When I Grow Up...

On Monday Dorothy, our Executive Pastry Chef and I had a great opportunity to do a demonstration at a local preschool.  There were 24 four and five year olds that couldn't have been better students.  With Spring upon us and Easter just a few days away we thought it would be nice to demonstrate "Bunny Grass Patch Cupcakes."  It was a simple project that helped utilize the fine motor skills these little minds are learning to master in their early education. 

Here is what you will need...

  • Cupcake mix
  • Whipped Icing (white or brown)
  • green food coloring
  • coconut
  • Nestle egg shaped chocolates
  • Black decorating gel
  • Sprinkles (not sugar sprinkles as you will need to use one of these for each eye)
  • Mini tootsie rolls
  • Large spoon
  • Small knife or cutting utensil
  • Jelly beans


  • Bake & cool your favorite cupcake (we made confetti cupcakes)
  • Frost with whipped icing


  • In a small bag mix in a few drops of green food coloring with coconut.  Shake until the coconut is green throughout.
  • Sprinkle to coconut on the frosting leaving a bare spot in center of the cupcake for the bunny!
  • Unwrap one Nestle egg shaped chocolate (this will be the body of the bunny)
  • Use the decorating gel to make the nose and mouth of the bunny on the pointy end of the chocolate
  • Place a small dot of icing where the eyes should be placed and attach a small round sprinkle for each eye
  • Place chocolate bunny on center of the cupcake with nose pointing up
  • Take 2 tootsie rolls and flatten using a large spoon
  • Ask an adult to help you cut out an ear shape
  • Attach ears to back of bunny
  • Place jelly beans on the grass
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If interested in securing a demonstration event, please contact Jenny Minino with Upstream Catering and Bakery for more details.  402.301.4022 or jminino@upstreambrewing.com


Extreme Cakes!

Thank you KMTV Channel 3 Up Front at 4!  We had a blast working with you on this feature!  Take a peek for yourself to see what you may or may not have missed.  Dorothy Thompson really does think..."Outside the Box!"

Jenny Minino - Catering Sales Manager for Upstream Catering 

Trick or Treat

October is what I like to refer to as the kick off to the upcoming holiday season.   Halloween…Thanksgiving…Hanukkah…Christmas…Kwanzaa…New Year’s!  That’s a lot of festivities in just 63 days and we love every minute of it!  This is the time of year that we are busy working with many of you, creating memorable family gatherings and/or company holiday festivities that leave any palate satisfied but also craving more!  Deliveries are in full swing, holiday parties are being secured, celebratory events are happening all around town and lots of creative and entertaining cakes are going out the door!

Dorothy Thompson, the Executive Pastry Chef for Upstream Catering & Upstream Brewing Company has been in the treat business for over 22 years and one of her specialties is crafting custom cakes and other desserts that are sometimes a little too realistic and may even  leave you asking, “Is this a Trick?  Or a Treat?”  No tricks here…these cakes will cure any sweet tooth!

Jenny Minino ~ Off Premise Catering Sales Manager