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Fort Myers Native Finds Purpose in Delectables in Wake of Uncertain Personal Times

Jan 18, 2018 08:22PM ● Published by Kevin

Perfectly Scrumptious owner Amanda Buckner-Wood and her mom, who she describes as her biggest cheerleader and best free help. Photo courtesy of Perfectly Scrumptious, LLC.

Bonita Springs business Perfectly Scrumptious started as a dream in a tiny kitchen in Pittsburgh, as owner and Southwest Florida native Amanda Buckner-Wood was facing one of her life's toughest battles to date. Born and raised in Fort Myers, Buckner-Wood recalls her adventurous taste in food at the very young age of 2, which eventually stemmed into a full-time endeavor and entrepreneurial adventure.

"When I went off to college I was unsure what my passion for life was, so I just took general classes in community college to buy time to find my passion," she said. "Shortly after moving away to Gainesville I found that I loved cooking and baking. I was spending all of my free time in the kitchen, cooking for my roommates and friends, and when I should have been doing homework, I was finding new recipes to try."

Putting two and two together, she decided in 2006 to go to culinary school, but couldn't figure out if her expertise would be sweet or savory. Since she truly loved them both, she said, she enrolled in the culinary program at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, because she had worked in restaurants and loved the fast-paced vibe.

Toward the end of her schooling, she became very ill, and that's when the decision was made for her. She said she was unable to tolerate the smell of savory food, let alone taste it. It took six weeks to figure out that it was her gallbladder failing that was making her so ill.

"In those six weeks, just to pass the time, I started making crazy cupcake flavors!" she said. "I immediately fell in love with baking cupcakes and everyone loved my creations! In one of the scariest times of my young life, I had found the thing I searched for, my passion and purpose!

Once her gallbladder was removed and finished school, Buckner-Wood moved home with the dream to open her gourmet cupcake shop. Unfortunately, 2008 was not the time to start a business in Southwest Florida, or anywhere for that matter, as the country was in the wake of its infamous recession at the time.

Buckner-Wood took a job at a restaurant, working in the kitchen, but never quit cupcakes. She said she baked for anyone who would let her, and quickly doubled, then tripled her flavor options.

In 2011, she finally had the opportunity to see her dream become a reality, and on Nov. 28 of the same year, she opened Perfectly Scrumptious inside of A Flower Boutique in Bonita Springs.

"In two and a half years I baked thousands and thousands of cupcakes, gained the most amazing clientele, and have been a part of the biggest days in people’s lives," she said.

In 2013, another dream came true for Buckner-Wood when she was selected to appear on the hit Food Network show, "Cupcake Wars." She moved her shop out into Handel’s Ice Cream in 2014.

"I am so blessed to be able to do the thing I love the most every single day, and the best part is I get to make people smile while I do it!" she said.

Besides one "amazing" assistant, who works on the weekends, Buckner-Wood carries the load for her mom-and-pop shop.

"Gourmet cupcakes are my specialty and flavor is my focus, as I make more than 100 different cupcake flavors and also allow you to create your own flavor," she said. "I love when my customers create their own flavor, because it gives me new fresh ideas and lets me get creative. It's my favorite thing ever!"

The Salted Caramel cupcake is by far the biggest seller, Buckner-Wood said, in addition to one of her personal favorites. She makes the caramel from scratch almost every day. Another personal favorite of her's is the Carrot Cake Cupcake. Other fan favorites include Red Velvet, Chocolate Lovers, Key Lime, and Champagne and Strawberries.

She also participates in annual events. Her favorite is the Taste of Freedom event hosted by the SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition!

For more information, visit PerfectlyScrumptious.com, Like the business on Facebook, or call 239-850-8741.

Tip From the Owner: Making the Perfect Chocolate Cupcake

"Making the perfect chocolate cupcake can be tricky, especially down here in SWFL, where the humidity and heat can make things challenging! Always make sure your ingredients are room temperature before trying to make your batter. I find adding just a little more cocoa powder than the recipe says can help give you the perfect texture down here.

"Always follow the directions of your recipe and don't skip a step. It may seem pointless, but they say baking is a science for a reason! Little things like adding the vanilla extract at the wrong time can make a big difference.

"Make sure you sift your dry ingredients together to ensure your salt, baking powder or soda are fully incorporated."

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    Looking for a fun golf league at a TEE-rific value and the chance to make some new friends this w...


  • Ladies' Night at The Paint Escape

    03/02/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Staged Scenes from great works of Opera and Broadway with Steffanie Pearce, professional soloists...


  • Carmen

    03/02/2018
    07:30PM

    All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen ...


  • Dreams of Nature

    03/02/2018
    07:30PM

    Opening the 2018 Spring Season, is Dreams of Nature, featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s triumphant ...


  • Jonathan Edwards

    03/02/2018
    08:00PM

    In 1971, Jonathan Edwards released a song of protest and independence that began with the lyrics,...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/02/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Downtown Farmers Market

    03/03/2018
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    The Cape Coral Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Cape Coral at the intersection of S.E. 47th...


