Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cupcake Craze & A Recipe

There's been a bit of a cupcake craze overtaking the city.
If Starbucks is on every corner, then cupcake bakeries aren't far behind.
If this sounds like a complaint, then consider this moment a prime example of how the tone of the written word can be much more easily misconstrued than that of the spoken word.
In other words, the city's love for cupcakes has fallen right into my own affections as well.

Perfect for friend dates, husband dates, and for us this past year, after-hospital pick-me-up dates.
I can't tell you how many times I secured a quick promise of a cupcake from Neal right as a needle was going into my arm for yet another blood test.
What morale was drained from my arm, I refilled here and there with a cupcake.
I'd tell my cupcake tradition to the nurses as they prepared needles and tubes,
and they'd hoot and holler with approval, bringing to life the otherwise sterile blood-draw rooms.

Cupcake love is not just on our streets, and bringing life to our hospital rooms, but I've brought it into our little home now too.
Because at $4 a cupcake, well, let's just say that it's cheer is not without limits.
But online recipes? Free and limitless...
Until I went to the store to get the white chocolate for the particular cream cheese frosting.

But amidst the masses of recipes, I somehow found another fall treasure that is getting filed into my Anderson family recipe book and given a spot of honor in our autumn traditions from here on out.
You're gonna love it. A lot.

White chocolate, cream cheese, and butter for the frosting.
Pumpkin spice for the cake.
I'm not teasing... here's the link!

And if you're in Chicago, whether living here or visiting, here's the place you need to go: Sprinkles Cupcakes.

P.S. If you "like" Sprinkles on Facebook, you'll get in on codes for free cupcakes!

1 comment:

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

i miss sprinkles and mollies! but ive been so giddy excited cuz im finding all these cupcake places around here in the south. the trend is here too so i couldn't be happier. hehe.

thanks for posting these pics - i loved them!