She could have been a success by virtue of her design talents alone, but she took the whole thing a couple of steps further. She, by the way, is the amazingly talented, unbelievably cute Jessie Oleson. What she did, first, was to create a character: a cupcake called Cuppie fashioned from a piece of leftover cake batter. Her charming cartoons put Cuppie into familiar scenes, bizarre adventures and comic situations; she does 8 to 10 of these a day, usually in watercolor; the pictures have the charm and appeal of Babar books, the genius of artlessness. Oh yes, Jessie sells them online.
But she doesn't end it there. No, there's another website, a blog called Cakespy, that leverages Cuppie's cuteness with rather more serious stuff about baking, recipes and such. Jessie, who moved here from New York, has a nationwide network of spies keeping her updated. And when it was time to celebrate her 28th birthday last month, she picked Cupcake Royale's store in Ballard.
Posted by Ronald Holden at September 1, 2008 12:30 PM