Lily Fischer and Nima Etemadi, Chefs/Owners, of A Cupcake Wonderland will give a demonstration on the Art of the Cupcake at the 36th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00pm.
Here’s a little bit about their business as told by Lily.
Best friends from college, my business partner Nima and I both quit our respective careers to become pastry chefs. (In our past lives, I was a preschool teacher here in Philly and Nima was the assistant editor of Aperture magazine in NYC.) I started ACW as a home business in 2009, and was first invited to be on Cupcake Wars in 2011 (premiered June 21), on the Bollywood episode, in which we came in first, winning $10,000! Shortly thereafter, Nima came on board, having recently graduated from pastry school.
We got a new look relocated the business to an immaculate, new, commercial kitchen in the Globe Dye Works building, located in Frankford, Philadelphia, which we share with LoveBar, a local bean-to-bar chocolate maker. All baked goods from A Cupcake Wonderland are prepared fresh to order using high-quality, wholesome ingredients. We specialize in custom cakes, cupcakes, wedding cakes, and artisinal pastries, and sell our baked goods at such vendors as Di Bruno Bros. (Comcast), as well as various locals events and markets, as opportunities arise!
This year we were featured on Food Network twice! First on Cupcake Wars’ Cupcake Champions tournament (premiered May 13, 2012), in which we competed for a chance at $50,000 on the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark episode. Then, most recently, we were featured on Cupcake Wars All Stars (premiered July 1, 2012), which had a patriotic, USO theme. We came in a close second in both episodes, but with all the love and support Philadelphians have been showing our business, it feels like we came in first!