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Cupcake shops can be found all across the world. A few months ago on my trip to Spain, I took my search for cupcakes to new lengths.

I was disappointed by the lack of bakeries that served cupcakes. With a cupcake shop almost on every corner in the States, I was expecting to get my fill of cupcakes. Now, don’t get me wrong – there were PLENTY of other delicious treats to be tasted. But, cupcakes were rare. Walking around the streets of Granada, in the Andalucia region of Spain, I stumbled across a cupcake. Stopping dead in my tracks, with my gelato in hand, I shrieked with joy. At last, I finally found what I’ve been searching for!

Walking in, we were greeted by a cute, young Spanish woman. I started looking at all the cupcake choices, and she soon realized that I wasn’t Spanish and spoke very little. She pointed over to a huge box that had lots of cupcakes to choose from. This box was brought in by a local baker, making her rounds around the city.

After discussing the choices with the young women, I chose a little vanilla cake with buttercream frosting.

Taste
Cake
The cake had a vanilla and almond flavor. The cupcake resembled a little bundt cake. Golden brown edges, crisp edges, and sprinkled with a little bit of sugar during baking.

Frosting
This was extremely sugary! It had a very grainy texture, and was too sweet for my tastes!

Presentation
This was a simply decorated cupcake. The frosting was colored to a pale green color and embellished with a few sprinkles. They also use cute cupcake wrappers for an added touch.

Sweet Endings
After getting a cupcake from that store, we walked by another bakery that had cupcakes. Investigating further, these cupcakes looked very familiar. I soon realized that all the cupcakes are made by a local baker and then distributed to several stores across the city. I truly believe that my cupcake came fresh out of a local’s oven and into my hands. This is homemade at its best!

It’s apparent that the cupcake craze has not hit Spain. I was just so ecstatic to find a place! But, who knows, next time I visit Spain (and yes, there will be a next time!), I might be greeted with many cupcake shops!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Granada!

The Alhambra

Me and Katie with the Alhambra

The historical neighborhood of Albayzín

For more information on Granada, visit www.andalucia.com

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