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The world’s first cupcake bakery. Every cupcake baker, designer, engineer, and aficionado idols it. Every cupcake bakery hopes to succeed it. Celebrities love it. There’s only one cupcake place that fits the bill… Sprinkles Cupcakes. And I was fortunate enough to finally try one of their famous cupcakes.

I arrived to my office one morning to find this sitting at my desk.

I threw my stuff down and giddily peered into the bag. Mmmm, I immediately received a whiff of apple and cream cheese. I unwrapped the box, careful not to tear any edges or tip over the cupcake. Once I finally opened the box, I looked into the bag and let out a gleeful giggle! “How cute are you!” I exclaimed.

I’ve been dreaming of the day I would taste my first Sprinkles cupcake, and I couldn’t believe that this day was upon me!

The cupcake delivered to me was the Carmel Apple, one of the featured fall flavors.

Taste
Cake
Even after four days, the cake was still light, airy and fresh! I was seriously skeptical of how the cake would taste after all that time AND travelling 1400 miles to me in Kansas City. The cake even had a real chunks of apple in it!

Frosting
I’m usually a vanilla buttercream type of gal, but Sprinkles may have converted me. Their cream cheese frosting was one of the best I’ve ever tried. The frosting was pure, smooth, and had a perfect balance of sweetness. Again, I couldn’t believe how fresh the frosting tasted!

Presentation
I fell in love with how they decorated the cake. Firstly, the frosting neatly covered the entire top of the cake. It’s rare to find a bakery that will spread the frosting edge to edge. This way you are guaranteed to have a splash of frosting with every bite. Also, the one little ghost sprinkle was so simple, so cute.

Sweet Endings
There is a reason why Sprinkles took off! Honestly, I thought it would be more hype than anything else, but I was definitely wrong. They have created a unique cupcake experience, and they have done it right. If you are fortunate enough to live near a Sprinkles or visit a city where they are located, based on flavor alone, it is worth a visit. I’m confident that the in-store experience will be remarkable as well.

Sprinkles Cupcakes
www.sprinkles.com
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My second stop on my Cupcake Tour de Vegas was Gigi’s Cupcakes. Since I apparently didn’t think I had enough walking adventures the day before, I decided that the two-mile walk to Gigi’s was worth the trip. So, I doubled-up my socks in attempt to cover up my blisters and managed to somehow squeeze into my tennis shoes (there was no way I was just wearing sandals after my crazy escape to Cupcake Café).

Again, this place didn’t look that far away on the map. Besides, walking two miles is nothing. However, walking two miles in another sketchy stretch in Vegas is not just “nothing”. But, I was bound and determined to make my way to Gigi’s, so nothing was standing in my way.

Gigi’s was a ray of sunshine on this tiny strip mall. Upon seeing the store, I nearly ran to the front door. I was so excited to finally get to visit an actual Gigi’s store! At first glance of the glass case, I was overwhelmed by the amount of frosting on each cupcake. Now, I’ve heard numerous reviews of how much frosting they put on their cupcakes, but I had no idea it was that much! I glanced through their menu and their cupcake offerings, but had a hard time deciding which one to get. Since I have already tried some of their vanilla options, I decided to get crazy and get their “Trick or Treat” cupcake. Chocolate cupcake with chocolate chips with a orange-colored vanilla buttercream on top.


Taste
Frosting
There wasn’t any flavor to the frosting. It was very thick and piled high onto the cupcake. I swear the thing had a couple of pounds of frosting on top. I had to shave off a few layers of frosting to even find the cake. And, when I did that, the frosting just “plumped” over in a small gob. Seriously folks, this must have been three inches tall. Even though I am a HUGE fan of frosting, this one hardly had any taste.

Cake
The cake was much better than the frosting. However, I don’t have much experience with chocolate cake, so I couldn’t tell you anything based on its flavor. It did taste airy and light, and I enjoyed the chocolate chips mixed throughout the cake. It added a fun bit of crunchiness and helped break up the thickness of the frosting.

Presentation
Gig’s gets an A+ on her presentation. Every cake looked so beautiful and well put together. One great thing was their uniformity. I believe that no matter when I go, what cake I get, or where I go, I’m going to get the same presentation quality as before.

Sweet Endings
Sadly, I was disappointed in my second Gigi’s experience. One thing I wonder is how Gigi franchises her stores and have them all the same. Does she send out guidelines and rules they must follow? Does she ship out pre-made frosting with direct orders on how to frost? I’d be really interested in know how she makes sure that every store is alike.

There might be two other reasons why I was disappointed. First of all, I had endured a long journey to reach the store. I didn’t have the time to fully enjoy them because I knew that I had a grueling two-mile walk back to my hotel. I was almost to the point “eat and let’s move on”. Secondly, my first experience of Gigi’s was when my gracious friends packed a box to bring me to Philly this summer. Those were some well-traveled cupcakes that survived the fourteen hour drive! Also, my friends had run into the “Gigi” of Gigi’s Cupcakes and she signed my box. That was such an unexpected surprise! So, perhaps my current situation just couldn’t top my previous experience.

This probably means that I will need to give Gigi’s one more try. Third time’s the charm, right? I think that my next visit must be to her original store to get the full experience!

As for you folks out there, if you happen to have a Gigi’s close by, jump in the car and make a visit. Your eyes will be amazed. As for your taste buds—I’ll let you be the judge.

Gigi’s Cupcakes
www.gigiscupcakesusa.com
To find a location near you: www.gigiscupcakesusa.com/findagigis

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Ghosts, goblins, witches, Lady Gaga—are just a few of the top scary costumes I’ve seen this Halloween. Who would want to be something scary, when you can be something sweet?! Naturally, I chose be the sweetest thing I could imagine, a cupcake!

I searched far and wide to find a place that had this costume in stock. Apparently, this costume was a popular item this Halloween. Lucky for me, I finally found one at Costume Express and lucky for me again, the costume arrived just a few mere days before Halloween!

Well, I couldn’t come dressed up as a cupcake without cupcakes in hand! I decided to try my hand at bakeitinacake’s pumpkin pie cupcakes. Boy, were they a hit! It was my first attempt at baking cupcakes from scratch, so I was a little nervous about the reviews. After I heard great raves one after the other, I could breathe easy. Then, I decided to try the fruits of my labor, and yes folks, they were delicious!

Besides just making cupcakes, I had to schedule a visit from Kansas City’s very own mobile cupcakery! 3GirlsCupcakes made a special stop to check out my “sweet” costume (pun totally intended). I never knew I was going to become a “cup-a-vore” (a cupcake eating a cupcake).

Does anyone have any other great Halloween costumes to share? Tell me about them!

Happy Halloween!

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