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Austin360Eats: Never underestimate the power of bright colors, cute cupcakes, says Kristen Davenport

Rainbow cake from Kristen Davenport
Kristen Davenport

This Q&A is part of our Austin360Eats launch, which appears in Friday's Austin360 tab. Through our new project, you can share and view food and drink photos from around Central Texas by using the #Austin360Eats hashtag on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Keep up with the Statesman's food and drink coverage by liking the Austin360Eats Facebook page.

Kristen Davenport, Owner of Capital City Bakery (instagram.com/inmypies)

What is it about food that makes you want to pause for a second before eating it to capture and share it?

Food is just as much visual pleasure as taste to me. I have a background in visual communications and design, and food photography was my gateway into the culinary world. Making my treats look tantalizing to others is my favorite part of the business. Instagram has become one of the best ways to get the word out; I’ll post a picture of our daily special and people will come to the shop and mention they saw my photo online! It’s amazing.

If you could recommend only three places in Austin to eat to a visitor, where would you send them?

My current favorite places (as a vegan) include Bouldin Creek Cafe, Shhmaltz and Via 313 Pizza.

Can you pick an all-time favorite Instagram post, food or otherwise?

My most “liked” posts are between a rainbow layer cake I made for Austin Pride and a candy corn cupcake, which I colored the cake orange, yellow and white and had a homemade vegan candy corn on top! We’re currently making vegan kolaches as well, which reminds me of my childhood in Texas. As far as my favorite pictures … I usually get food-nerdy over the ones with strong, bright colors and a cute background pattern.

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