I love everything about cupcakes. I love that they remind me of childhood birthdays, that they are individually sized and portioned controlled. I love that they make a celebration more special or a coffee date with a best friend that much more special. Me? I adore cupcakes.
A few years ago I started toying with boxed cake mixes. When they would call for water, I'd do things like add orange juice and orange rind...et voila, a chocolate-orange cupcake. Or my personal favourite is to buy a can of cherry pie filling, fill the cup up half way with batter, put a spoonful of the cherry pie filling in the middle and continue to add more batter....et voila, a cherry chocolate cupcake.
This is obviously the cheaters version but to my defense, I have found an awesome and affordable organic cake mix that seems to please the crowd every time.
Now onto my weekend story about cupcakes.
On Friday my family and I had a little reunion lunch and we had reason to celebrate, so I decided to go and splurge on cupcakes from the new bakery in my Dad and Step Mom's neighbourhood called The Flour Shoppe. When I went in to the bakery I was so excited to see so many beautiful little cupcakes neatly stacked on cake displays that I decided to buy 12 so that we could each try a few different types. Chocolate mint, lime and coconut, hazelnut and my personal favourite peanut butter with buttercream jelly icing- oh my! These were obviously not cake mix cupcakes.
At 2.50 a pop they aren't cheap but let me tell you each of us quietly devoured our delicious cupcakes and it was worth every penny.
So if you live in Ottawa or you are visiting, I highly recommend that you find an excuse to celebrate something and go and treat yourself and maybe a friend to a delicious cupcake at The Flour Shoppe. You won't be disappointed. I promise.
So tell me, are you a fan of cupcakes? What is your favourite type?