Cinnabon ~ Cupcakes! *Giveaway! 2 Winners!* (Closed)

Back on February 13th, I posted about Inspirational People in my life. I wanted to elaborate more in this post :)

When you think about Cinnabon, what do you think of? I can remember back in 1994, when I was first introduced to Cinnabon. I drove 80 miles to visit a Cinnabon Bakery in the Amarillo Mall. Yes. I drove 80 miles just to go to the mall .. just for Cinnabon. Most people go to the mall for shopping; not me. These were the biggest and best cinnamon rolls I have ever had, in my life.

When I think Cinnabon, I think about Cinnamon rolls. I think we all do. Well, I am so excited to share with you a new product that is branching out, as we speak, in Cinnabon bakeries everywhere!

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I had the blessed opportunity to go to Seattle to meet with some bloggers:

Mommy Perks, Soul Parents, Mommy Mandy, and the food bloggers from Cupcakes Take the Cake, Gigachef, Serious Eats and Savory Sweet Life .

Before I go on to anything else, I have to say that the car service that was there to pick us up and take us back to the airport rocked it. So nice, drove at my speed (nice and fast, but not illegal 😉 ) and were always on time.

While I in Seattle, I fell madly in love with the Firm that invited me, as well as the meeting of Jerilyn, She is the main brain behind Cinnabon. Oh, what a memorable event this was!

The first day, I arrived to the hotel got all checked in to the gorgeous Edgewater Hotel.

Gorgeous! Oh. My. Gosh.

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Once I got checked in and freshened up, I was welcomed by the fab people from FOCUS Brands & Rogers Group in the lounge. What a relaxing and fun way to meet everyone! We had snacks and drinks and we were able to mingle and talk in a very comforting way. This seriously rocked! Even though we had all just met, I felt as if I had known everyone for years. While we were all mingling and getting to know each other, we were presented with some fun gift baskets that included some fab goodies for us to use while we were on our stay: snacks, Cinnabon Coffee drink, t-shirt, cap and some more goodies.

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The next morning, I got up, got ready and headed to find the group in the lobby. We then headed out for a nice walk. I have to say that in February, taking a walk almost scared me. In Iowa, it is freezing out, snow everywhere, but not in Seattle. It was beautiful weather and a prfect refresher to wake us all up for the Ferry Ride over to Bainbridge Island to have lunch at Café Nola. Again, another small, intimate setting that was perfect for us all to get to talk some more and get to know each other even more.

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After lunch, we were met with a van to take us to the final destination. *dun dun dun *

I have never, in my life, been so excited to meet someone. After knowing my love for Cinnabon, it was truly perfect to meet Jerilyn Brusseau, the main brain behind Cinnabon. Oh my gosh – her presence is truly angelic, heartwarming and so full of love and life! Ya see, I fell in love with Cinnabon in 1994, where Cinnabon was ‘born in 1985’, so I made perfect timing for a product and a person that would truly leave an impression in my heart forever. We were welcomed in to her adorable home with open arms (literally!) and an open mind to have the talk that I will remember for the rest of my life. I did not take pictures of the outside of her home for privacy reasons, but the inside truly speaks so much. You can tell where her heart lies – in her kitchen. She has a home that is small, perfect and as she called it to us ‘Her kitchen with a bed’. Literally, you walked from the kitchen, to the bedroom, turn there’s a walkway, bathroom and Walah – back in the kitchen. I can only dream of a kitchen of this aptitude! Total, her entire home is just shy of 700 square feet. I cannot tell you the expressions (in words) that I felt when I was in her home, in her kitchen and was able to bake with her. Hearing Jerilyn’s story of where she came from, where her journey took her and where she is today gives me chills; still.

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I got to bake with Jerilyn. In her kitchen. In her home. With her recipes! How amazing is that?

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While we were letting our cupcakes cool, before frosting them, we were taken on a memorable tour of her barn, that is just to the side of her adorable home.

