Interestingly enough, no cupcakes will be bought or sold during the event.
But cupcake-eating? There will be plenty of that at this fund-raiser that is based on the BarCamp idea of crowdsourcing.
Participants — professional and amateur bakers, cupcake enthusiasts, etc. — are asked to bring a minimum of 24 cupcakes/48 mini-cupcakes (and those cupcakes can be store-bought). Or, you can come empty-handed. The $3 entry fee gets you all the cupcakes you can eat.
Sherronda Johnson, CupcakeCamp Memphis organizer, first heard about the concept during a cake-decorating class. Johnson is affiliated with the non-profit Women of Style, Spirit, and Success, and she decided that the event and the organization would make a good fit. Proceeds will also go to the Seeds 2 Life organization.
Competitive types can enter one of these contests: Healthiest cupcake, Most Unique, Best Memphis-themed design.
Johnson says that a number of commercial bakers have already signed up, and she'll announce the lineup later in February.
She also says that besides the cupcakes, there will be other refreshments available, including ice cream.
"You can't have cake without ice cream," she says.