It’s official: I’m in love with summer—and cupcakes. I’m itching to pull on my after-Memorial-Day appropriate white pants and enjoy some sweet summer loving with cupcakes. It feels oh so wrong, but oh so right.
Last summer, while visiting some family in St. Louis, we scouted out a cupcake joint called The Cup (Crave the Cup). It was a trendy, decent-sized cupcakery that smelled of sweet, sugary goodness. Their cupcake menu boasts flavors such as confetti, cuppa coffee cake, island dream, and much, much more. In addition, they have seasonal flavors up for consumption during certain months of the year.
When we arrived, they had the Summer Crush cupcake up for grabs. Clearly, we came at the right time. The Summer Crush cupcake consisted of a perfectly moist cake with a burst of tart, orange flavor, completed by a sweet cream filling. The texture, taste, and consistency of the orange buttercream frosting was summerific. Finally, a single orange gummy bear was perched on top of this summer creation. I had died and gone to heaven, where it’s summer all the time, with a little bit of fall.
Following my natural instincts, we also ordered a Peanut Butter Cup. The dark chocolate cake was frosted with peanut butter buttercream and completed with Reese’s® peanut butter cups crumble. If I could live off of Reese’s, I would. It is a well-known fact that Reese’s are an essential part of a “nutritious” diet. The cake wasn’t quite as moist as the Summer Crush, but the flavors were just as delightful.
When I’m in St. Louis again, I’m going back to this place. It deserves repeated visits. Also, the Summer Crush has inspired me to make an Orange Creamsicle cupcake. To be continued…
Partygoer: So, Tom, what is it that you do?
Tom: I, uh, I write greeting cards.
Summer: Tom could be a really great architect if he wanted to be.
Partygoer: That’s unusual, I mean, what made you go from one to the other?
Tom: I guess I just figured, why make something disposable like a building, when you can make something that lasts forever, like a greeting card.
Substitute “bake cupcakes” for “write greeting cards.” Wise words, Tom.