Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dozen Cupcakes - Valentine's Special

Recently, several organizations have invited me to participate in promoting their food products. And I was unsure of what my response should be. So I consulted my best friend, husband, and blog conspirator. SP rolled his eyes at me and basically said, duh, it's my blog I can do whatever I want and promote whatever I want. Unfortunately, due to scheduling issues and time constraints, I have not been able to accept some of the offers. But I did decide to write a blog post about a local bakery and their Valentine's Special because, well, I can easily write a blog post about it, and also, they are a local bakery, and also, I hadn't heard of this Valentine special prior to being contacted by them. And it sounds kind of yummy.

Dozen Bakery. Dozen Cupcakes. If you live in Pittsburgh, I am sure you've heard of them. Dozen started in 2006 and is now a full service bakery and cafe with 3 locations (Lawrenceville, Oakland, and Liberty Avenue). (I believe the Murray Avenue location closed.)

The Valentine's Special: The Sweetheart Box. Inside the box are four cupcakes (photo provided by Dozen): Two of their 'regular' cupcakes, Red Velvet and Vanilla Vanilla, plus two limited edition cupcakes, Spicy Chocolate and Passion Fruit. Here's a photo, provided by Dozen, of the Spicy Chocolate Cupcake:
They come in a box filled with red tissue paper and tied up with a red bow.

Did you know that Dozen makes Vegan cupcakes? And that you can get a vegan Sweetheart Box? Well, you can. The vegan Sweetheart Box will have four vegan cupcakes – two chocolate and two vanilla cakes, each with unique decorations.

Now I know I've blogged before about how I don't like Valentine's Day. I don't. But that doesn't mean that we won't use it as an excuse to go out to a nice dinner. Or as a reason to have special treats. Like cupcakes. Hopefully, my sweetheart is reading this and realizing that I REALLY like Spicy (Mexican) Chocolate flavored treats. And that I really liked the Red Velvet cupcake from Dozen. And that even though I don't like Valentine's Day and I have instructed him to not buy me a card, flowers, dopey heart shaped boxes of candy, heart shaped jewelry or other Valentine crud and that I will NOT be wearing red or - even more ugh - pink on Valentine's Day (my color of choice for Feb. 14 is always black) -- I REALLY LIKE CUPCAKES.

Dozen's Sweetheart Box will be available on Friday, February 11, Saturday, February 12 and Monday, February 14 for $12. Customers should order online at http://www.dozenbakeshop.com/ as the in-store supply will be limited. Click here for Dozen's post about the cupcakes on their blog. You can select your pick up day, although Saturday pick up is available only for the Lawrenceville and Oakland locations.

**Though I was contacted by Dozen about their Sweetheart Box, I was not paid for this post, I did not receive free cupcakes or other free Dozen goodies. I was simply informed via email of the Sweetheart Box and asked if I would like to learn more or write about it on my blog to help promote it. They are a small local business and I decided to help promote the Sweetheart Box without compensation.

1 comment:

  1. I have a long-standing grudge against Dozen, but I do enjoy the occasional cupcake treat. And it's nice that they have a vegan variation of their Valentine's Day box. Still, I'm just not a fan of their particular type of cupcake, which emphasizes the frosting and flavoring over the cake part, which I've always found to be on the dry, crumbly side.

    Plus, although it sways the promoter to deliver a positive review, I think it's kind of silly that a store wouldn't offer a free or discounted offer to the people that they wish to review and promote their items. To use a lousy pun, it certainly would sweeten the deal.

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