Well let me tell you, A LOT, dry dense cake is usually high on the list of cupcake offenses. It is difficult to bake a cupcake and achieve the right texture and moistness. Then there is the frosting, some are WAY too sweet, and others seem as if someone forgot to mix any sugar into the so called "butter cream," and all I am eating is softened butter spread on top of my once delicious cake. Don't get me wrong I love butter -- I could do Paula Deen proud with the amount of butter I throw into some of my baked goods -- but not as frosting on my cupcake.
The best cupcakes I have come across in my travels are usually homemade, but if I must venture to purchase these delicious treats I go for Sprinkles every time. Seeing that I live in San Francisco, and the closest Sprinkles is in Palo Alto, I rarely get to enjoy these amazing treasures. Luckily for me, I fly to LA regularly and the cupcakes always seem better when I get them from their Beverly Hills home. There must be something special about these little cakes if I am willing to spend 30 minutes waiting in line to get my hands on a few.
Try giving yourself a real sugar rush by pairing these pretty little treats with some Belgium hot chocolate, I usually go for the overly-rich cup they serve a Le Pain Quotidien, right across the street from Sprinkles in B. Hills. Where do you get your favorite cupcakes?
|Perfect for Halloween|
|In case you want to make these delicious cupcakes at home...|
|Thank you for your lovely latte art Omega, it made my hot chocolate WAY better|