Vintage & Made Fair 2015

Don’t miss this Vintage-Inspired and Indie Craft outdoor Market!  We’ll have plenty of specialty dessert bars, brownies, scones, cake loaves, vintage tea-cups of Ganache, and more!   Saturday June 13th 9am- 5pm, and Sunday June 14th 9am-4 pm.  Vintage Jordan Camp, 2251 Fuller Road, West Des Moines Iowa.

Steampunk Midwest

Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th join us in Boone Iowa at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad!  Packages and Tickets available.

Valentine’s Day Specials Feb 13th & 14th

Put down that waxy box of chocolates and ratty gas station stuffed animal- we’ve got a fresh baked box of love for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day.  Other specials include Peanut Butter Poppers, and Vintage Tea Cups filled with our fresh Home-Made Ganache, and a special…uh… Pair of Cupcakes for your Man.  Pick- up or Valentine’s Delivery,  reserve yours now!

Battle of the Chefs

Thurs March 27th, 5pm, get your tickets as some of Central Iowa’s best chefs will compete for your vote in IPR’s first ever Battle of the Chefs. Sample creations from Tacopocalypse, Hoq Restaurant, Le Jardin, Embassy Club West, and Cupcake Emporium, sip some craft beer, and enjoy the music of IPR’s Studio One — the perfect happy hour (in our humble opinions)!  It all takes place at West End Architectural Salvage in Des Moines

 The Cupcake Emporium Returned to battle on CCW!

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 7pm, The Cupcake Emporium (Tawnya Zerr with assistant Katherine Hickman) returned to face off against three other cupcake bakers.

The Cupcake Emporium competed to honor Marilyn Monroe.  They created cupcakes with flavors and looks that “completely embodied Marilyn”, said the guest judge in charge of Marilyn’s estate.  Although they didn’t walk away with the grand prize, they we’re runner up with a larger than life display of 1,000 cupcakes and iconic images of Marilyn.

The Cupcake Emporium first competed on the Cupcake Wars episode airing June 30th.  The team chose the shows challenge ingredient of quiche to create an 80’s inspired cupcake. “It was an honor just to be on the show.  Our fans were so supportive and we had people from other states e-mailing us about how they loved watching and were rooting for us.  Right away our fans asked us if we’d be back on, and so did the producers of from Cupcake Wars!”

Music Walk on Main Street 9-12-13

Join us and all of Main Street, Thurs. Sept 12th, as musicians of all likes can be found in the shops of down town Ames.  Event starting at 5pm-9pm.  People 21+ can partake in the beer garden/main stage on the 100 block of Main Street from 8pm-10pm


Watch us on Cupcake Wars!

The Cupcake Emporium, a specialty shop located at 300 Main Street in Ames, is scheduled to compete on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”.

Tune in Sunday, June 30th, as The Cupcake Emporium (Tawnya Zerr with assistant Katherine Hickman) faces off against three other cupcake bakers.  The reality based show consists of three elimination challenges until only one team remains. The winner receives $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at a special event.

Tawnya Zerr, Owner and Flavor Imaginator of The Cupcake Emporium, is excited to announce the event to customers, family, and friends. “We’ve been able to hint to our fans about a special episode but it’s just now that we can officially say, ‘Watch us on Cupcake Wars!’”

The Cupcake Emporium specializes in unique flavors that are made from scratch and baked fresh daily.  They offer over 90 flavors with at least 8 featured daily.  From traditional favorites like Peanut Butter cup to the adventurous Sweet Chili Mango or Fried Ice Cream, there’s a flavor for everyone.  Soup, Salads, Sandwiches, Ice Cream and more are also offered in this retro themed shop. Find out more at

Watch us on morning TV show “Great Day”

 Grab an egg sandwich & turn on your TV Monday July 1st.  The Cupcake Emporium will be on the “Great Day” Morning Show on KCWI-TV Channel 23 in Des Moines to talk about Cupcake Wars.  The suspense, the drama, the romance…ok maybe not romance but what else would be better to watch while your putting on your socks for work!