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Life is like a box of cupcakes…

The Frosting

The Pumpkin Patch cupcake from Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique, Chicago

All work and no cupcakes makes Rachael a dull girl…

I spent last week under house arrest writing my second candidacy exam. One week and 30 pages later, I was hanging on to the last thread of my sanity. Cupcakes are one of the only things that can revive me.

The fall season is upon us and what better way to commemorate the beginning of my favorite season than to reference one of my favorite horror movies of all time, The Shining. The book is great too. I suppose I can think of one better way to celebrate Autumn, fall-flavored cupcakes. Check out my yearly to-do list of fall activities:

  • Eat fall-flavored cupcakes.
  • Drink a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.
  • Find a pumpkin with an unnaturally long stem.
  • Carve a wicked pumpkin.
  • Play in a pile of leaves.
  • Watch Michigan football.
  • Drink apple cider and eat apple cider donuts.
  • Wet my pants on a haunted house tour.
  • Celebrate my dogs’ birthdays.
  • Play in a pile of leaves bigger than the first.

Some people like to celebrate fall with Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte. More power to them. It is indeed a delicious hot beverage, and on my fall to-do list. However, I decided to jump start football season, crisp weather, and haunted hayrides with a Pumpkin Patch cupcake and cappuccino frosting shot from Sugar Bliss.

Entering the establishment, I sauntered on up to the cupcake bar. When the girl behind the counter asked me what flavors I’d be having, I replied, “The hair of the dog that bit me, miss.” Of course, she had no idea what that meant so I clarified that I wanted a mini Lemon Drop, a mini PB&J, a full-sized Pumpkin Patch, and a shot of cappuccino frosting to wash it all down. Then, those it shall be.

They boxed up my cupcakes and slid the cappuccino shot across the counter. Dana and I tapped our mini paper cups (the kind that school nurses use to hand out ibuprofen) of cappuccino frosting and squeezed the sugary concoction into our mouths. If Sugar Bliss is known for anything, it’s their frosting. Sugary sweet and goes down smooth. I immediately regretted having two cups of coffee prior to my frosting shot. It is possible that Dana regretted it more. I swear I saw some animal hedges move. Sidenote: scientists say that coffee may prevent depression. No wonder I’m such a happy person.

Now, for the cupcakes. The cake of the Lemon Drop was dry and crumbly but it had a pleasantly subtle lemon flavor. The lemon frosting did not disappoint. The mini PB&J was also a tad dry but I enjoyed the burst of jelly filling which complemented the creamy peanut butter frosting. What kind of peanut butter person are you? Chunky or smooth? Overall, I was a bit underwhelmed with the minis.

When I saw the Pumpkin Patch cupcake, similar to when I see a real pumpkin patch, a pillar of light shone down from the sky. The cake was moist and spiced to perfection. The cream cheese frosting was silky, unlike some cream cheese frostings which are thick or fluffy. In my opinion, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the textures. Also, Sugar Bliss has a distinct way of frosting their cupcakes, with precise globs which form a pattern of globs. Sounds pretty, doesn’t it? Well, it is. Then, it was sprinkled with a mix of spices.

Some cupcakes are like people—some shine and some don’t. Though one thing is for sure, Sugar Bliss has THE frosting.

Rating:  ★★★½☆ 

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