I started by trying out some of Prohibition's cupcakes at home. Lucky for me they had shared some recipes online. Then, I got a hold of the Robicelli's cupcake book and went on my cupcake adventure (which is still in progress, derailed slightly, but still in progress as of September 23rd, 2014), and then I started coming up with my own creations. Finally I created my own cupcake base and butter cream mixture. During this whole process I started culinary school at San Francisco Cooking School. That's right, culinary school, not pastry school. I wanted to better understand food science from all aspects of food, not just dessert. I took in cupcakes every week to school for my classmates to enjoy, and after creating my own base and butter cream I decided it was time to take a leap.
I knew I didn't want a brick and mortar shop, and I liked the idea of being able to create cupcakes for people based on their flavor profiles so I looked into baking out of my house - catering style. Lucky for me California has some awesome Cottage Industry Laws that allow me to do just that - within reason. As of August 7th, 2014 I officially have Illicit Delights LLC, and am currently finishing up paperwork and permits with the city of San Francisco.
I'm two more approvals away from being legitimate and cannot wait to share my delicious creations with you!