Buttercream Bake Shoppe, Balzac (Calgary)

Just outside of Calgary sits a small town called Balzac. And in this town, right on the highway leading to and from Calgary, is a relatively new giant shopping mall called CrossIron Mills. I met up with a friend there, and I also went because I wanted to walk around (was hoping to find a lot of good outlet stores, but came away relatively disappointed because this place is mostly just a regular shopping mall).

Inside the mall, in the middle of a hallway, is an outlet of Calgary’s Buttercream Bake Shoppe. There were plenty of mouth-watering displays of cupcakes and cookies.

Buttercream Bake Shoppe

Buttercream Bake Shoppe

I didn’t want a whole cupcake, so my friend and I opted for two mini cupcakes. One was a vanilla cupcake with a passion fruit frosting, and the other was a chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting. The cupcake itself was just ok – the cake was moist but not as flavourful as I’d like. I think I prefer the cake from Crave. The frosting on the passion fruit frosting was very fruity, and both it and the vanilla frosting were almost too sweet. (I think this is why I don’t eat cupcakes very often. They’re just too darned sweet for me!) The texture of the frosting was excellent though. Creamy, but not so rich that you feel like you’re sticking a piece of fat in your mouth. I think I like their frosting better than Crave’s.

mini cupcake

mini cupcake

Buttercream Bake Shoppe
CrossIron Mills Mall, Balzac – just outside of Calgary next to Highway 2
Two other locations in Calgary
www.buttercreambakeshoppe.com

Crave, Calgary – a second visit

Last October, during a visit to Calgary, I stopped at Crave for the second time to buy some cupcakes. (First visit documented here.)

There were 3 of us; I really didn’t eat them all. Really. And they all weren’t eaten on the same day either. These mini cupcakes were for one friend to take home.

Assorted mini cupcakes

Assorted mini cupcakes

These ones were for us to devour:
green = lemon lime cupcakes
white = red velvet cupcake
blue = chocolate cupcake

regular sized cupcakes

regular sized cupcakes

All were tasty except that I was a little disappointed with the red velvet cupcake; the cream cheese topping was tangy and creamy, but the cake itself was actually kind of flavourless. My friend raves about the lemon lime cupcakes but I think I like the chocolate ones the best.

Red velvet cupcake with cream cheese

Red velvet cupcake with cream cheese

Crave
#120, 815-17th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta
Also, other locations in Calgary.
www.cravecupcakes.ca

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Fun Friday – a Halloween special

Happy Halloween!

A few years ago, my workplace had a Halloween potluck and I signed up to bring a dessert. In my opinion, one of the easiet Halloween desserts you can do is make spider web cupcakes. They look impressive, but are fairly easy to complete.

Basically you take cupcakes (use your favourite recipe or a boxed mix), one colour of frosting, and another colour of icing sugar. After you frost all the cupcakes, take the icing sugar and draw 2-3 concentric circles on the cupcake, starting from the middle to the outer rim of the cupcake. Then take a toothpick and starting from the middle of the cupcake, draw a straight line to the outer edge of the cupcake. Continue to do this all around the cupcake. The line will drag the icing into a web shape (you’ll see the web after drawing all the lines). Then all I did was take some plastic mini spider rings, cut off the ring portion, and place a spider in the middle of the web.

I did take photos, but it was so long ago that I can’t remember where I put the pictures! Luckily I found another site that did something similar: http://www.easycupcakes.com/spider-web-cupcakes/

Fun Friday

I thought I’d continue the cupcake theme from yesterday.

A cupcake learns about the birds and the bees. Comic from Cakespy, a fun blog about cupcakes and cookies.

Cuppie CapersL The Talk

Cuppie Capers: The Talk

Crave, Calgary

During my summer trip to Calgary, I finally got to try a cupcake from Crave. I’ve sampled cupcakes from Whimsical in Edmonton before, and while they are good, I find that the buttercream is too rich for my taste and the cupcake is a little too dense. Crave, on the other hand, has a reputation of having some of the best cupcakes around.

Crave storefront

Crave storefront at their 17th Ave location

We got there a little late, however, and they were sold out of a few flavours already. I settled on a chocolate dirt cupcake (complete with a gummy worm, can’t remember the exact name), and my friend had a chocolate A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts cupcake.

cupcakes from Crave

cupcakes from Crave

My cupcake was very chocolate-y and light, the frosting was light and airy, and I gobbled mine up in seconds. The “dirt” came from fine cookie crumbs and added a nice bit of crunch. It was probably the best cupcake I’ve ever eaten. I should have bought more.

Crave
#120, 815-17th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta
Also, other locations in Calgary.
www.cravecupcakes.ca