Meet Nicole & Jeremy
Nicole Braddock was born and raised in Waterbury, CT. She is a self taught baker and mom of three who started by baking for only close family and friends. Nicole received a college degree from an art school in Boston, as well as a degree in nursing. Baking professionally was never on her radar, but it was the passion of creativity, fun and entertaining that knew she had to immerse herself in.
Jeremy and Nicole Braddock founded Hardcore Sweet in 2012 by combining their innovative flavors, vintage flair and hardcore music roots. The team began taking the sweets to the streets in their ice cream truck turned cupcake truck named "Betty". Now, the couple set up shop in an old pin workshop situated in Oakville, CT.
Hardcore Sweet added winning an episode of Cupcake Wars to their list of awesome accomplishments. The vegan competition featured rocker and horror fanatic Rob Zombie as a guest judge and enabled Hardcore Sweet to make their cupcake debut at the 2013 Great American Nightmare in Los Angeles, California. Nicole and Jeremy wowed the judges and festival guests with their unique flavor combinations, horrifying toppers, and twisted "Funhouse of 1000 Cupcakes" concept.
Meet the Oakville Hardcore Crew
She is co-owner of Hardcore Sweet! She is the baker and inventor of the crazy names & combo concoctions! She loves to spend time with her kids, reading, watching bad reality tv shows, and I Love Lucy when she can! Her favorite music is rockabilly & 50's doo wop, which inspired the theme of the bakery. Her favorite part of the business is the classes! Favorite ingredients to work with--tequila, dark chocolate and raspberries! If she was ever a rollergirl, her name would be Lucille Brawl. Celeb Crush, the man in the orange crocs himself--Mario Batali!
General Pricing Info, Classes & Events, Charity of the Month
Also known as Bubba, he is the co-owner of Hardcore Sweet! The tattooed metal teddy bear is the fondant king in the bakery and always has fun ideas to collaborate hardcore/metal/punk genre music with cupcakes! Always up for an adventure, Jeremy has been booking music fests with the cupcake truck along the East Coast. When he isn't planning events, he enjoys playing poker, going to shows, playing guitar in 100 Demons and acoustic for his three kids! Recently, he has been interested in film production and incorporating it into the cupcake business as well. His favorite part of owning Hardcore Sweet? Not working for the man and taste testing other food trucks he gets to work with!
Truck Rentals & Wholesale
Born and raised in CT, Heather has a passion for all things D.I.Y and vintage! Some of her hobbies include sewing, getting tattooed, baking, gardening and going to car shows! Heather is the creator of the bags in the shop, HS Threads.
Special Events, Charities/Artist Inquiries
A CT native, Hannah has been baking for as long as she can remember, and is absolutely thrilled to be a member of the Hardcore Crew! If she's not living up to her title of "buttercream queen", you'll probably find her dying her hair (a new color every week!), listening to obscure foreign music, or fighting the patriarchy. Hannah's favorite food is anything breakfast-related, or full of cheese. She loves to go out and get crazy, but is most happy at home cooking and watching bad movies with her friends & family.
Born & raised in New England, this year she celebrated 40 years of marriage with her wonderful husband. She has raised 3 boys & has 6 amazing grandchildren--all of which she is very proud of. She is a graduate of Fine Arts Beauty Academy and worked as a stylist/barber for 23 years. She worked for 16 years in customer service for the phone company as well. In her spare time, she likes to relax with a glass of wine, listens to music and enjoys painting. She also loves spending time with her husband & grandchildren.
Vegan. Hardcore. Ball master.
Honorary Crew Member
He is not a technically an employee of Hardcore Sweet, but he serves as an Honorary Crew Member. Erik will be at special Hardcore events and on-hand to help out with creating and tasting new Vegan flavors.
19, x-files, tattoos and cats! "You're not hardcore unless you live hardcore."