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Barn Video
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Does this not look like a postcard? Gorgeous, isn’t it?

In this barn, Jerilyn uses it to host parties and has even been known to have weddings in this gorgeous place. What a beautiful location!

If all this wasn’t just the best, I have more to add. Jerilyn is more than a beautiful person, inside and out, she is also so heartwarming, more than I could have ever imagined. While we were in her barn, she was telling us about some things that she is an active part in.

She is also a humanitarian whose organization Peace Trees Vietnam works to remove land mines in Vietnam and replace them with new trees. Why? She had a brother that was killed in Vietnam, and what is a happy world if there is no peace, so she decided to start this organization to help bring the peace to us all. When she was telling us her story, I had to wipe away my tears and warm away my chills.

PeaceTrees Vietnam was founded in 1995 to renew relationships with the people of Vietnam and promote a safe, healthy future for its families & children. We sponsor demining and mine risk education, survivor assistance, citizen diplomacy trips and community building projects in partnership with the people of Quang Tri Province.

While we were walking around and getting to know Jerilyn even more, she was telling us about the DAISY Foundation that she has been a part of, as well. This foundation was created in January, 2000 from the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). This illness made Patrick not hungry, and one day his family brought a Cinnabon for Pat to eat when he was in the hospital. Patrick had not eaten in a while and when he requested one for the next day, he then asked that they bring enough for all the nurses in the unit. This was as a ‘thank you’ on his part, and because of that, now during the presentations of the DAISY Award they serve Cinnabons to all of the presenting nurses. As of July, 2009, over 4,500 nurses have received The DAISY Award.

Before ‘Cinnabon’, Jerilyn owned her own bakery & café, which was a lifelong dream of hers. In the 1980’s, she was approached to create the “world’s greatest cinnamon roll recipe.” She created the Cinnabon flavor and look that we know today, in 1985. Well, she thought it was time to come up with something new to add to the famous Cinnabon creation: Cupcakes!

There are four flavors being introduced to bakeries nationwide (see below for bakery schedule)

  • Cinnacake Classic
  • Chocolate Passion
  • Vanilla Bliss
  • 24-Carrot Cake

I am a manic nut for chocolate and I have to say that the Chocolate Passion is my ultimate favorite, but then again, they all were drool-worthy and amazing!

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We were then split in to groups. This was so much fun! We were able to mingle with other bloggers and we were assigned a baker. Oh, how I loved my Ann Pearl! She has her own catering business and is a fabulous baker! I learned so much from her!

We had so much fun! It was educating and so much fun! While I wasn’t able to create the most perfect cupcake, I did manager to make Silly Seattle Sammy.

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Admit it. You would buy this in a Cinnabon Bakery, wouldn’t you? 😉

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Seriously, my dream. Check out the Wilton products we got to play with.

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Jerilyn also shared her yummy family Coconut Cupcake recipe with us and I wanted to share it with you. If you would like to see it, please feel free to print and enjoy with your family! Click here to download and share with your family!

Brusseau’s Coconut Cream Cake With Coconut Butter Cream Frosting

Also, I wanted to share with you a schedule of Cinnabon Bakeries that are including cupcakes in their bakeries! Click here to see that list.

I loved her thought: Life is great with sweets, but:

Cinnabon cupcakes – Anything else is just a CupFake™

You can see more pictures from this fabulous event below:

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All opinions in this posting are 100% my own. Thank you to Rogers Group and to Cinnabon for welcoming me with open arms & open hearts for this amazing event!

win it

  • Two winners will each receive a $20.00 Gift Certificate to any Cinnabon Bakery to try out the new yummy cupcakes and Cinnabon Cinnamon rolls

how to enter

  • Tell me what flavor of cupcake you would love to try!

extra entries

details

  • Winner will be chosen at Random and backed up by post content.
  • Winner will be contacted via Email. If no response in 48 hours, another winner will be drawn
  • For more specifics on how winners are drawn, click here
  • Winners are posted here for reference
  • US entries only
  • Contest ends on March 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm Central Time

Comments

  1. I would try both the Cinnacake Classic and Chocolate Passion. Oh why not… I’d try all four!

  2. prizehound7 says:

    What flavor of cupcake I would love to try is: 24-Carrot Cake!

