Fairfield’s Bonkers cupcakes bring joy to owner and customers


FAIRFIELD — A new candy company is a passion project born out of the pandemic.

Kris Stevens said he and his son, Mike Stevens, started Bonkers Cupcakes while at home during the pandemic, discussing jobs that would make them happy and make others happy.

“We just started talking about doing something new,” he said. “We have been passionate bakers for many years. So we concocted the idea of ​​making Bonkers Cupcakes while we were in lockdown.

Bonkers Cupcakes, located at 1618 Post Rd, had its grand opening on Wednesday, and Stevens said business was good. For passers-by, he said the coffee buttercream on the chocolate cupcake is his favorite.

“I think our chocolate cake is really special, but coffee and chocolate together is just something that makes me very excited,” he said. “I have to try to stay away from these puppies.”

Stevens said he owns a software company, while his son is trained in physics and computer programming. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, his company sold its main product.

“I thought I was retired,” he said. “But it turned out that I was really, really bad in retirement. I have a lot of extra energy. I was mowing my lawn four times a week and looking for things to do.

Corporate jobs aren’t all that fun, Stevens said, and he and his son started the business as a way to start doing something more fulfilling.

“Something a bit rewarding, where you come home at the end of the day and say, ‘Hey, that was awesome,'” he said.

Stevens said cupcakes and pies are the store’s main products, but the company will also offer a rotating selection of treats, like cream puffs and cookies. He said they also roast their own coffee.

Cupcakes are the main product, Stevens said, because he and his son mostly imagined Bonkers to be a delivery business, and cupcakes are sustainable.

In fact, Stevens said part of the Bonkers Cupcakes business model is the Bonkers Car – a vehicle filled with cupcakes that roams the area and can be summoned on their app. He said the car will be on a different circuit each night.

“Kind of like an ice cream truck, but with technology,” he said. “We’ll have boxes and boxes of fresh cupcakes in the car for you to grab in the evening when the sugar craving hits.”

Stevens said the response he has received from the community has been humbling so far. During the March 16 soft opening, he said, organic word of mouth brought people to the store.

“On the second day, we completely sold out,” he said. “We thought, ‘We can’t let this happen again.’ So on Friday we did a lot more and we almost sold out. Saturday we did a lot, a lot more and we sold again. Business went up from there.

Stevens said the grand opening was their best day by far. He said the social media feedback has been fantastic.

“It’s kind of humbling, because we’re having a great time baking cupcakes, and so if we can have a great time baking cupcakes and making people happy, that’s really all I want from the life at this point,” he said. “The kids jumping here and being enthusiastic are the highlight of my career. If I bake good cupcakes and make people happy, I’ll do it for as long as I can stand.

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