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AJs Baking Company’s Andrea Maue cooks up birthday party goodness in Temecula, Murrieta

AJs Baking Company's Andrea Maue (courtesy photo)

AJs Baking Company’s Andrea Maue (courtesy photo)

When it comes to choosing a location and event for a birthday party, brownie, Mom’s club, or homeschool outing, there is no better place to learn, have fun, and engage with your children than AJ’s Baking Company in Temecula, California.

Owned by Andrea Maue, 2012 Food Network Cupcake Wars winner, baker, chef, caterer, and business woman, AJs offers baking classes, cooking classes, and more monthly, orchestrated through their growing Facebook Fan page. “Our baking classes teach kids how to be clean and safe in the kitchen, as well as how baking can be fun.” Said Maue.

Temecula's Kitchen Station was the location for the AJs Baking Company birthday party

Temecula’s Kitchen Station was the location for the AJs Baking Company birthday party

Baking classes are taught at Temecula’s Kitchen Station, a rental kitchen set up for small businesses in need of industrial kitchen ovens. While Maue has been successful here, she is rapidly outgrowing the space. “We are on the hunt for space of our own, looking forward to a place AJs Baking Company can call home.” Maue said.

AJs Crudités with baking party

AJs Crudités with baking party

For a nervous party planner handing over the reins might be a challenge, but with Michele Stice on the case –party planner and fun-times coordinator extraordinaire for AJs Baking Company, the little details are handled. For this party, we handed over the number of girls, ages, and number of grown-ups who would be in attendance. Also, birthday girl’s favorite colors were taken into question — in our case, purple and blue.

Crudités at AJs baking party in Temecula

Crudités at AJs baking party in Temecula

To counteract all of the sugar, crudites were offered that included icy waters, a raw veggie melange served up with dips, as well as a meat and cheese platter, alongside Andrea Maue’s signature candied pecans. “I put in a little zip, with some cayenne pepper.” Maue said.

And the zip with crumbled blue cheese was enough to have every grown up in attendance sit up and take note. The pecans, as well as signature butter creme frosting are available for sale at Murrieta’s Farmstead Market.

Andrea Maue educates and teaches girls about baking and kitchen cleanliness, safety and fun!

Andrea Maue educates and teaches girls about baking and kitchen cleanliness, safety and fun!

First steps to baking, is kitchen cleanliness and safety. Closed-toed shoes, hand washing, rags in sanitized water for quick spillage mop-ups (of which there were many), and most of all, how to have fun!

Girls listening to lesson on how to separate eggs

Girls listening to lesson on how to separate eggs

Yes. You’re going to touch the eggs. Each kid who was brave enough learned how to properly separate eggs. The look of satisfaction on their faces when properly cracked, yolks to one, whites to the other. With minimal shell damage, all handled in stride by master baker, Andrea Maue.

Turning egg whites to meringue

Turning egg whites to meringue

A science experiment in the making, kids watched in awe as the mixer spun, and liquid whites whipped to solids before their eyes. Light, fluffy meringue to be folded into the light, airy cupcake batter which won Andrea Maue cupcake wars on the Food Network in 2012.

Rapt bakers in training learn to fold cupcake batter together

Rapt bakers in training learn to fold cupcake batter together

Now, what is the difference between folding and stirring? The birthday girl got a hands-on lesson with proper technique in this professional kitchen setting.

Scooping batter to muffin cups

Scooping batter to muffin cups

Each learned the utensil of choice was the ice cream scoop, for perfect amount of cupcake batter to muffin cups.

While cupcakes bake, little bakers decorate their aprons!

While cupcakes bake, little bakers decorate their aprons!

While the cupcakes did their work in TKS’s convection ovens, the little bakers in AJs Baking Company’s birthday party switched over to decorating their aprons, chef’s hats, or tote bags with the array of stamps, paints, and ingenuity to make each one completely unique. A perfect take home craft for this birthday baking party.