  3. I want to try the 24-Carrot Cake.

  4. 24-Carrot Cake

  5. Michelle H. says:

    Chocolate Passion is my first choice, but they all look delicious.

  6. The chocolate passion looks great!

  7. I’d love to try their 24-Carrot cake, delicious!!!

  8. Barbara Long says:

    I would like to try the Chocolate Passion cupcake.

  9. I would like to try the 24 Carrot Cake.

  10. Jennifer Jozwiak says:

    24-carrot for me!

  11. Vanilla Bliss Looks awesome

  12. Annemarie says:

    I would love to try the 24-Carrot Cake!

  13. Pamela S says:

    Well I want to try all FOUR!! But if I have to pick one to start with I’d say the Chocolate!! thanks.

  14. ReggieMann says:

    Vanilla Bliss!!

  15. Thanks for the great giveaway! I’d love to try Chocolate Passion!

  16. The classic cinnacakes would be my pick.

  17. CherylS22 says:

    I would love to try the Chocolate Passion. Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. Chocolate Passion looks sooo delicious!

  19. Susan Smith says:
  20. Susan Smith says:

    I’d like to try the Cinnacake Classic

  21. Looks like you had a great time! =) I’d love to try Vanilla Bliss. Yum! =9

  22. 24 Carrot cake looks soooo good!

  23. Amy Delong says:

    follow and tweeted
    http://twitter.com/amyhd29/status/10376680177

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  24. Amy Delong says:

    I would really like the vanilla one!

    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. I want to try 24 Carrot Cake. Thanks

  26. Would love to try the 24 carrot cake!

  27. I’d want to try the carrot cake cupcakes

  28. Kristine Michelle says:

    I’d like to try CHOCOLATE PASSION!!!!
    allmycrazycats @ aol.com

  29. I’d like to try the Cinnacake Classic
    HobartsMama {AT} aol.com

  30. Kathleen S. says:

    Vanilla Bliss sounds delish! Thanks.

  31. Definitely the Chocolate Passion!

  32. Salleefur/Jesslyn says:

    I happen to love all four flavors they make – but I can’t resist the utterly decandant Chocolate Passion!

  33. I want to try that ■24-Carrot Cake.

  34. ■Cinnacake Classic

  35. Chocolate Passion!

  36. Angela Winesburg says:

    I would love to try the Cinnacake classic, thanks!

  37. Melissa B. says:

    Chocolate Passion

  38. Vanilla bliss I’d love!

  39. I want to try the 24-Carrot cake!

  40. Amanda S. says:

    Chocolate Passion! Yummm!!

  41. Kristin Kureczka says:

    Cinnacake classic Sounds and looks delicious!

  42. I would love to try the Vanilla Bliss.

  43. Erica C. says:

    I’d probably try Vanilla Bliss first.

  44. I would like to try the Chocolate Passion cupcake.

  45. Chocolate passion

  46. The Classic would be my first choice.

  47. I twittered and here is the link:

    http://twitter.com/thriftymaven/status/10300121049

  48. I’d love to try the vanilla bliss cupcakes. I guess I’d better head on down to Cinnabon Bakery today

  49. Lucy Schwartz says:

    Gimmee the Carrot cake cupcakes! …..First

  50. Theresa D says:
  51. Theresa D says:

    I can not wait to try the 24-Carrot Cupcake!

  52. Chuck Darrah says:

    Chocolate passion

  53. Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!….I would love love LOVE to win this!…. =]

  54. Danielle says:

    I would definitely have to try the Cinnacake Classic…they look sooo delicious!!

