They’re HERE!! Jillycakes Orlando is a reality!! Grand Opening THIS WEEKEND!!

Ok, so full disclosure: I have ^the tiniest^ fan-girl crush on Jillian Hopke, winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and owner of
The Grand Opening starts on Saturday, December 13th at 12pm. And you MUST be there. Go support a local business/celebrity and tell her Starfish Confidential sent ya!

SuperDad and I have a bit of an addiction to cooking-based reality competitions, and I always wonder how much of the personalities you see are real, and how much are editing? Jillian is a perfect example, I mean, how can anyone be that sweet and adorable and yet not annoying in real life? Right?

But now that I’ve met her in person, and I can tell with absolute authority – SHE REALLY IS THAT FANTASTIC!

Now, on to the important bits. I was honored to be invited to a blogger media event at the new Jillycakes Orlando retail location and I had the BEST time!! I also won Twitter a fabulous gift pack.

Fun Fact: The counter tops were made with hundreds of thousands of REAL rainbow sprinkles.

Jalapeno Popper Cupcakes
(notice the counter under the cupcakes!)

The menu for the media event included three savory cupcakes (Jalapeno Popper, Spicy Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and Thanksgiving Dinner) and three sweet cupcakes (Cranberry Orange, Pumpkin Pie, and Maple Apple Gingerbread).

To be completely honest, I’ve always been more than a little skeptical about savory cupcakes. Don’t get me wrong, I *LOVE* me some cupcakes, but they are supposed to be sweet, indulgent and diabetes-inducing. Unfortunately, I had to pass on the Jalapeno Popper cupcakes – Taco Bell mild sauce burns my mouth, and when asked how hot the Popper cupcakes were, Jillian responded that they would “melt your face”.

However, the Mac ‘n’ Cheese wasn’t terribly spicy and definitely won me over. ^I may or may not have had more than one a couple.^ I was intrigued to try the Thanksgiving Dinner cupcakes, but still not sure what to make of “your whole Thanksgiving Dinner in two bites.”

Let me just tell you —- Oh. M. G!!! If I could have taken three dozen of those puppies home with me, that would have been our family Thanksgiving. I would have inhaled those suckers all night long, if I hadn’t worried that bogarting all the goodies would get me banned from future Central FL Lady Bloggers events (notice the lack of sarcasm font – I am not EVEN kidding).

After Thanksgiving Dinner, it was time for some sweet treats. Did I mention that the Pumpkin Pie cupcake was filled with ACTUAL PUMPKIN PIE!?!?!

So, long-story-short (^yes, of course I realize it’s far too late for that^), Jillycakes is freaking awesome-sauce. Go check them out! I will definitely be a frequent flyer, so maybe we’ll run into each other. Meanwhile, follow the crew at Jillycakes Orlando on Facebook and Twitter to see all the awesome treats they can conjure.They are all set to make your confectionery dreams come true.

Hint: It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I’m being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that’s not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a “sarcasm font”, I’ve come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my “sarcasm font”.

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