Decorating while watching real life food network celebrity Andrea Maue at work on "Cupcake Wars"

Decorating while watching real life food network celebrity Andrea Maue at work on “Cupcake Wars”

Much to the baker’s in training’s surprise, they got to watch the episode of cupcake wars where chef and baker Andrea Maue won the 2012 Food Network Show. Modestly, Maue spoke of her time on the Food Network show, “It was amazing, the helpers we had, these culinary arts students who were there to help us. I wanted to take each one of them home with me, they were so helpful!” Of the show, and winning, Maue just smiles. “It was an amazing day with my sister-in-law (Corie Maue). Something I’ll never forget.”

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Creativity abounds on the take-home apron craft.

Switching from crafting the perfect kitchen wear to frosting 101, Andrea Maue dished up the perfect butter cream frosting, for which she has become so renowned. “This is one of our items that will soon be sold at Murrieta’s Farmstead Market.” Michele Stice said.

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The most eye-opening, jaw dropping, light, delicious, no preservative butter cream frosting you have ever tasted. Thanks AJs Baking Company of Temecula

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Perhaps not baking perfect, but perfect for our baking party. Cupcakes for all to frost with Andrea Maue’s famous butter cream frosting.

All are surprised when they learn their instructor WON cupcake wars on the Food Network in 2012!

All are surprised when they learn their instructor WON cupcake wars on the Food Network in 2012!

Now that the crafty part of the party was done, it was all about the frosting, and the unique and beautiful edible gems that each girl could top their cupcake’s with. “It looks like real pearls!” One tiny-baker said.

Frosting. Delicious.

Frosting. Delicious.

Kids get hands on chances to load up their own frosting bags, learning tricks of the trade, like how to keep frosting from dripping everywhere, to how to keep the pastry bag neat prior to the decorating process. Mothers took note, paying attention, and learning right along with their kids.

Girls can do anything. Frosting cupcakes? No problem.

Girls can do anything. Frosting cupcakes? No problem.

The different frosting tips were explained, but it was the handwriting tip that got the most attention. Chef Andrea frosted one for the birthday girl…

Special birthday girl cupcake!

Special birthday girl cupcake!

And fun-times Michele Stice poked frosting in her face. Because this birthday girl all but begged for it. And we  thought we wouldn’t see this until her wedding day.

Frosting in the face! loving every minute of it.

Frosting in the face! loving every minute of it.

What does that amazing cupcake taste like? This first bite “WOW” says it all.

First bite of her creation, equals cupcake decorating bliss.

First bite of her creation, equals cupcake decorating bliss.

With a face full of sugar, all guests sampled and enjoyed their creations…as well as were able to wrap up a cupcake or two to take home for their siblings. Creativity was encouraged as the kids got free rein to go wild with their cupcakes.

Frosting smiles.

Frosting smiles.

Cupcakes were sent home in individual containers, to be enjoyed later.

Tiny works of art.

Tiny works of art.

And even grandparents had a hand in making one or two for themselves.

Even granddad got into the spirit!

Even granddad got into the spirit!

"Fall of Fall" cupcake splendor. Creativity abounds at AJs Baking Company Birthday party

“Fall of Fall” cupcake splendor. Creativity abounds at AJs Baking Company Birthday party

At last, time for presents and thanks to all who came for the creative, fun, engaging baking birthday party at A.J.s Baking Company.

Presents! Of course, time to open presents.

Presents! Of course, time to open presents.

Sugar rush at AJs Baking Company!

Sugar rush at AJs Baking Company!

Chef Andrea and the birthday girl became fast friends, and we’re looking forward to learning many more baking and cooking lessons in years to come.

Birthday Girl's best day -- tiny bakers love to learn from Andrea Maue of AJs Baking Company

Birthday Girl’s best day — tiny bakers love to learn from Andrea Maue of AJs Baking Company

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ajsbakingco

email: andrea@ajsbaking.com or call: 951-490-7997

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

One comment on “AJs Baking Company’s Andrea Maue cooks up birthday party goodness in Temecula, Murrieta

  1. Kay rather
    October 18, 2013

    Great party!

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