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.
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!
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.
The next stop was Cupcake Jones in the Pearl District of Portland.
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.
You can check out their flavors for the day here on their board…
or you can check out the display in the front window and watch them work all at the same time.
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.
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?
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.
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?