Now that’s an idea I can get behind, how about you!?!! I dare you to say no!!
To be less vague than my last post, I’m currently in St. George, Utah. If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s about 2 hours northeast of Las Vegas by way of Interstate 15. You drive from Vegas through a whole lot of NOTHING. Then you blink and you’re in Arizona. Then you blink again and you’re in Utah. This is seriously one of the most gorgeous places that I have seen. The pictures I have taken have just not even done justice to the awe inspiring landscapes.
I’ve been busy with my conference and for the most part, they fed us, but I did get some time to venture out on my own. By Wednesday afternoon the conference had ended. My colleague, Sarah (who is an OUTSTANDING baker!!), mentioned that she had read about a cupcake bakery in town. She had heard about it online and quick sidenote – if you’re a cupcake fan, Sarah pointed me to the blog Cupcakes Take the Cake for some food gawking and drooling. YUM.
So we packed up and headed into downtown St. George to check it out. The cafe is called Twenty Five Main and … wait for it… it’s located at 25 Main Street.
It’s an adorable cafe decorated in brown and robin’s egg blue. It’s trendy yet comfortable. They serve breakfast and lunch (and cupcakes!!) and Sarah and I oohed over the menu posted on the wall. It was mid-afternoon, so we didn’t get to sample some of the paninis that caught my eye, but I’d wager a guess that they’re pretty tasty! We did, however, taste the cupcakes!! May I take this opportunity to say YUM YUM CUPCAKES. (Sorry, had to get that out of my system!)
You never know what to expect at a place that makes cupcakes. Most bakeries seem to have gigantic (expensive) cupcakes with mountains of frosting on them that send you into a week-long sugar coma! Thankfully, this was not one of those places. Sarah and I got 4 cupcakes (don’t tell the diet police!) and cut them into small pieces to share. We wanted to taste several different flavors to see what the hype was all about. The cupcakes were normal size, like you’d make at home, with just the right amount of frosting on top. We tasted:
Vanilla with Strawberry Frosting
Chocolate with Raspberry Frosting
Chocolate with Chocolate Frosting
The vanilla cupcakes were PERFECT inside. They were moist and springy and crumbled in just the perfect cupcakey way. The chocolate cupcakes were also moist, but they crumbled a bit too much for my taste. The frostings were sweet, but not overly. The strawberry and raspberry frostings obviously had fresh fruit in some form or fashion in them. We did not ask, but I’d guess they had pureed fruit in them. Every few bites, you’d get a pop of fresh, summery fruit in your mouth. The chocolate frosting tasted like pumped up frosting from a can. I happen to LOVE chocolate frosting from a can (I know, it’s nothing but sugar and chemicals, but I love it!), so as far as I’m concerned it was a win. The chocolate on chocolate was a little too rich, but it was still tasty.
The winner in both of our books was the Orange Blossom. Sarah and I both agreed that they had to have used Orange Flower Water or Orange Oil. The orange flavor was delicate, yet prominent, and coupled with the moistness of the cupcake and the creaminess of the frosting, we had found cupcake nirvana!! If you are ever in St. George, you should check out this charming bistro/cupcake parlor!