2015, hello! by Kate Sterner | Feb 04, 2015 2015 Flavor Calendar Release The start of a brand new year brings lots of excitement for us... but one thing we were really excited about this year was the release of our 2015 Flavor Calendar! We added some newfound customer and staff favorites to our daily calendar, and revamped our monthly flavors with some brand new cupcakes! Head over to scratchcupcakery.com/cupcakes to check out the new calendar and find some new favorites! New Year's Eve We rang in the New Year at Scratch the only way we know.... with drunken cupcakes! Every New Year's Eve we try and top the year before, and this year we had six different alcohol-infused cupcakes! We brought back a few favorites like Guinness, Vodka Redbull, Champagne and Angry Orchard, as well as introduced a few newer ones like Red Wine and Fireball! If you missed them on NYE, keep your eyes peeled for these drunken cupcakes to be featured as a baker's choice on the weekends.... or place an order for two dozen or more! Bridal Shows Our wedding show crew was busy in January, traveling to three different shows throughout the state! Bridal shows are a great way for couples to taste test a few cupcakes, get some ideas, and ask lots of questions!! Be on the lookout for the Scratch Bridal Show Crew at one of these bridal shows near you in March: 3/1: Preferred Bridal Show, Quality Inn & Suites, Ames IA 3/8: Preferred Bridal Show, First Avenue Club, Iowa City, IA 3/8: The Temple for Performing Arts Bridal Show, Des Moines, IA 3/22: Preferred Bridal Show, West End Architectural Salvage, Des Moines, IA "Hot Cocoa for a Cure" Earlier this fall, we chose the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as the recipient of $5,000 in marketing support from Lessing Flynn after Battle of the Brands. Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States have CF. To learn more and join the fight, visit http://www.cff.org/. This past month, our West Des Moines location was back at it again, partnering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For each of the specialty purple Hot Cocoa cupcakes sold, Scratch donated $1 to raise awareness and money for an organization that is close to our hearts. We sent a check for $2,139 to the CFF! WOW! Thank you for coming out to support a really great organization, each donation goes a long way to support the amazing work they are doing! January Employees of the Month West Des Moines: Laura is one of the most committed employees we have. Her leadership within our store shows over everything that she does. She shows initiative with customers, and also during down time. Laura can always be found with a smile on her face and an idea for any troubleshooting. Her favorite phrases include but are not limited to: “bae”, “I’m just kitten”, and “Whadup guh!” Thank you, Laura for all you do for us! Cedar Valley: Delivering smiles, one cupcake at a time. Ever wonder how all of those delicious little cakes arrived at the office or to the classroom? One of our very own Cedar Valley delivery drivers may be responsible. Our January employee of the month is Chris Hansen, delivery stud extraordinaire. Chris will be graduating from UNI with a BA in music and technology. He loves the people he works with but more importantly he loves how happy and excited our customers are when he delivers cupcakes to them. There's not one single aspect of the job that Chris can call his favorite, but he believes Scratch is a fun place to work with new surprises happening every day. Chris makes every day a little better and a little brighter here at the Cupcakery, and we are thankful for his hardworking smile! Place an order for delivery and maybe Chris will show up at your door with cupcakes and a smile! Coralville: Rita Spratt is the queen of our kitchen here in Coralville! She always keeps a smile on everyones face when she is at work. Rita's job here is to bake all of the goodies that go along with our cupcakes. She is our kitchen managers Grandma so she goes by Grams at work or Ritalicious! She is from Wyoming, Iowa originally. Her favorite cupcake is peanut butter doughlicious so she is a lucky lady since it is part of our new menu every week! Her favorite part about working at Scratch is the family-like relationship that she has with all of her co-workers! Rita also loves George Strait and even has a picture of him hanging in her work station :) We all love her here and are so blessed to have her as part of the cupcake team! Woofables: The Gourmet Dog Bakery Do you have a special furry friend that you wish you could buy a cupcake for? Woofables has just the treat for your pup! Woofables first opened in Coralville in April of 2004. They now sell their gourmet treats all across the United States in novelty and boutique pet shops. Scratch started its partnership with Woofables in July of 2014. One of the decorators, Kaitlyn, is also a decorator at Woofables and brought the idea to partner with them to our attention. Now Scratch sells their “pupcakes” at all four of our locations! Woofables has all different types of treats that are all handmade from scratch at their Coralville location. They decorate for different holidays throughout the year or your favorite sports team! You can check all the different items like “Pup Tarts”, Pizza slice biscuits, doggie doughnuts, and fire hydrants at woofables.com. We think everyone at Scratch has a special place for their furry friends and our partnership with Woofables is a great way we can give every member of our families a special treat! Happy 2nd Birthday, Des Moines! It's no secret that birthdays are one of our very favorite things to celebrate at Scratch, and this past month we celebrated West Des Moines 2nd Birthday! I remember the buzz and we all felt as we watched people line up outside our doors, waiting for us to open for the first time. Once the clock hit 10 AM, the store filled up with smiles, laughter, and excitement. Our very first costumer was this kid dressed in a bright pink unicorn sweatshirt, I'll never forget that! Our West Des Moines managers have been working so hard the past two years to make sure their store goes above and beyond, and they have done an outstanding job! Susan, the kitchen manager, said: "Two years?! Wow, where has the time gone! Working as the Kitchen Manager in the WDM location is a job I could only dream about. The amazing employees are what keeps me around. We are such a close knit family and I just love every second. Celebrating birthdays, engagements, weddings, baby showers, and Valentines Day festivities are some of our favorite times here. People love celebrating with cupcakes and we are so thankful that you choose to do that with Scratch. Thank you to everyone who continues to support us in this journey, we are so grateful! " Kids' Night: #FTK Here at Scratch, we LOVE kids, and we LOVE having fun, so it just made sense for us to have the Miracle Families in the house for an afternoon. Each kid decorated one (or maybe three) of their very own cupcakes, and boy did things get interesting! One master decorator even used four different kinds of buttercream on one cupcake! We wanted to send a huge shoutout to the UNI Dance Marathon team for all of their hard work (and sweet dance moves) that they put in to raise money #ForTheKids! This year's Dance Marathon will take place on March 7th, from noon-midnight! Head to unidancemarathon.com to register to dance the night away, donate, volunteer, and learn more about these wonderful kids and their mission to make a difference!