What's happening in our Ridgewood, Englewood
and Montclair, NJ cupcake shops
On this page we will let you know what we've been up to. Much of what you'll find here has to do with charity, the local area, and giving back to our loyal customers.
Cupcakes by Carousel is dedicated to supporting our Ridgewood, Englewood and Montclair communities and causes we hold dear. In the past we have supported numerous non-profit organizations in the area and continue to do what we can to support those groups. We encourage you to do the same. Lend your time, expertise, knowledge and service to a charitable organization - we will all be the better for it!
"Life without cupcakes is like a tree without blossoms or fruit"
A yummy deal!
Bring in your Montclair Film Festival ticket in to our Montcalir shop and get a FREE coffee or tea with any cupcake purchase.
Easter Celebration in Ridgewood is March 30th!
Join in the Egg Hunt and meet the Easter Bunny! Visit Ridgewood's business district and enjoy all the fun family events! But be sure to stop at Cupcakes by Carousel! Try a delicious Easter cupcake and take a shot at guessing the amount of jelly beans in our jar! Winner receives 12 cupcakes; second place receives 6 cupcakes, and third place receives a dozen babycakes! Give it a try!
Have a Heart, Make a Difference
During the month of February, we will donate a portion of sales for every purchased Red Velvet cupcake or Red Velvet cake with a "heart" to the American Heart Association. This is the same delicious red velvet cake and cupcake made famous by Oprah Winfrey in "O" Magazine... twice! Now it's one of our best selling cupcakes. The delicious cream cheese frosting is topped with a sweet sugar heart. Missing your loved ones? Send them cupcakes for home delivery!
Grab your ear muffs... and your sweet tooth!
It's holiday tree lighting time! The overwhelming sense of joy and togetherness fills the air and communities come together. Stop in to our shop on the evening of the tree lighting in Ridgewood or Montclair. Have a cupcake, warm up with coffee or hot cocoa and embrace the spirit of the season!
Tie Dye for a Good Cause!
On Sunday, November 18th our Englewood shop will be helping to raise money for a great cause, She's the First. She's the First works to help girls in developing countries become the first in their family to graduate. Stop in and enjoy a tie dye cupcake and $1 of each tie dye cupcake purchase will go towards She's the First.
There's still time! Now until October 31st, the Bergen County Magazine (201) has opened its polls for you to voice your opinion and choose the Best Cupcakes in Bergen County. If you love our cupcakes, please support us by voting.
Do something sweet with something sweet. This October, we will donate $1 of every pink ribbon cupcake sold during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Help us find a cure by treating yourself to our rich and smooth pink velvet cake. Stop by any of our cupcake shops to help us fight breast cancer!
For the entire month of September, you can support local children with cancer by purchasing specially designed commemorative cupcakes. 10% of the proceeds from the sales of these cupcakes will to donated to Go4theGoal. On September 27th and 29th, $1.00 from each of these special cupcakes sold will be donated to Go4theGoal. Click here to learn more about Go 4 the Goal.
YAY Team USA!
Show your national pride in this summer's Olympics with our delicious cupcakes! Decorated with the Olympic rings on top, they're sure to please. Pre-order today!
Vote for us in Best of Essex!
Please take a moment and give us your vote as your favorite bakery (and favorite cupcake!) in Suburban Essex! We appreciate your time and offer the SWEETEST of thanks! Voting ends September 17th. Winners to be announced in the November issue of Suburban Essex magazine.
Yo-Tiki 2012! Take a FREE yoga class RIGHT ON Church Street in Montclair on Friday, June 8th from 7:30-8:30pm. Grab your mat and get there early! Then stick around for some of our FREE cupcakes! (more info)
Hurray for the Easter Parade and Bunny Express!
Ridgewood's Easter Parade steps off at 11am on April 7th! Then hop on and hop off the Bunny Express trolly just like the Easter Bunny! Visit Ridgewood's business district and enjoy all the fun family events! But be sure to stop at Cupcakes by Carousel! Visit with Truman the Dragon! Then try a delicious Easter cupcake and get a photo with one of our "Cupcake Bunnies"!
Now Open in Montclair, NJ!
