Fresh off their second win in the Food Network’s popular “Cupcake Wars” TV show,  Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen stopped by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce this morning as sponsor of the Coffee Connection, the Chamber’s monthly networking event that gives members a chance to meet each other over coffee (and other treats) in an informal setting. Owner Don Hein, Manager Anna Carlson and Special Events Coordinator Shasta Jennings from the company brought along the four cupcakes featured in the television show, which centered around the Broadway show “Annie.” Named after characters in the play, the cupcakes are named Sandy, Red Deliciousness, Princess Annie and Daddy Warbucks. Coffee Connection, one of the more recent addition to the Chamber’s member benefits, provides an opportunity for members and staff to meet an no charge in an informal setting for relationship-building. The format differs depending on the size, but provides for a more intimate way for members to interact with each other. A total of 27 people attended today’s event. Each had a chance to give their 17-second commercial. They talked about special hobbies, favorite board games and their strategic partners for business. Some gave their favorite quotes and afterward were able to connect with those they had something in common with. Coffee Connection is held the second Friday of each month. Participants must RSVP by calling 760-931-8400 or emailing Kathy Steffen at [email protected] Hein spoke about the quick growth of his company and how he had to prepare to take his company to the next level soon after its launch. Hein’s bakery is located in Downtown Vista (more than 30 percent of the Chamber’s members are located outside of Carlsbad). Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen won the Cupcake was first featured in an episode of “Cupcake Wars” in April 2012. This latest win — which comes with a $10,000 prize — was filmed in June in Los Angeles, and celebrated the one-year anniversary of the musical’s return to Broadway. Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen catered a party for the cast and crew at the Times Square Hard Rock Cafe in August. “Little Cakes is extremely honored to take home the top prize a second time after the grueling day of competing,” Hein said. “The competition was fiercer this time and I felt the company had more at stake.” “This is one of the ways our chamber helps our members get the word about about what they do,” said Bev Jorgensen, the Chamber’s vice president of corporate and member relations.

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