  55. I want to try the chocolate passion

  56. I want to try the Cinnacake Classic! It makes my mouth water every time I see them!!

  57. Emily Roesly says:

    I’d like to try Cinnabon flavored, of course!

  58. It was so nice to read your story, and I’m glad you had such an amazing time….what a once in a lifetime opportunity! I’m a chocoholic too, so I’d want to try the Chocolate Passion cupcake! Thanks for the giveaway.

  59. Molly Capel says:

    I can’t wait to try the vanilla bliss cupcake.

  60. bacon cupcakes with scrambled egg frosting. YUM!

    http://www.eatyourbestfriends.com/2010/02/breakfast-for-cupcakes.html

  61. Chocolate Passion Cupcake

  62. I blogged about the contest here: http://lolmybloglol.blogspot.com/2010/03/some-more-giveaways.html

    Also, are we allowed to do daily tweets for an entry a day? I see other commenters doing them, but I thought it was just one tweet allowed. If we are, I will, too!

    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

  63. katklaw777 says:

    You are right…they all look heavenly. I’d pick the 24 Carrot Cupcake to try first, yum! Great giveaway, thanks.

  64. Janna Johnson says:

    Vanilla !

    Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

    Janna Johnson
    janna@FeedYourPigBlog.com
    jannajanna@hotmail.com
    http://www.FeedYourPigBlog.com

  65. Linda M. says:

    To me that looks like Heaven on earth! How beautiful! Do we have to pick just ONE? Can we give you the order in which we will eat all of them…………..? I would have to start with the 24 Carrot Cake! LOVE them!

  66. I’d like to try the 24 carrot cake!

  67. Laura DeLuca says:
  68. Laura DeLuca says:

    The Cinnacake Classic

  69. Holly B says:

    I’d love to try the Cinnacake Classic!

  70. Jen1012 says:

    I’d try the Cinnacake Classic

  71. Heidi B. says:

    I would choose Vanilla Bliss…I like everything vanilla. Thanks.

  72. Julie Cutshaw says:

    http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/9998220330
    tweeted
    sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

  73. i want to try the 24 carrot cake!

  74. Celeste says:

    Carrot cake is my fav! Yum!! Just reading this made me so very hungry….Thanks!! LOL

  75. momznite says:

    The 24-Carrot Cake sounds delicious!

  76. Holly W. says:
  77. Holly W. says:

    I would love to try the Carrot Cake one..mmmmm!

  78. Christine W says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/9925596158

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  79. Christine W says:

    I would love to try 24-Carrot Cake, my favorite.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

  80. Julie Cutshaw says:
  81. The 24-Carrot Cupcakes, I love carrot cake. People always seem to past it by for something chocolate though.

  82. I’d love to try the Vanilla Bliss cupcakes! Thanks
    bleatham(at)gmail.com

  83. I would love to try the “24-Carrot Cake” flavor.

  84. James Coyne says:

    I want to try vanilla bliss

  85. I would love to try them all but I’ll sample the Cinnacake Classic first. Thanks!

  86. cindy miller says:

    I would like to try a cinnamon sugar cupcake!

  87. I can’t wait to try the Cinnacake Classic!

  88. As a dedicated chocoholic, it has to be the Chocolate Passion.

  89. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/ljatwood/status/9832184407
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  90. I want to try them all but especially the Chocolate Passion. :)
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  91. 24 hour carrot cake

  92. As much as I love chocolate, I’d have to try the Cinnacake Classic (first… then the chocolate!)

  93. Monique Rizzo says:

    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

  94. i’d love to try the 24 carrot cupcakes
    nannypanpan@sbcglobal.net

  95. The CinnaCake Classic sounds SO SO good!

  96. Julie Cutshaw says:

    http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/9791876517
    tweeted
    sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

  97. I would love to try vanilla bliss

  98. I would choose the chocolate passion for sure!!

  99. I would love to try the 24 Carrot Cupcake. They all look delicious. Thanks for the chance to try.

  100. I just have to try the Chocolate Passion cupcake!

  101. Karen Pochodowicz says:

    Since this is from Cinnabon I would have to go with the Cinnacake Classic

  102. I’d love to try Vanilla Bliss. I love vanilla cakes and cupcakes.

  103. Jennifer Short says:

    I’d love to try Vanilla Bliss. Sounds yummy!

