Featured photo Adobe Stock | Maksim Shebeko. All other photos courtesy of Diana Karklin
This Goshen native takes baking to the next level with creatively delicious cakes, cookies, and more in the Hudson Valley.
Diana Karklin doesn’t remember the first time she baked something. But what she can recall is the first time she got a custom order. Her cousin was throwing a Dr. Seuss-themed baby shower and she made Thing One and Thing Two cupcakes.
“I was scared as all heck because I was like, ‘I have to serve these to a room full of people who’ll eat them in front of me,'” says Karklin. She shouldn’t have worried. Not only did they turn out better than she imagined, but the shower guests insisted she should go pro.
That was 10 years ago. Now 29, Karklin is whipping up such swoon-worthy treats as cannoli cupcakes, Oreo-stuffed chocolate-chip cookies, and gorgeous made-to-order cakes.
Social media provides plenty of inspiration, but then she puts her own spin on things. Take Karklin’s cookies-and-cream cupcakes, one of her top sellers. She puts Oreos throughout—crushed inside the vanilla batter and frosting, hidden in the middle of the batter, and topping the cupcake.
While she occasionally sets up a booth at events (like Goshen’s annual Great American Weekend), she mainly sells online. But that may change: Karklin is renovating a horse trailer and hopes to finish outfitting it by December. That means her desserts may soon be traveling to an event or a party near you.
To place an order, visit hellocupcake-dianak.com at least two weeks in advance of when you need them. For the holidays, there will be apple cider donut cakes and cupcakes, along with other seasonal desserts like peppermint mocha and hot-cocoa cupcakes and, of course, her always-popular chocolate chip cookies.
For cupcakes, there’s a 12-per-flavor minimum. Follow Karklin on Instagram or Facebook: If she has any order leftovers, she’ll post that info—and, word of warning, they sell out fast. She’ll deliver the goods for a fee, or you can go to Goshen to pick them up on her porch. And yes, they’re worth the trip.