Originally uploaded by Sew Darn Jenny
Mr. Charles Phoenix is once again going to be at Felt Club this year. What is ESPECIALLY exciting is that he will be constructing an Astro-Weenie Holiday Tree on site! An opportunity to view this artistry in person? Words cannot describe my joy.
Tim, Sofie and I hit the first Sweet Buttercup open house last Saturday, getting there about 15 minutes after the doors opened. Karen wasn’t feeling well, so didn’t make it. (I even bought a few to drop off for her, but when I called her, she told me to keep them; she couldn’t have them in her possession. She was THAT sick.)
Well, I have since concluded that Sweet Buttercup is now my favorite cupcake joint in town.
They generously offered mini cupcake tastes of five of their flavors… I think it was five; that’s what I tasted, and I think I tasted *everything*:
* Black Cherry
* Sweet Buttercup
* Vanilla Latte
* Southern Belle (red velvet with cream cheese frosting)
* Chocolotta Love
Black Cherry cupcake
The Black Cherry was delectably described in the open house email invite as:
Dark chocolate cake filled with a black cherries soaked in a balsamic reduction topped with creamy vanilla frosting
I worried that it would sound better than it tasted. Well, it did not disappoint. At all.
Sweet Buttercup cupcake
I have to say though, my favorite was the signature cupcake, Sweet Buttercup. I don’t know what kind of magic they conjure in that kitchen, but they managed to make a vanilla cupcake a special thing. Perhaps it is the use of vanilla beans in the cake; the vanilla flavor was genuine and assertive, in a good way. Being a chocogal, I’m not inclined to go vanilla. (Well, I did in choosing my husband, but I digress.) I’m here to tell you though, there was nothing neither plain nor boring about this cupcake!
They had for sale regular sized cupcakes of the flavors they were sampling… except for the vanilla. They had to portion the vanilla mini samples as they disappeared fast. (However, I was generously given one to take to Karen.) In fact, by the time we got there, the cupcake angels behind the tables commented that all of the cupcakes were rapidly vanishing, and they had run out of some flavors within 45 minutes of opening the doors.
Visually, the cupcakes were beautiful, not gimmicky. Shiny sparkling sugar adorned some, sweet handcrafted flowers crowned others, and finely diced strawberries graced lucky chocolate minis.
Even the take-away box was impressive! Each box held 12 cupcakes, designed to hold each cake apart from the others. On either side of each cupcake space were two cutouts designed so you could place your fingers around the cupcake to lift it out. Genius!
AND we get to experience the genius of Sweet Buttercup all over again this Saturday! The email invite indicates the following will be available for tasting. I SO wish they were sampling their Lemon Burst cake. Oh well… Maybe the following week? :p
Almond Apricot: vanilla bean cake, apricot preserves, almond butter frosting
Chocolate Vanilla: deep chocolate cake, sweet vanilla frosting
PB&J: vanilla bean cake, blackberry preserves, peanut butter frosting
Orange Blossom: orange scented cake, orange Grand-Marnier frosting
Banana: fresh banana cake, sweet vanilla frosting
Southern Belle: red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting
Choco-lotta love: deep chocolate cake, chocolate frosting
Sweet Buttercup: vanilla bean cake, sweet vanilla frosting