Do you ever get the mean reds?
The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?
Cupcakes are the cure for everything. Just until recently, I used to think Sudafed was the cure for everything. I have my mom to thank for that, and the fact that I grew up in the woods where there was a high pollen count.
On a rainy Spring Day (when Sudafed was necessary), Ian and I took the pup out to visit our friend, Emily, in Elmhurst, IL, which is also the home of the Heavenly Cupcake Shop. Emily was to give us a mini tour of the area and let us experience the Taste of Elmhurst. We embarked on a journey that took us through a local park, across the train tracks into town, and into Heavenly Cupcakes for sweet rainy day treats.
Elmhurst is a quaint little town with several restaurants (both chain and non-chain) and little stores, but just one Heavenly Cupcake Shop. Heavenly Cupcake Shop offers a variety of flavors throughout the week. Each day, there are six everyday flavors as well as five to six additional flavors that rotate daily. Therefore, check their website to make sure they have your favorite on the day you plan to visit. In addition, they offer vegan cupcakes every day. We visited on a Saturday and left with their S’mores, Cookie Dough, Cherry Cheesecake, Oreo Cheesecake, Strawberry Milkshake, and Lemon Berry cupcakes. We pretty much cleaned house. Early bird gets the cupcake. It’s the truth; don’t you forget it.
Build me a bonfire and give me s’more! S’more what? S’more of this cupcake. Underneath the chocolatey and moist cake, there was a thick and chewy graham cracker crust. Fluffy marshmallow frosting, which was slightly torched, and a single Hershey piece completed the s’more package. If it’s too much work to build a fire, toast a marshmallow, and make a s’more samich, just buy one of these and call it a day.
How do you guys feel about eating raw cookie dough? Growing up, I used to be the designated cookie baker in my family, mostly because my sister would always burn her batches. In fact, she would trick me into baking cookies by saying, “If you won’t bake them, Rach, I will.” We had two kinds of cookie eaters in my family—(1) those of us who liked it raw to slightly baked and (2) my mom, who liked her cookies slightly burnt. She actually liked it when my sister baked cookies. My dad, on the other hand, would eat bowls full of raw cupcake dough and stay close by to steal balls of raw dough from the baking sheet. The graph below depicts how I feel about raw cookie dough.
The Cookie Dough cupcake consisted of a vanilla cake filled with a bit of vanilla cream and frosted with a vanilla buttercream frosting which was topped with chocolate chips and a small spoonful of cookie dough (eggless, I’m sure). Overall, the cupcake was pleasant but I expected more “cookie dough-ness.” Perhaps, they could have baked raw cookie dough into the center of the cupcake like my friend, Kristin, claims she will do. No pressure, Kristin. Bake those cookie dough-stuffed cupcakes!
I was extremely excited when I saw that Heavenly Cupcake Shop had not one, but two cheesecake cupcakes—Cherry Cheesecake and Oreo Cheesecake. Thus far, the only cheesecake-related cupcake I’ve had has been the Blackbottom Cheesecake Brownie from Crumbs, and it set the bar high. True to its name, the Blackbottom Cheesecake Brownie cupcake was more brownie with just a bit of cheesecake. Whereas, the Cherry Cheesecake and Oreo Cheesecake cupcakes were literally cheesecakes in cupcake form. The Cherry Cheesecake cupcake had a graham cracker crust on the bottom which held up a creamy cheesecake filled with chocolate chips. The whole thing was drizzled with cherry topping, like on a sundae, and finished with a dollop of whipped cream. The Oreo Cheesecake cupcake contained all things that are good. It was basically an Oreo cheesecake sandwiched between an Oreo. Both were delightfully tasty. My only complaint is that they weren’t so much cupcakes as they were mini cheesecakes.
The least memorable were the Lemon Berry and Strawberry Milkshake cupcakes. The former had a subtle lemon flavor, which I barely noticed, and an intense berry buttercream frosting. It seemed out of balance. I did, however, love the fresh raspberry perched on top. The latter was the blandest of them all. Though smooth, the cake had an artificial strawberry taste. I expected strawberries baked into the batter but there were none. Like a milkshake, this cupcake was topped with whipped cream frosting, pink sprinkles, and a plump cherry.
Long story short, the cupcakes were fresh, mostly tasty, and beautifully decorated. I have to admit, these are some of the prettiest cupcakes I’ve seen. In addition, their store is adorable. Many thanks to Emily for introducing us to this little gem in Elmhurst, IL. For those of you who want to see if “There [really] is a little bit of ‘Heaven’ in every bite,” give it a taste yourself.