla, chocolate, lemon-raspberry, carrot and red velvet. Personally she really enjoys lemon cake with fresh raspberry buttercream, mocha cake with salted caramel buttercream (I am drooling now) and chocolate cake with peanut butter. Another favorite of hers that we might not be familiar with since it’s more of southern thing is Mandarin orange cupcakes, aka Pig Pickin’ Cake with pineapple frosting. A dessert commonly seen at barbecues. Sounds like a great time to me!
If Libby isn’t baking cupcakes for a wedding or event, she enjoys baking other things as well – including gingersnaps and fruit tarts. Kitchens aren’t only for baking though. Libby also enjoys cooking as well. Making soup and roasted vegetables tops her list of favorites. Cutting up fresh vegetables and simply coating them with oil, salt and pepper makes for a dish that is not only tasty, but also beautiful with all the different colors. Libby also wanted to make a shout out to her husband, Andy for his grilling skills. He’s the grill master and makes a mean pizza.
I have had the opportunity to get to know Libby over the years and she truly is a wonderful person. She takes great care and pride in her work. It shows in the details. The cupcakes she made for this wedding were decorated so beautifully and right before the wedding were topped with handmade fondant flowers to be displayed elegantly for the wedding couple and their guests. She has taught me that you can be a full time parent, start your own business and make cake that will leave you craving more. For more information on Libby’s Cupcakes, Etc. you can find her contact information below.
Libby’s Cupcakes, Etc.