Monday, August 1, 2011

Sweet Shops

Remember the other day when I showed you guys inside Miette? Well, as I was digging up those photos from last Fall when I was on the book tour, I found a bunch more sweet shops that I never showed you guys. Want to see? Be careful. You’ll want a cupcake or nine before you finish looking at them all.

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First stop on the book tour was Portland, Oregon. And it wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Voodoo Doughnut.

Love these logo-printed pink boxes.

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Check out their signature Voodoo doughnut.

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Yummm. They have fun flavors like Bacon Maple Bar, Grape Ape and even cereal covered doughnuts.

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Also in Portland is Saint Cupcake Deluxe.

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Their cupcakes were delicious and piled high with frosting.

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The shop was too cute for words with their adorable party supplies section. I had to have these paper cups. Although I haven’t been able to bring myself to use them yet.

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In Seattle, we have Cupcake Royale. Actually, there are five of them.
Cupcake Julie and I visited two of their locations.

Great sign.

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Great packaging. Love the tagline.

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And great tasting cupcakes with beautifully swirled frosting.

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Trophy Cupcakes is also in Seattle. They have three locations. Make sure you visit at least one of them. Trophy was on the Martha Stewart Show on the same day I was during Cupcake Week in 08. It was fun to finally see the shop in person.

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Look at that Peanut Butter Frosting. Yes, please.

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This is the Wallingford Center location. The awnings are fantastic.

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We grabbed a few cupcakes to sample.

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Then Julie and I had a cupcake showdown between the Seattle shops.

I think it was a draw since we weren’t comparing flavor to flavor, it was too tough to choose. They both had really yummy cupcakes.

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On to doughnuts at Frost just outside of Seattle.

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More traditional flavors than Voodoo… and that was just fine by me.

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Ice cream anyone?

Well, if you’re in San Francisco you really need to check out Bi-Rite Creamery.

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Get it by the scoop or take some home. This stuff is so good.

Brown Sugar with Ginger Caramel Swirl. Need I say more?

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You remember Miette, of course.

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Delightful little cakes and more.

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That Takes the Cake in San Francisco was a smaller shop, but big on flavor.

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I’ll take Peanut Butter cups on cake anytime.

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Right on Union Street in San Francisco is another sweet shop.

Pacific Puffs.

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All about cream puffs.

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Founded by two brothers making their mom’s recipe. Buff boys selling puffs. I’m sold.

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Wow, Julie and I really outdid ourselves in San Francisco.

Here’s another one. American Cupcake.

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FIlled with colorful little cakes …

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And some topped with cotton candy. So cute.

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Kara’s Cupcakes can be found in Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco.

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Modern. Beautiful. Delicious.

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And with such a sweet staff.

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After San Francisco, I met up with my mom in Los Angeles.

We stopped by Vanilla Bake Shop in Santa Monica.

You can’t miss this shop with it’s jumbo graphic awning.

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I see some pops.

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And sweet shots.

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Perty little cakes.

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Next up was Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills.

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A sweet group of girls greeted us.

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Their red velvet is one of my faves.

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Mom and I sat outside and enjoyed a few.

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In Salt Lake City, Utah we didn’t actually make it to any cupcake shops because of time, luckily I had a few folks bring some from the Sweet Tooth Fairy. Thanks Maria and friends.

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Yum.

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I mean YUM. We made quite the scene waiting for our plane at the airport and checking them all out.

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Wanna see more?

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Then check out More Cupcakes in Chicago.

They have a super cool way to display their cupcakes.

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Look at that frosting.

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Molly’s Cupcakes is also in Chicago.

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Peach Cobbler cupcakes anyone?

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This shop was jam-packed with a line out the door.

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And worth every bite. The one in front is called the Ron Bennington. Chocolate cake, peanut butter filling, chocolate ganache and butterscotch topping. Help.

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Unfortunately, in New York City, I only made it to one cupcake shop.

But, it’s one I would visit again and again.

Baked by Melissa makes teeniny cupcakes and serves them sans wrappers.

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Look at all of them. These little guys were surprisingly moist and yuuummmy. The only thing I would do differently next time is order more than six of these one bite wonders. Or two bite if you want to look like you have table manners.

Well that’s it. 17 shops in 8 cities. Hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I did eating at them all.

Portland
Voodoo Doughnut
Saint Cupcake Deluxe

Seattle
Cupcake Royale
Trophy Cupcakes
Frost

San Francisco
Bi-rite Creamery
Miette
That Takes The Cake
Pacific Puffs
American Cupcake
Kara’s Cupcakes

Santa Monica
Vanilla Bake Shop

Beverly Hills
Sprinkles Cupcakes

Salt Lake City
The Sweet Tooth Fairy

Chicago
More Cupcakes
Molly’s Cupcakes

New York City
Baked by Melissa

Did I miss any of your favorites? Give a shoutout to any more cities I should check out for their sweets scene.

One more thing. Here’s a little slideshow that includes even more photos of each shop if you’re curious.

Enjoy!

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