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Best in Cupcakes


Tres Leches cupcake and Strawberries and Cream cupcake from Tiny Dog CUPCAKE! in Evanston, IL

There’s something you should know about me, I have two left feet. Also, I love cupcakes. Fortunately, having two left feet does not hinder my ability to eat cupcakes. Though, it does hinder my ability to dance. I can’t dance, I can’t dance! I’m not kidding, I was born with two left feet.

If you bought that, go watch Best in Show and give this another try later. Also, don’t believe everything you read.

Ian and I had been looking forward to the debut of Thor in theaters and it “just happened” that Tiny Dog CUPCAKE! was right around the corner from the Century 12 theater in Evanston, IL. I tell Ian all the time, “You’re so lucky that I love action movies (etc.) and not chick flicks.” Really, I’m the lucky one.

[Ian] and I have an amazing relationship and it’s very physical, he still pushes all my buttons. People say ‘oh but he’s so much older than you’ and you know what, I’m the one having to push him away. We have so much in common, we both love soup and snow peas, we love the outdoors, and talking and not talking. We could not talk or talk forever and still find things to not talk about.

We actually live pretty close to Evanston and have passed this cupcakery on the way to the movie theater several times. For this movie, we had time to grab a few cupcakes to sneak into the theater. I always feel like such a rebel when I sneak in pop, candy, and cupcakes inside my Mary Poppins purse. For one, I like to test how much my purse can hold. For another, I want to see how rebels feel when they do rebellious activities.

I decided to sneak in cupcakes from Tiny Dog CUPCAKE! (I’m not using CAPS unnecessarily). In fact, I will call people out on using CAPS unnecessarily (check out Justin Bieber’s Twitter feed) or using more than one exclamation point. I mean seriously, the multiple exclamation points do not mean someone is more excited, it means they are more annoying, and do not know how to follow proper punctuation rules. Maybe this is their way of being rebels. I’ll let two slide, but that’s pushing it. Anyhow, Tiny Dog CUPCAKE! got it right with one exclamation point. They also got their exterior and interior décor right. If I had to describe it in one word, I’d say, “Fun.”

Excuse me if this off the subject a little bit, but just take a guess at how much I can bench press. Come on, what do you think? Take a guess. 315 pounds, at the top of my game, maxing out at 500!

Since we were sneaking these into the theater, I could only fit a box for two cupcakes in my purse. Their cupcake selection varies each week, but every day they offer Classics such as Red Velvet, Vanilla, and Raspberry Swirl as well as Premiums (e.g., Triple Chocolate Mocha, Salty Caramel, The Dillo) and Gluten-Free versions of their classic flavors. We opted for the Strawberries and Cream and the Tres Leches.

Adrenaline pumping, I carefully fit the box in my purse above the two cans of pop and fiber bars. Do not judge me, I need hourly snacks. Otherwise, the “claws” come out. We bought our tickets, waltzed right in, and no one said “nay.” My rebel side wished they had. A little tidbit for you—we’ve discovered that you can save a ton of money on movie tickets if you see the “early bird” showing, which is the first showing of the day.

Without any shame, we popped the tabs on our pop and busted open the box of cupcakes right away. We each took one, took a bite, and passed it off to the other. While people were sharing popcorn, we were sharing cupcakes. The cake of the Strawberries and Cream was very dry, but there was a sweet filling with real strawberries, not the stuff out of a can. The frosting resembled whipped cream and was drizzled with strawberry topping. If the cake had been more spongy, I would have liked this. Speaking of strawberries, I have yet to see an Angel Food cupcake drenched with strawberry topping and completed with a whipped cream frosting. It should be done. Ian just gave me the idea to try a strawberry rhubarb cupcake this summer. Recipe to come.

The Tres Leches cupcake is where the love was. Pastel Tres Leches means “Three milk cake” in Spanish. True to its name, the cake tasted like a butter cake soaked in three kinds of milk—evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. The whipped cream frosting was similar to that of the Strawberries and Cream. Best of all, it was topped with tiny slices of mango which created a tart but sweet experience with every bite. Lo amé.

Tiny Dog CUPCAKE! is just a tiny cupcake shop trying to make a difference in a great big world. True to their slogan, “Tiny dogs are not afraid to take on things bigger than themselves,” Tiny Dog CUPCAKE! donates part of their profits to national and local Evanston charities. Now, that’s something to bark about!

Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team?

Rating:  ★★★½☆ 

posted by Rachael in Cupcakes and have Comments (3)

3 Responses to “Best in Cupcakes”

  1. Wiru says:

    Great post! My favorite line is “I like to test how much my purse can hold.” I have been waiting for this one since I had been to Tiny Dog CUPCAKES! That Ian is one wise man but I would have to pass on the rhubarb. LOL I had the salted caramel which was good and I can’t remember the other 2. Yeah I had bought 3 cupcakes. LOL

    • Rachael says:

      Glad you liked it! Sometimes I am tempted to put heavy objects in my purse (e.g., bricks) and dare someone to try and mug me. As for rhubarb, maybe you haven’t tried it cooked right. Not to mention, strawberries sweeten it up. It’s a tricky ingredient. This was a rare occasion that I only bought two. Usually, I buy 3 or 4 cupcakes to get a good idea of the taste!

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