Kingston, NY 12401
Make-your-own-sundae parties were great when you were a kid, but they’re seasonal (not popular in teeth-chattering weather) and messy; once the ice cream melts, the party’s over. Enter John M. Hlywiak and his company’s cupcake bar. John — aka JJ, aka “the muscle behind the sweetness” — brings a table and tons of cupcakes right to your event for you to mix and match your favorite flavors and toppings. It’s sort of like a salad bar, but way more indulgent: You choose a naked cupcake, a flavored filling, frosting, and fixins’, then top it with as many sweet treats as you desire. JJ’s cupcakes were featured at the 2011 Mercedes Benz Fashion Night Out in NYC (yes, fashion people eat cake), but this Kingston cupcake biz keeps it local as much as possible, right down to its ingredients. Try flavors like the 1928 (a mini pineapple upside down cake), French toast with maple syrup frosting, and everything from apple- to decadently chocolate-flavored variations. Cupcakes range from $15 to $30 per dozen.