  104. chocolate passion

  105. I tweeted this giveaway: http://twitter.com/henniferus/status/9754413015

    Thank you again for the great giveaway!

  106. I would like to try carrot cake

  107. I would like to try the Vanilla Bliss cupcake. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  108. I want to try Vanilla Bliss.

  109. I’d love to try the Vanilla Bliss (actually, I’d love to try them all)!

  110. 24 carrot cake

  111. I’d really love to give the 24-carrot cake a try!!

  112. I want to first try the “Vanilla Bliss” cupcake.

  113. i would love to try the vanilla bliss

  114. I would love to try the cinnacake classic cupcakes.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  115. EMMA L HORTON says:

    THE 24-CARROT WOULD BY MY FIRST CHOICE

  116. Mellissa C says:

    I would love to try the Chocolate Passion!

  117. Sarah Hirsch says:

    I would love to try the cinnacake classic. looks so yummy!

  118. julie cutshaw says:

    my tweeted link & I follow you thanks
    http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/9732359626
    sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

  119. julie cutshaw says:

    main entry: may I add too that your pictures/writeup on this is just wonderful, such a detailed very pretty visual post shows what a memorable time you had, and I love the way that lodge is decorated with those real tree braches attached to the walls. Onto the answer of my choice, like you i’m a chocoholice so usually I would say that but I love carrot cake & not just any body can make good carrot cake so I would be wanting to try that mouth watering 24-Carrot Cake one as choice. The closet Cinnabon to us in over in asheville NC just across the TN state line and a friend of mine has tried them and said they are to die for so I would gladly drive there too and see for such a yummy looking cupcake, so thanks for the chance.
    sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

  120. Sherry A. Gilland says:

    that vanilla bliss looks really good thanks
    sherrya1210 at yahoo dot com

  121. 24-Carrot Cake!

  122. I would love to try the Chocolate Passion!

  123. Chocolate Passion sounds delicious!

  124. I want to try all four flavors of cupackes…but would like to try the 24-Carrot Cake first! Thanks for the review and giveaway! This sounds like an awesome opportunity and like it was a lot of fun.

  125. adrienne Gordon says:

    I’d try vanilla bliss.

  126. I would love to try the Chocolate Passion cupcake!

  127. I would love to try Chocolate Passion.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  128. I want to try the Cinnacake Classic first.

  129. 24-Carrot Cake

  130. tweet! http://twitter.com/my_twitraccount/status/9716227571
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  131. I’d love to try the 24 carrot cake.

  132. tweet! http://twitter.com/my_twitraccount/status/9713086046
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  133. That Chocolate Passion is calling my name!

  134. I’d love to try the Cinnacake Classic variety. They look so good!
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  135. I would just love to try the Cinnacake Classic!

  136. I love Chocolate so it would be Chocolate Passion for sure.

  137. I’d love to try the Chocolate Passion!

  138. I want to try the Vanilla Bliss cupcake… Thanks!

  139. I would love to try the Chocolate Passion!
    austma7@aol.com

  140. I would love to try the 24 carrot cake. Wow do all of them sound great.

  141. I’d love to try the vanilla bliss cupcakes.

  142. Diane Baum says:

    Who could resist a cupcake by the name of choclate Passion??

  143. The Vanilla Bliss sounds awesome. From Lips to Hips! LOL

  144. the 24 carrot cake thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

  145. I want to try the carrot cake! MMMMMmmmmm
    nik_har at yahoo dot com
    (there is an underscore between “nik” & “har”)

  146. we saw these at the mall last weekend. and i did not try them, but they looked so yummy.

    i would love to try the 24 carrot cake.