We have opened our third location in Montclair and brought along our delicious cupcakes, cakes and other fine desserts with us. Join us for the ribbon cutting on March 31st at 11:45am.
The Montclair Patch featured us, read the article here.
"Purple Day" is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people from around the globe wear purple to promote awareness about epilepsy. Purple Day was founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada.
For every purple cupcake sold in the month of March, we will donate 10% to The Anita Kaufmann Foundation to help with Epilepsy Awareness.
Hulafrog included our Ridgewood and Englewood cupcake shops in their list of the top 10 Sweet Shops in the Ridgewood-Paramus, NJ area. See the top ten list here.
A BIG, sweet Treat
We are starting out the new year with a big, sweet treat. Our new JUMBO cupcake is readily available in chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet at our Ridgewood and Englewood cupcake shops as well as our Nanuet, NY bakery. It can also be special ordered with custom colors and fillings making it perfect for birthday parties and other special events. Each JUMBO cupcake feeds 14-20 people. Please note custom orders require 72 hours' notice.
Girl Scouts Visit
We had a fantastic time meeting the talented girls of Girl Scouts Troop 4176 from Stillman School in Tenafly. The girls visited our Englewood shop the afternoon of November 2nd. We spoke to them about the history of our bakery and cupcake shops and how to run a delicious business. All the girls showed off beautiful hand drawn pictures of unique cupcake flavors they designed themselves. Then we all enjoyed some tasty cupcakes!
Go 4 the Goal Cupcakes 2011 Results
With the combined cupcake sales, donations and help of the students at Bergen Academy and the Girl Scout troop of Hawes Elementary School, we raised $1,500 for Go 4 Goal! We want to thank everyone who supported this cause.
Romantic Red Velvet Heart Cupcakes featured in (201) Bride
(201) Bride featured our Valentine's Day inspired Red Velvet Heart cupcakes in their Summer 2011 issue. Cupcakes are becoming a popular treat for brides and a tower of our delicious and rich Red Velvet Heart cupcakes is the perfect match for a romantic wedding. "Serve cupcakes with a heart and start your life on a sweet note"
Bergen Health & Life Best Cupcakes
We were thrilled to find out that readers of the magazine Bergen Health & Life rated us having some of the best cupcakes in Bergen County during their 2011 Readers' Choice Awards. We want to sincerely thank all the readers who voted for us.
Englewood Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
To celebrate and make the opening of our new Englewood cupcake shop official, we held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, September 12. Friends and family joined us for this happy occasion. From the major's office, Arielle Saposh did the honor of cutting the ribbon and Karen Miller from the Englewood Chamber of Commerce attended the event. We had a great time and everyone enjoyed some of our delicious baby cakes. Be sure to stop by our newly-officiated Englewood cupcake shop!
Englewood Cupcake Shop Now Open!
Cupcakes by Carousel has opened an additional shop at 31 North Dean Street in Englewood, NJ! Stop by our new location for a varied collection of delicious gourmet cupcakes and free cupcake temporary tattoos!
Gluten-Free Cupcakes from
Get Fresh Bakehouse
We have teamed up with fellow bakers at Get Fresh Bakehouse in Fairfield, NJ to provide you with delicious gluten-free cupcakes. The bakers at Get Fresh work in a gluten-free baking facility and use premium ingredients to bake up their delicious cupcakes. Gluten-free cupcakes are now available at both of our Cupcakes by Carousel shops.
The Best Cupcakes in Bergen
Now until October 31st, the Bergen County Magazine (201) has opened its polls for the public to voice their opinion and choose the Best Cupcakes in Bergen County for 2012. With your support and votes we could be featured in their 2012 Best of Bergen issue. If you love our cupcakes, please support us by voting.
Click here to vote
(You can also vote for us for Best Bakery!)
Jewish High Holiday Desserts
We are now taking orders for the Jewish Holidays at either of our Cupcakes by Carousel shops or our Carousel Cakes Wholesale Outlet in Nanuet, New York. Some of our offerings include Marty's famous rugulah and our chocolate covered mandelbrot. You can view our Kosher certification here. Please fill out this order form and bring it to either of our Cupcakes by Carousel shops or our Carousel Cakes Wholesale Outlet in Nanuet, New York. You can also call in your order by calling 845-627-2323 (there is a three item minimum when calling in your order).
