Going Wacky For Cupcakes
Calling all cupcake connoisseurs. If a fantasy of decadent treats is what you’re after, welcome to the world of Wiki Wacky Cupcakes. Cindy Kauanui, owner and founder of the Wiki Wacky Cupcake Company, has spent much of her life in the high-fashion industry, going from one designer party to another in Paris, and traveling the globe. Today, this home-grown Kauai girl is whipping up the finest cupcakes, all made with pure Hawaiian cane sugar and every ounce of aloha.
“I feel my cupcakes have a Hawaiian feel to them, and Wiki Wacky designs say aloha all over them and have a distinct feeling of royal Hawaii,” says Kauanui, who bakes the cupcakes herself out of a Kalihi facility.
With three cake flavors to choose from - French vanilla, chocolate fudge and red velvet - the cupcake artist calls these delightful cakes her canvases. It’s what she refers to as the art of edible beauty.
“It’s the frosting flavors that give it more variety and designs,” Kauanui explains. “I have a French butter cream that I enhance with tropical flavors like guava, pineapple, coconut, mango and banana, and fun, childlike flavors like bubblegum, cotton candy and tutti frutti.”
However, it’s the French vanilla cream cheese frosting that will always be a classic.
Selling a dozen cupcakes at a time, Wiki Wacky Cupcake gift boxes are a perfect gift idea for the holidays and a wonderful family vacation gift box.
“My goal is to cater to the tourists in Waikiki and have them enjoy the taste of aloha while they’re here. The cupcakes are perfect for weddings in Hawaii, too,” she says, adding that they are not sold individually, but rather in gift boxes and cup-cake tiers. Box sets cost $52, including balloons and delivery service, and the tiers cost $300 and up, depending on the number of cupcakes. Kauanui’s sinful creations are currently sold at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Sheraton Waikiki and Moana Surfrider, but she hopes to expand her service island-wide in the near future.
Once having purchased a gift box, customers can select their favorite design from the website wikiwackycupcakes.com. Each cup-cake is wrapped in a sleeve and frosted accordingly.
“Wiki Wacky Cupcakes are eye candy,” Kauanui says. “I wrap the white plantation-windowed boxes in beautiful pink ribbon and attach my pink-and-white polka-dot balloons or a mylar balloon upon request.
“I have Hawaiian flowers hand-painted on paper sleeves that go around the base of the cupcake that were painted exclusively for Wiki Wacky by Dondi Ho, Don Ho’s daughter,” she adds. “I even have a cupcake after her father called ‘Tiny Bubbles.’ It has bubblegum frosting and bubblegum pink jelly bellies on top showered with pink sparkling glitter.”
All cupcake designs are created around some of the most memorable places and people of old Hawaii and are inspired by Kauanui.
“A lot of love goes into these cupcakes,” says Kauanui, who traces her love for cupcakes back to her childhood days. “Each box is treated like it’s the only one going out the door, and I pretend it’s going to my favorite friend.”
For more information, visit wikiwackycupcakes.com.
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