Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cupcakes in Vegas

Cupcakes in Vegas

I was in Las Vegas over the Fourth of July and received the sweetest surprise!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Cupcakes!!! And lots of them.

Cupcakes in Vegas

They were from Kari and Brian of Retro Bakery. I “met” Kari through flickr when she was documenting her adventures in opening a bakery and I’ve been keeping up with her on Twitter, knowing that the next time I visited Las Vegas, I wanted to rent a car and surprise her at the bakery.

Fun! Fun! Fun! I’ve only been to a few cupcake bakeries. Sprinkles Cupcakes in Dallas and The Atlanta Cupcake Factory in Georgia. I know. There’s something enormously wrong with that picture. So I was really excited to see Retro and check out their cupcakes.

Big problem. Right before I left, she announced they were going to be closed on the day I could come visit. On vacation of all things. Just my luck. Needless to say, I was bummed.

But, Kari did the sweetest thing. She sent some to the hotel for me the last day they were open. The Fourth of July. I couldn’t believe it. I mean I’ve certainly never had cupcakes delivered to my room before. The bellman brought them up and for a minute I thought I was going to have to fight the guy for them. Even after I tipped him, he kept going on about them. I guess he wanted me to give him one. Well, that didn’t happen. Sorry Mr. Bellman. These were all staying with me!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Can you blame me. I mean look at them. They tasted just as good as they look. And really moist too.

Cupcakes in Vegas

In the back is Pink Lemonade (Lemon cake topped with pink lemonade buttercream and hot pink glitter sugar). In the front: Hop Scotch (Vanilla cake topped with vanilla buttercream dipped in butterscotch ganache) This was one of my favorites!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Here we have Cinnamon Toast (Vanilla cake topped with cinnamon buttercream dusted with cinnamon and sugar). YUM!

Cupcakes in Vegas

And here… Milk & Cookies (Chocolate-chip cake topped with vanilla buttercream and a freshly baked mini chocolate chip cookie.) This is all wrong and all right, all at the same time. Another fave!

Cupcakes in Vegas

Left: Apple Cider (Cinnamon swirl cake topped with apple cider buttercream dusted with cinnamon and sugar) Front: Mint Chocolate Chip (Chocolate cake topped with green mint buttercream and mini chocolate chips) Right: Red, White & Blueberry (Blueberry cake topped with strawberry buttercream) This might have been my most fave. But it’s a toss up with the Hopscotch.

Oh and, sorry about the lighting on some of these pics. The room didn’t have the best angle for natural light.

Cupcakes in Vegas

But who cares about lighting when you have this much chocolate to look at. Left: Chocolate Fountain (Chocolate cake topped with chocolate buttercream and dipped in chocolate ganache). Right: Chocolate Covered Banana (Chocolate cake topped with banana buttercream dipped in chocolate ganache and sprinkled with walnuts) Back: Peanut Butter Cup (Chocolate cake topped with peanut butter buttercream and dark chocolate shavings) Who am I kidding… these were all faves.

Cupcakes in Vegas

But I didn’t actually eat them then.

Cupcakes in Vegas

I left them all alone in the room while we went to get dinner. It was difficult, but I knew if I tasted even one, it would be all over. By the way, if you’ve been to Vegas, you can probably guess where I stayed by now.

Cupcakes in Vegas

And, later when we returned.

Cupcakes in Vegas

Let’s just say there was a little cupcake carnage during the taste testing. I won’t give you all the messy details, but I’m glad there wasn’t a camera filming me.

And the best thing about these cupcakes, was having the rest of them again for breakfast.

Cupcakes in Vegas

Thanks so much for the Retro cupcakes, Kari & Brian. I hope to really meet you guys next time.

Do you have a cupcake bakery in your area that you want to try? One that you love or one that you’ve just heard of? I would love to hear your recommendations.

sparky said...

there is a bakery in Boise Idaho, called Cupcakes by Design, so cute! their cupcakes are HUGE and so filling and delicious and awesome! so very pretty too…..

