Listen up, Oxonians — cupcakes are now up for grabs. Owner and innovator Karri Brown started her cupcake business in St. Louis, Missouri, before moving here to Oxford. She specializes in her “mugg cakes,” where she puts a cupcake inside a coffee mug.
Brown first started baking professionally in 2011 and she said, “When people started eating it [the cupcakes] especially my brother, I was like I really can do something.”
“My grandmother I would say has been my idol and my she-role is what I call her. I’ve always watched her because she was always cooking. Anything she tells me to try I’ve been very successful with by following her methods,” Brown said.
Brown describes baking as her “livelihood and her hobby,” she said, “I get excited when its time to put the decorations on and I’m oozing and goosing with stuff to throw on.”
Brown’s favorite flavor of cupcake to bake is a chocolate cupcake with a chocolate moose topping. She personalizes her cupcakes to meet customers’ needs and is available for consultations to find exactly what the customer is looking for.
“I think everyone should try Mugg Cakes at least once. I think we are worth a shot. I offer a lot of service in my product. We are more than just a cupcake; we are also services, like event coordinating services. I start with cupcakes, but by the end of an event I am also on the planning committee,” Brown said.
Brown can create a variety of sizes from mini cupcakes, to regular to jumbo. She said, “I like the challenge of the requests, we do “mugg shots”, so if someone requests a tequila flavored cupcake we will try to make it. We like to come up with a bunch of ideas, it keeps me fresh and I like it.”
“I also name my cupcakes which is another special fun thing I like to do. We have “muggzilla” which is vanilla cupcakes inside of the mug; we have a “black dynamite,” and a “mugg berry”, which is strawberry inside of a mug,” Brown said.
Brown explains that the name comes from her childhood nickname with cake added to the end of it. Brown has been working on a lot of new ideas and recipes so be looking out for those. For more information about Mugg Cakes, visit Brown’s website or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molly Brosier is a HottyToddy.com staff reporter and can be reached at email@example.com.