Cadillac woman\u2019s cupcake business offers variety of homemade flavors CADILLAC \u2014\u00a0 After spending years working behind a desk in big-city corporate America, Bridget Coffey found her true calling in the kitchen. Originally from Cadillac, Coffey and her husband, David, lived in the Detroit area and Miami before moving back to her hometown in 2008. \u201cThe kids were getting a little bit older and we wanted to be near family and escape the big city so we came back. My husband just said to me one day, \u2018What do you want to do, now that we\u2019re here?\u2019 and I said, \u2018I want to start a cupcake business.\u2019\u201d Naming her business after her 8-year-old daughter, Megan, Coffey founded Megan\u2019s Cupcakes in 2008 as a self-taught cupcake baker. She renovated a portion of her garage to include a cupcake kitchen, which is decorated in pink flowers, polka dots and photos of happy customers with their cupcakes. \u201cInstead of Bridget\u2019s cupcakes or Coffey cupcakes, I thought Megan\u2019s Cupcakes would be cute. She likes cupcakes,\u201d Coffey said. \u201cA lot of times people call me Megan, but I just say I\u2019m Megan\u2019s mom.\u201d Through giving out free samples for the first year and a half, Coffey \u2014 also known as \u201cChief Cupcake\u201d \u2014 worked to expand her customer base. Now, four years later, Megan\u2019s Cupcakes is a local success. Coffey caters around 50 events per year, from weddings and anniversaries to fundraisers and black tie parties, serving as many as 300 cupcakes on a three- to seven- tiered cupcake stand. She begins baking as early as 5 a.m. each morning, and makes flavors from the top-selling chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, to more unusual flavors such as Guiness Beer cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Megan\u2019s Cupcakes also has a Facebook page with almost 700 \u2018likes.\u2019 Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Coffey sells her cupcakes from the donut counter at the PBS Marathon station at 1010 South Mitchell St. in Cadillac. \u201cWe\u2019re not a big enough area to be able to support a cupcake-only bakery like they have in bigger cities, which was what we saw in the Detroit area and Miami, but people still like those things,\u201d Coffey said. \u201cSo if we could do it on a smaller scale in terms of a catering business, that\u2019s where I found my niche.\u201d Known for her unique personal touch and delicate attention to detail, Coffey\u2019s customers agree cupcake-making is the perfect niche for the stay-at-home mom. Hannah Sengelaub, who had Megan\u2019s Cupcakes at her wedding on Sept. 15, heard about Megan\u2019s Cupcakes when she attended bridal show in Big Rapids. \u201cI knew right away after tasting her sample cupcakes at the Bridal Show that I needed to have them for my wedding,\u201d Sengelaub said. \u201cNot only were they absolutely delicious, they were displayed lovely as well.\u201d Made in small batches each day from time-tested family recipes, Coffey\u2019s cupcakes come in a variety of flavors. Sengelaub and her husband, Derek, selected apple spice cupcakes with carmel buttercream frosting, chocolate Guinness Beer cupcakes with Bailey\u2019s buttercream frosting and raspberry cheesecake, with a layer of graham cracker crust on the bottom. \u201cMy guests were more than pleased with my choice to use Megan\u2019s Cupcakes. I heard only positive comments about them, and I would have to agree! I would most definitely use Megan\u2019s Cupcakes again for a special event or get-together. I also would refer my friends to her in a heartbeat.\u201d Along with attending bridal shows in Big Rapids and Cadillac, word-of-mouth advertising and customer referrals are the main way Megan\u2019s Cupcakes finds new business. \u201cAnytime someone orders cupcakes, I always try to get their email address to send out monthly newsletters of what the new monthly flavors are,\u201d Coffey said. \u201cThat\u2019s the fun part of being in Northern Michigan is the season change and the flavors change.\u201d For the Thanksgiving season, Coffey featured gingerbread cupcakes with pumpkin creme cheese frosting, while the Christmas season brought rum cupcakes with pineapple buttercream, chocolate cupcakes with chocolate and peppermint sprinkles and a unique cranberry orange cupcake. \u201cI\u2019ve done red velvet every year (for Christmas), but you\u2019re eating so many rich foods with rich flavors over the holidays, I thought the cranberry and the orange were really refreshing,\u201d she said. \u201cIt has real Michigan cranberries in it that are pureed and chopped inside the cupcake, and then I top it with an orange-infused buttercream cranberry glaze.\u201d After experiencing the sweetness of Megan\u2019s Cupcakes at an event in Big Rapids last year, Michelle (Herron) Rasmussen knew who to call when planning her Nov.10 wedding. \u201cWe had her cupcakes at the (Mecosta County) Chamber Gala and they were literally gone in a matter of eight minutes,\u201d Rasmussen said. She and her husband, Gary, chose gingerbread cupcakes with buttercream frosting, chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting, carmel apple cupcakes with buttercream frosting and maple cupcakes with maple cream frosting. \u201cIt was hard to choose, honestly she has a huge selection,\u201c Rasmussen said. \u201cShe cut maple leaves out of pie crusts and put them on the top (of the maple cupcakes).\u201d For customers looking for a normal-sized cake, Coffey also offers the \u201cBig Betty,\u201d a large cupcake filled with frosting. \u201cBig Betty is the most amazing, largest cupcake that you\u2019ll ever want to have in front of you,\u201d Rasmussen said, who ordered a \u201cBig Betty\u201d for her wedding. \u201cIt\u2019s litterally three layers of cake with frosting in between and a big mountain of frosting on top. We sliced into it and afterwards I took it to work and gave the office staff (at Michigan Works!) the rest of Big Betty.\u201d Along with baking creations to satisfy the sweet tooth of customers in Northern Michigan, Megan\u2019s Cupcakes also offers delivery service, which Sengelaub said was a blessing on her special day. \u201cIt was very nice that she was able to travel to Big Rapids to deliver the cupcakes and put together the cake table,\u201d she said. \u201cOne less thing for the stressed out bride to have to think about.\u201d When holiday and special event orders pile up for the one-woman operation, Megan\u2019s Cupcakes becomes a family affair. Her 12-year-old son, Tim, and Megan each help Coffey bake cupcakes, and her husband, David, helps deliver them. \u201cLast Memorial Day weekend when it was a holiday weekend, a wedding weekend and graduation weekend, we were turning out around 1,000 cupcakes,\u201d Coffey said. \u201cI won\u2019t ever turn anybody down for an order, but I do get to the point sometimes when I can\u2019t deliver, so that\u2019s when I get my husband to deliver for me or I start having people pick up. \u201cMy son helps me sell cupcakes at the art fair in downtown Cadillac in the summer. We do a smores cupcake and we roast a little mini marshmallow on top with a creme brule torch. He torches the marshmallows, and likes to have fun with it. He\u2019ll come out and help me with it and my daughter likes to play around in the kitchen.\u201dWhile her cupcake business continues to flourish, Coffey doesn\u2019t plan on letting it get too big to hinder her from enjoying time in the Northern Michigan outdoors or spending time on the lake outside her front door. \u201cI bake fresh all the time, so most of the time I get up really early in the morning and I get my baking done and I get my deliveries done and then it\u2019s over and I\u2019m out there on the lake,\u201d she said. For more information on Megan\u2019s cupcakes, visit www.meganscupcakes.com or call (248) 765-6957 or like Megan\u2019s Cupcakes on Facebook.