  • Bonita Springs Farmers Market

    03/03/2018
    08:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through April 28th on the west side of the parking lot...


  • 81st annual Shell Festival

    03/03/2018
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    The House flings wide its doors (and grounds) for the 81st annual Shell Festival on Thursday, Mar...


  • The workshop is designed to give students a way to better understand how to draw the figure. W...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Our Top Rated Fine Art and Fine Craft Festivals are rated #2 in the Nation by sources ranking the...


  • Nature Hike

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join a park naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Historic Site. Learn som...


  • Join the community on Saturday, March 3 from 10am-3pm for a day of art in Rubicond Park at the Ca...


  • In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation, join Peter and Lucy on their travels to Narni...


  • Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ...


  • Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ...


  • Songwriter Saturdays

    03/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    The hit sounds and hip artists of Nashville are coming to Captiva Island — as 'Tween Waters Islan...


  • Dreams of Nature

    03/03/2018
    02:00PM

    Opening the 2018 Spring Season, is Dreams of Nature, featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s triumphant ...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/03/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Norma

    03/03/2018
    07:30PM

    In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in ...


  • Dreams of Nature

    03/03/2018
    07:30PM

    Opening the 2018 Spring Season, is Dreams of Nature, featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s triumphant ...


  • Improv Tonight!

    03/03/2018
    08:00PM

    Join us the first Saturday of every month for some of Southwest Florida’s best improvisational co...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/03/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • Sanibel Island Farmer's Market

    03/04/2018
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    The Sanibel Island Farmers Market was established in 2008. It is a favorite outdoor activity for...


  • Our Top Rated Fine Art and Fine Craft Festivals are rated #2 in the Nation by sources ranking the...


  • Manon Lescaut

    03/04/2018
    01:30PM

    Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/04/2018
    02:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Mondays with Marie

    03/05/2018
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Local artist, Marie Dyer, teaches a variety of workshops including landscape and silk painting fo...


  • Mondays with Marie

    03/05/2018
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Local artist, Marie Dyer, teaches a variety of workshops including landscape and silk painting fo...


  • Kid's Cooking Classes

    03/05/2018
    02:30PM — 05:30PM

    Must be at least 8 years old Explore Farm to table cooking Regional specialties & global flavo...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/06/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Surfside Sunset Market

    03/06/2018
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    The Surfside Sunset Market is located at The Shops at Surfside. From November through April, the ...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/06/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Norma

    03/06/2018
    07:30PM

    In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/06/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • Rotary Club of Bonita Springs: Weekly Meeting

    03/07/2018
    07:00AM — 08:30AM

    Meetings are every Wednesday morning at the Bonita Bay Country Club. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. a...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/07/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Open Mic Night at The French Press

    03/07/2018
    06:30PM — 09:30PM

    Grab your instrument, warm up your voice, Wednesdays from 6:30- 9:30pm.


  • Audubon Society Speaker

    03/07/2018
    06:30PM

    CROW is honored to have the Executive Director of the Florida Audubon society as a special guest ...


  • Carmen

    03/07/2018
    07:30PM

    All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/07/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • Birdwatching

    03/08/2018
    09:00AM — 10:30AM

    Each Thursday morning, we offer a walking tour to discover the birds of Sanibel Island's East End...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/08/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • In partnership with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, Hodges University is pres...


  • In partnership with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, Hodges University is pres...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/08/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • 14th Annual Magic Under the Mangroves

    03/08/2018
    05:30PM — 09:30PM

    The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host the 14th annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala din...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2017-2018 Concert Series welcomes Southwest Florida Symphony t...


  • Norma

    03/08/2018
    07:30PM

    In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/08/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/09/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Friday Nine & Dine

    03/09/2018
    03:30PM

    Looking for a fun golf league at a TEE-rific value and the chance to make some new friends this w...


  • Ladies' Night at The Paint Escape

    03/09/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Cape Coral Star Gazing Party

    03/09/2018
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Friday, March 9th, 2018 7pm-10pm Free! No flashlights, please. Join the Southwest Florida ...


  • Carmen

    03/09/2018
    07:30PM

    All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/09/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Downtown Farmers Market

    03/10/2018
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    The Cape Coral Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Cape Coral at the intersection of S.E. 47th...


  • Bonita Springs Farmers Market

    03/10/2018
    08:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through April 28th on the west side of the parking lot...


  • Community Beach Walk

    03/10/2018
    09:00AM

    Join us for a casual guided beach walk to explore what's washed ashore. Let's talk about some of ...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Nature Hike

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join a park naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Historic Site. Learn som...


  • Sun Splash Opening Day!

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Slide into the 2018 season with some fun in the sun March 10th from 10am - 5pm!☺️☀️ Enjoy 14-a...


  • In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation, join Peter and Lucy on their travels to Narni...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/10/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • The Black Party

    03/10/2018
    05:00PM

    Sarasota's most exciting all-black-attire event returns for it's third installment. On March 10, ...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Tiefland

    03/10/2018
    07:30PM

    Marta is the unwilling mistress of a wealthy landowner, Sebastiano. To keep the poor girl near hi...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/10/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...