Do you have a sweet tooth? I really don’t as a rule, but for some reason, I find it hard to resist a good cupcake. I think it’s because they’re sized perfectly for one person. As a single woman who lives alone, this is important to me. There’s nothing more annoying than trying to buy or make food and finding everything is family-sized, and you wind up having to eat it for a week or more. With a cupcake, you get to satisfy that craving for something sweet without being burdened with an entire cake—and all the accompanying calories.
Cupcake specialty shops have been all the rage for the past couple of years. I’ve even heard of food trucks that sell nothing but cupcakes. When I saw that my Vegas hotel, the Monte Carlo, had a cute little cupcake shop, I knew where I was going to pick up my midnight snack. The Cupcakery is located on the Street of Dreams, the shopping area between the hotel and the tram to Aria, CityCenter and Bellagio.
I decided to stop off on my way up to bed that night. Imagine my disappointment when I saw that they were closed by the time I was headed to bed. (Well, of COURSE they were! It was after 11! What had I been thinking?) I’d missed my opportunity for a midnight cupcake! Oh the devastation.
The next day, I showed up much earlier (in the afternoon). I didn’t have a refrigerator in my room, but I was willing to gamble that the cupcake wouldn’t be stale by the time I ate it that night. (I was right.)
Perusing the options was almost torture. There were so many drool-worthy flavors. Should I get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup? The Southern Belle (red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting)? The Grasshopper (dark chocolate cake with mint chips and mint chocolate buttercream)? The El Rolo (chocolate with caramel)?
After reining in the urge to buy one of each, I went with the mocha mocha cupcake–chocolate cake with a luscious mocha buttercream frosting and a coffee bean on top. (And I wonder why I can’t sleep at night. . . .) The girl behind the counter wrapped it up for me in the cutest takeout container ever: It looks like Chinese takeout, doesn’t it? Adorable!
And how was the cupcake? Would I be writing about it if it were forgettable? It was scrumptious, of course!
Are you a cupcake fan? Where’s your favorite cupcake place in Vegas?