Comfort Zone Fundraiser!
Help send a child who has lost a parent or guardian to Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children. Cupcakes by Carousel will be donating $1 for each Comfort Zone cupcake sold from June 25-26th! Stop in to our Ridgewood shop for a weekend treat!
From May 2nd through May 8th, we will be donating $1 to Team Fox for Parkinson's Disease research for every tulip cupcake we sell.
Goodness for a cause
For every orange cupcake sold during the month of March, we will donate $1 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Cupcakes with Buddy
On March 13th, we participated in a fantastic event, "Cupcakes with Buddy", which raises awareness for epilepsy awareness. Organized by the Anita Kaufmann Foundation, thirteen bakeries, including Cupcakes by Carousel, created delicious purple cupcakes and all the proceeds went toward epilepsy awareness and funding for related programs. It was a wonderful day, we met a lot of great people and even met Buddy from the popular show Cake Boss! To learn more about the Anita Kaufmann Foundation and epilepsy awareness, please visit their website.
Parisian-style Macaroons... Gluten-free Goodness!
Treat yourself to something sweet with our delicious macaroons! Macaroons like the ones from Laduree in Paris! These precious little delicacies sandwich two cakey cookies together with a delicious buttercream filling. They are melt in your mouth goodness. And since they're gluten-free, everyone at your table will say "Oooh la la!" Stop by our Ridgewood Shop for a taste today.
Ridgewood's Annual Tree Lighting celebrates its 25th Anniversary
Join us on December 3rd to help celebrate the lighting of Ridgewood's tree! Lots of family fun, and be sure to stick around after the lighting to see Santa! And don't forget to get your free coffee or hot chocolate to warm you up (with purchase of any cupcake)!.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Fundraising Results
We are proud to announce that we have raised $1,000 through the sale of our pink velvet cakes and cupcakes towards the fight against Breast Cancer. Thank you to everyone who supported the cause! Read more about this cause and the organization we worked with, Angels of Hope, on our blog.
Calling all monsters, goblins and every fairy princess!
Come and trick or treat with Cupcakes by Carousel on Halloween Day!
Ghoulish mini-cupcakes to be had!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Our delicious pink Velvet Cake... Smooth as velvet, this rich mild-chocolate flavored cake in a perfectly beautiful shade of rich pink is topped with a pure thick creamy cheese cake frosting. Moist and delicious, this Pink Velvet Cake is sure to please! $2.00 per cake will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Cupcakes for a Cure
(Go 4 the Goal fundraiser)
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. Blake Buffa, a Ho-Ho-Kus 4th grader, and Michael Feeney, a Ridgewood 2nd grader are two great kids who are suffering from pediatric cancer. They had a great time designing their own signature cupcakes and will be selling them to raise money for a cure. We will be selling their cupcakes for $2.75 and donating $1.00 per cupcake. On Sunday, September 12th both kids will be outside the shop selling their tasty creations at the Ridgewood Street Fair. Come support this great cause now till the end of September. For more information on Blake and Michael visit: Go 4 the Goal
THE RESULTS ARE IN... Go 4 the Goal was a great success. We are donating $971.00 to help find a cure. Another $600.00 was donated by caring people who happened by. Everyone had a great time!
Cast your Vote for Cupcakes by Carousel
Now until the end of October, the Bergen County Magazine (201) has its polls open for the public to voice their opinion and choose the Best Bakery in Bergen County. The winning bakery will be featured in their 2011 Best of Bergen issue. We hope that you will support us by voting.
Vote for us at www.201.net
(HINT: If you love our cupcakes extra-much,
you can vote more than once!)
Ridgewood Sidewalk Days, August 5th thru 7th
Come and spend the day walking about Ridgewood. Get your shop on and then stop by Cupcakes by Carousel for a FREE mini cupcake (while supplies last), FREE toppings on icing shots or a $10 deal on 4 pre-packaged cupcakes! Plus, the kids can color their own cupcake picture! Stop by and visit us!
