As a professional food stylist, Cathy Paukner is accustomed to whipping up delicious recipes that taste as good as they look. Along with her culinary skills, the Easton resident is adept with animals. For 10 years, Ms. Paukner has held volunteer posts at PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society), a nonprofit organization in Norwalk that rescues and finds homes for homeless dogs and cats.
Last spring Ms. Paukner launched Cupcakes for a Cause, a part-time business that donates a portion of its proceeds to PAWS. “My passions are food and animals,” Ms. Paukner said. “What better way is there to combine these two interests?”
Ms. Paukner’s cupcakes are available in 16 flavors and in three different sizes — miniature, regular and jumbo. The Red Velvet Cupcake and the Carrot Cake Cupcake are two of her most requested treats. By the Sea, a chocolate cupcake topped with caramel frosting with a sprinkle of sea salt, and a Samoa Cupcake, modeled after the famous Girl Scouts cookie of the same name, are also popular, Ms. Paukner said.
“I find that cupcakes are a wonderful, whimsical alternative dessert,” she noted.
All her cupcakes are made to order. “Nothing is frozen,” she said. When placing an order, customers may mix different flavors. “Our standard cupcake is a tad bigger than most,” Ms. Paukner said.