The Park City side of cupcake war |

The Park City side of cupcake war

Few topics make better headlines than a cupcake lawsuit. That led to Mini’s Cupcakes in Salt Lake City and LuAnn’s Cupcakes in Park City making the evening news May 20 for a lawsuit over what is described as a "signature" design.

LuAnn Lukenbach, founder of the latter, said she couldn’t discuss the lawsuit, but was more than happy to talk about the cupcake craze captivating the country.

Utah is a little behind the rest of the nation in its love affair with cupcakes, but that’s OK because it means local bakers can improve on what’s already been done, she explained.

Lukenbach said she enjoys creating dessert-inspired styles. Strawberry shortcake is a huge hit and apple clafouti was inspired by a recipe she saw on the Food Network.

LuAnn’s began in January of last year. Lukenbach moved to Park City three years ago and was looking to start a business.

Lukenbach said she enjoys tea parties because of the intimate social atmosphere and the aesthetic of everything being in miniature.

"I love little events with little desserts, little foods, little sandwiches, little cups and plates," she explained. "Everything looks so cute in miniature."

So for the past 20 years she’s held an annual tea party for family and friends. One year she created five varieties of small cupcakes as the dessert. It’s hard to just pick one treat when everything looks good, she said. Her cupcakes are one-third the size of normal cups, so there’s no guilt in having three.

That allowed guests at her party to try all five varieties and say each was their favorite. So Lukenbach went into business making small cupcakes for parties, showers and special events. She delivers everywhere in Salt Lake City and Park City.

Last December, The Park City Market at Snow Creek Plaza agreed to carry them (half-dozen in the deli or full-dozen packs in the bakery). Special orders can be made from The Market or from

She recently had someone from Hong Kong order a dozen for relatives living in the area.

"The cupcake business is going well," she said.

Lukenbach said her goal all along has been to make cupcakes that look so good someone will buy them, and taste so good they’ll buy them again.

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