April 16, 2010 12:09 AM
ellaelise said...

I agree with whoever said that the Cupcakery in Vegas has the best cupcakes I have EVER have. They also have a location in Texas, I think!

April 20, 2010 02:21 AM
Maggie said...

woah they dipped the whole cupcake in buttercream?! Have you ever been to Crumbs bake shop? They have similar items. I don’t know if they one any near you but there’s one by me in NYC and also in Huntington on LI.

April 23, 2010 09:55 PM
Kelli said...

I live in Dallas. LOVE Society Bakery.

Cupcakery was dry and oily. I know. How is that even possible?

June 21, 2010 09:18 PM
Rosebud said...

Bring on the buttercream!

July 24, 2010 08:59 AM
Shyree said...

I love those Vegas cakes! In australia we call Brisbane – Briz Vegas ’cause we have a casino and it is a party place. My fav cupcakes are cupcakes by Rosy. She caters for any sort of functions and they are just yummy. Here is her site cupcakes Brisbane.

November 9, 2010 06:56 PM
Nobody said...

You got me thinking of vanilla butterscotch cupcakes!! boohoo! Theyre *sniff deliiiiiiiiicious! And I’m no Garfield!:P

April 17, 2011 08:06 AM
Mia said...

Bite of Your life in tallahassee is an up and coming cupcakery. Tallahassee is home to many cupcakeries. Tasty pastry, lucy and leos, bite of your life, Cakeshop, three sons bakery, and heidi’s. Bite of your life has also dabbled in the cake pops and is really trying to stay modern with their desserts.

April 23, 2011 07:49 PM
baby said...

cupcake royal in seattle,washington ive never been even though i live here its kinda sad.

April 24, 2011 07:27 PM
N Hatcher said...

I am a cupcake baker….we have several cupcakeries in Fort Worth. I make a pink lemonade both cake and buttercream that is the best I’ve ever had….and a chocolate Groom’s Cake cupcake with ganache in the center and chocolate buttercream on top! Soooo good! I have 75 flavors. I really like watching this blog!

May 18, 2011 06:52 PM
Jenny said...

Kari is awesome huh! My hubby is from Vegas and we were there over Christmas and New Years. We went in and my hubs was getting me a cake for my birthday the 20th of Dec and I couldnt decide on a flavor, and bless her heart she made a preggo woman very happy. She gave me a cupcake which she said she never ever does. It was awesome, I had the red velvet and thats what my cake was too. We went back another time while there and I had a mint chip cupcake and it was amazing!! Retro is awesome!

June 2, 2011 04:05 PM
Kelly said...

Hi Bakerella,
I just started viewing your blog and I love it. I just opened my own virtual cupcakery. We deliver cupcakes anywhere in NC. And ship anywhere in the US. I would love for you to check out my website

Hope you enjoy my website as much as I enjoy yours sincerely,

Kupkakes Drive Mikrazy

June 25, 2011 10:08 PM
Sara said...

Umm….this is great….Retro being my favorite bakery ever!!!! And Bakerella has been an inspiration to me for years….now they come together!??(kinda) ;) wow….now I don’t know which shirt I wanna rock today….retro bakery, or my Bakerella……yes, i do own both….

August 3, 2011 01:18 PM
cupcake obbsesed said...

i must say the milk and cookies cupcake looked like the best cupcake in that box i totally wish i was bakerella at that moment what was your favorite cupcake from that box bakerella

November 19, 2011 11:58 PM
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February 21, 2012 07:25 AM
Mckenzie said...

oo la la!! I wish someone would send me those cupcakes!

April 4, 2012 10:51 AM
alex said...

mishas cupcakes is amazing!

November 20, 2012 05:54 PM
Sam said...

Retro Bakery was our local cupcakery until we moved to Germany. I think about her Drumstick cupcakes ALL. THE. TIME. Randomly, I’m even more excited to try your cupcakes knowing that you’ve had Kari’s!

August 20, 2013 12:35 PM
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