Cupcake Capers in Portland

Last week Logan was home for a visit. He is my “foodie” child – he loves food! In fact while he was home he was so sweet, he said to me, “Mom, you will go to heaven for your cooking alone!” I love that boy!

While he was home we went on a field trip together. We had a cupcake caper! We decided to check out and taste test cupcakes from three of Portland’s cupcake bakeries.

We headed down to NW Portland to Saint Cupcake.

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We bought 5 different types of cupcakes at Saint Cupcake. I thought the Big Top cupcakes were darling – it is a vanilla cupcake with chocolate chips on top – like a cookie and a cupcake! The color of the vanilla cream cheese frosting changes daily to match the mood of the baker. He must have been happy the day we were there because they were orange!

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We stuck to the basics there with the Vanilla with Cream Cheese Frosting, Vanilla with Buttercream Frosting, Hot Fudge on Vanilla, Hot Fudge on Chocolate and a Big Top. Their selection varies daily and you can check out what’s available each day here.

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The next stop was Cupcake Jones in the Pearl District of Portland.

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Their selection is a little more unique and upscale, many of them inspired by their favorite desserts. They have samples of each of the days offerings in jars for you to try.

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You can check out their flavors for the day here on their board…

Cupcake menu

or you can check out the display in the front window and watch them work all at the same time.

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Not only were their cupcake offerings unique they are also beautiful.

We sampled the S’mores complete with a homemade marshmallow and graham cracker on top.

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As well as the Blueberries & Cream, Creme Brulee, Velvet Painting and the Pearl. Be sure and check out their daily specials.

We only purchased mini cupcakes at all the bakeries but they all offered full size cupcakes as well. At Cupcakes Jones their full size cupcakes are filled with various ganaches and fillings – yum!

Our third stop was close to home – only two blocks from home. Danger! A cupcake bakery only two blocks from our house!

Bliss Cupcake Shop - the newest of the three bakeries is located at Bethany Village. We have made several visits there already. This trip we tried 3 flavors – Lavender Lime Bliss, Red Velvet Bliss and Rainbow Bliss – are you seeing a blissful theme here?

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Unfortunately it wasn’t Wednesday when they serve their SunnyDay Bliss cupcakes – my favorite – a vanilla bean cake with lemon curd filling and lemon buttercream.

During our taste test Bliss Cupcake Shop had both the favorite and the least favorite. The kids all voted the Rainbow Bliss – covered in M & M’s as their favorite and the Lavender Lime Bliss as their least favorite.

Can we choose our favorite cupcake bakery? No – we loved them all.

This is what was left at the end of our taste testing.

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But with Bliss Cupcake Shop only two blocks from our house – we will be visiting that one the most. Especially on Wednesdays when they have Sunny Day Bliss! For their other daily specials check out their menu.

Now that we are in the cupcake mood I am anxious to try some of own flavor creations here at home – have any favorite cupcake recipes to share?

Comments

  1. 1
    Julie P says:

    Now that’s a tasting I can get behind! Good luck at camp – our girls got back last week and got poured on all week long. Poor girls (and leaders!).

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    Cathy says:

    Your “cupcake caper” looked like so much fun! I was inspired to see if Tulsa had any cupcake bakeries – and they do! Since we plan to run into Tulsa today, I am going to see if we can swing by Kupkakz – my kids will love it! Thanks for a fun idea for an outing!

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    Kara says:

    Sounds so fun to go around and taste test mini muffins. I need to try it sometime!

    Have fun at girl’s camp. I have been for the last three years but was released in January. I loved camp soooo much and am bummed I don’t get to go this year. I had a blast every time!

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    Shelly says:

    I was so excited to see your post about cupcakes. My husband is a business traveler so I MAKE him bring home cupcakes from all over the U.S. “Cupcake takes the Cake” blog is my lifeline!! Anyway, my favorite cupcake at St. Cupcake is their toasted coconut and I haven’t tried Bliss yet…but soon! We are going to LA next week so off to try Sprinkles and Crumbs. I love your blog! Thanks.

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    Vicki says:

    I just can’t believe a cupcake place like that exists, let alone 3 of them in the Portland area!! I am definitely going to have to visit one of those next time I’m up there – yum!! Your pictures are great, too!

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    meg says:

    Yummy! I might have to get me some cupcakes this week!

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    carol says:

    What a fun day… what a fun mom! I think I’m hungry for a cupcake.

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    Sarah says:

    Oh what a fun day!!

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    Jennifer says:

    My family loves strawberry cupcakes- pink frosting and all. Here is a great recipe from my Mom’s 1963 copy of McCall’s Cook Book. It is actually a muffin topped with cream cheese frosting (tinged pink with a few drops of red food coloring).
    2 c. sifted all purpose flour
    1/4 c. sugar
    3 t. baking powder
    1/2 t. salt
    1 t. grated lemon peel
    1 c. milk
    1/3 c. melted butter/shortening
    1 egg, slightly beaten
    strawberry jam (1 t. per muffin)- home made is the best!

    Sift together dry ingredients. Mix in lemon peel. Separately mix wet ingredients in a small bowl. Make well in center of dry ingredients and pour in milk mixture all at once. Stir quickly with a fork until dry ingredients are moist. Do not beat. batter will be lumpy.
    Place 1T. batter into ea. greased muffin pan cup. Add 1 T. strawberry jam and top with additional batter to make 2/3 full cup. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 mins. Frost with cream cheese frosting:
    4 oz. butter, softened
    4 oz. cream cheese, softened
    2 c. powder sugar
    1 t. vanille extract
    1-2 drops red food coloring

    Mix well until smooth.

    Enjoy!

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