Ridgewood Parade, July 5th
Blue skies, sunshine and fantastic neighbors made for a great parade this year in Ridgewood, NJ! From the flag-raising to the festive floats, the celebration had a little something for everyone. And Cupcakes by Carousel loved handing out a special treat to parade-goers - we gave away 1000 free mini-cupcakes! Yum!
Lend a Helping Hand for the United Way
During the month of July, Cupcakes by Carousel will donate $1 to the United Way for every Blue & White cupcake sold! The United Way is dedicated to identifying and resolving community issues. Let's make a difference!
Celebrate an amazing year with 1000 free cupcakes!
Join us at the parade! Thank you for making our first year a sweet success... and so much fun! We look forward to serving many more sweet delights in the years to come. Let's all celebrate with cupcakes! We'll be giving away 1000 festive mini-cupcakes during the Ridgewood parade on July 5th!
Comfort Zone Fundraiser was a Success!
On June 5th, Cupcakes by Carousel sold over 400 S'mores cupcakes to help send a child who has lost a parent or guardian to Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children. Free massages were given by Namaste Organic Spa. Between cupcake proceeds, a matching donation from Kohl's department store and community donations, we are happy to be able to send 3 children to camp this summer!
Time to grab your crayons, kids (and kids at heart!). We're going to have our logo for everyone to color in during Ridgewood's Sidewalk Sale on May 15th. But for those who can't wait to get coloring, download the page now!
For every Sparkle Cupcake sold during the month of April, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Idol Gives Back program. Idol Gives Back has raised over $140 million to benefit charities around the world and across the United States, including the Children's Health Fund and Feeding America, among others.
It's a Carousel Cakes CAKE GIVEAWAY! Hurry for your chance to win!
Carousel Cakes has donated a Chocolate Mousse Supreme cake for 100StreetCafe.com's Giveaway contest! Simply visit the Carousel Cakes website, then tell 100StreetCafe.com which product is your favorite! Additional entries available through Facebook, Twitter, and more! Check out 100StreetCafe.com for more details!
Ridgewood Cupcake for Scholarship Program
Cupcakes by Carousel will donate $1.00 per Ridgewood cupcake sold throughout the entire month of January to Ridgewood High School's scholarship program.
National Cupcake Day Art Contest Winners!
Congratulations to our winner, Jessica Nunes, grade 5. She receives 2 dozen cupcakes, and her artwork will be featured in our store and on our calendar cover!
Our other winners each won a box of baby cakes and are featured in the 2010 calendar:
National Cupcake Day Art Contest!
Cupcakes by Carousel is holding a cupcake art contest in honor of National Cupcake Day, December 15th! So grab your paintbrush, crayons, construction paper... whatever! And you could win free cupcakes! Submissions due by December 5th. (Contest open to children age 13 and under. Download registration form for how to enter and complete contest rules.)
Ridgewood Newcomers Holiday Boutique
Cupcakes by Carousel is participateing in the Ridgewood Newcomers Holiday Boutique on Thursday, November 19th. We will be selling holiday pies and Thanksgiving baby cakes (mini cupcakes). Stop by and pick up something special. Boutique is being held at the Unitarian Church, 113 Cottage Place, from 9:30am-4pm.
"What We Do Together Makes a Difference" in the Fight Against AIDS
For every Red Ribbon Awareness cupcake sold in the month of November, Cupcakes by Carousel will donate $1 to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Their impact is the result of millions of simple gestures of generosity and concern that come together as one phenomenal show of support for people with HIV/AIDS and their families. Learn more about their cause on the Broadway Cares website.
Cupcakes by Carousel Joins Forces with Betsey Johnson in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and from October 2nd through the 7th, a Breast Cancer Awarness fundraising event took place at Betsy Johnson's retail store in Hackensack, NJ.
Cupcakes by Carousel was proud to be a sponsor of the five day event and contributed hundreds of cupcakes for the cause. All of the procedes from cupcakes will go directly to Breast Cancer Research.
Cupcakes by Carousel was proud to be a sponsor of the five day event and contributed hundreds of cupcakes for the cause. All of the procedes from cupcakes will go directly to Breast Cancer Research. And for the entire month of October, we contributed $1.00 for every pink velvet cupcake sold and $2.00 for every pink Velvet Cake we sold at our store.