Local Bites: Wandering Whisk Bakeshop

I'm really excited about this particular post, because I get the opportunity to not only introduce you to one of my very good friends, but also to what I feel is the Tampa Bay area's best-kept secret when it comes to baked goods. Here's the backstory to this particular introduction: I had the opportunity to participate in a Baking Book Challenge with Sprinkles - I was given an early copy of the Sprinkles Baking Book by Candace Nelson and was asked to re-create a recipe of my choice from the cookbook.  To ensure that my creation both looked good and tasted good, I called upon my good friend, Jen Jacobs. Not only does she work with me at HSN as an associate producer, she also runs a business out of her own kitchen, called Wandering Whisk Bakeshop. Can you say boss lady?

Jen Jacobs, owner of Wandering Whisk Bakeshop

Jen is known for her expansive selection of delicious, decadent creations, most notably, her perfectly-textured macarons and ultra-smooth buttercream frosting. Oh my goodness, is her buttercream frosting amazing - this is coming from someone who consistently wipes the frosting off her cupcakes and eats around it when on cakes - but not when it comes to Jen's buttercream. 

Wandering Whisk Bakeshop doesn't have a physical location, yet, but Jen's sweet treats often make an appearance on the weekends at Intermezzo Coffee in downtown St. Pete. You can also request custom orders from her website - for pH's birthday, she made me a layered chocolate-bacon cake with bacon-infused buttercream frosting, and for my oldest sister's baby shower, she created gorgeous gray buttercream-frosted cupcakes that formed the shape of a whale.

Okay, back to my original story about the contest: Jen and I chose to re-create Candace's recipe for Strawberry Cupcakes, using fresh strawberries. Jen embellished the cupcakes with her signature piping and added sprinkles for good measure. The cupcakes were wonderfully moist, and her amazing buttercream frosting added exactly the hint of sweetness that the slightly tart cupcake needed.

In order to win a year's supply of Sprinkles cupcakes from the contest, we need your help! Give the below image a "like" on Instagram - the entrant with the most "likes" by October 28th will win!