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June 29th, 2020

Happy Birthday, Mignon!

This month's birthday girl has a 4th of July birthday that's sure to be as sparkly as she.


The Cupcake Collection
2917 Magazine St.
Unit 102
New Orleans

Our July Birthday Girl is Mignon Francois, owner of The Cupcake Collection. Using her “Follow Your Spirit” mantra in daily life, the dessert guru brings smiles to faces, thanks to her award-winning cupcakes—she's sold over five million since launching her business inspired by her grandmother's recipe.

Happy birthday, Mignon! What's the best part about having a 4th of July birthday?
As a person who loves to celebrate people, it’s so fitting that I was born on this day. I feel like everybody is celebrating because of me. When I tell people my birthday is July 4, they say it makes total sense because I’m a real firecracker.

Finish this sentence: Cupcakes equal ______.
Love. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cake. I can eat cake for breakfast every day!

Most popular flavors?
Our customers gravitate toward our Southern-inspired flavors, with sweet potato being at the top of that list! It is a Cupcake Collection original and our #1 seller. It’s a hit at weddings, baby showers and other celebrations. That cake has won us so many awards, we like to say it #SOYAMGOOD. If you ever have sweet potato cupcake anywhere else, it wants to be this one.
What are your favorite New Orleans phrases or words?
When people hear I’m from New Orleans they love to hear me say “baby!” We say baby in such a way that makes you feel loved and celebrated at the same time. My personal favorite phrase is “Others may only eat to live, but in New Orleans we live to eat!” Food is a destination, celebration and invitation in New Orleans.
Three local businesses to which you can't wait to return? 
West London BoutiqueThe Munch Factory and Minnie’s Daughter Café.
Must-have kitchen utensils?
I have a beautiful multicolored rolling pin from a small business in Nashville called The Riley/Land Collection. It’s a conversation piece and one of my most prized kitchen tools. Each piece in their collection is uniquely handcrafted from a variety of different trees. I love giving their cutting boards as gifts, as well. If you get one, you know you are loved.
We hear your have some four-legged customers. 
It’s our first full summer for our Pupcake Collection! I love seeing the all the dogs bring their humans over for cupcakes! The line was inspired by my granddog Sir Barkley. He was a rescue and we have had dogs over the years with dietary restrictions. As a dog lover, it was important for me to create something that they could safely enjoy because our dogs are family. Our pupcakes are sugar-free and gluten-free and are made with premium ingredients like peanut butter, carrots, pineapples, cinnamon and honey.
Tell us about the new "Everyday is Someone’s Birthday" campaign.
We noticed through our social media channels that a lot of people felt discouraged that they couldn’t celebrate their birthday in a traditional sense because of the COVID-19 pandemic so we decided to do something about it. Through the campaign, we give away a complimentary cupcake to people who visit us on their birthday. It’s our way of doing our part to support the community by sprinkling it full of joy.
Photo: @keptfrozen
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