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Chef designs Stanley Cup cupcake

Jen Bell, owner of Bell
Jen Bell, owner of Bell's Bake Shop in Steveston, has designed an edible tribute to the Vancouver Canucks.
— image credit: Seung Chul-Baik photo

Bell's Bake Shop is hardly a hockey hotbed. Walls in the Steveston shop are yellow, not blue and green. The specialties are devil's food and red velvet cupcakes, not pretzels and Molson Canadians.

But on Canucks game days, keen-eyed cupcake consumers might find something of interest behind the counter—a cupcake made in the likeness of Lord Stanley's Cup.

Shop owner and chief cupcake creator Jen Bell admits having little interest in sports, but can't seem to avoid frenzied hockey fans.

It's her own fault.

With fond summer memories of her mother baking cupcakes inside ice-cream cones, Bell was planning to do the same. But after fiddling with a cone, she couldn't help but see the resemblance to the hallowed Cup.

She took fondant, shaped it into a bowl to top the upside-down cone, and covered the prize in silver edible paint.

Bell had made a miniature, edible Stanley Cup.

"How much closer could you get with a piece of food, really," said Bell at her First Avenue shop.

Fittingly, the patriotic cake is maple with a maple butter cream centre.

Reluctantly, she's making a batch for game days—priced at $3.50 each—and is also taking special orders.

Word has spread.

She has a few orders for Saturday, and on Thursday she fielded a call from a customer who wants a batch shipped to Washington DC.

Said Bell: "I'm not on the bandwagon, it's just a beautiful piece of sculpture. Anybody can see it and know what it is."

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