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Cupcake Adventures: Cupcakes in Haiti

One thing you should know about me is I love cupcakes. Anytime my 4th graders need to create a team name, it is some variation of the Traveling Blue Cupcakes. Sometimes the cupcakes are blue, sometimes they’re dancing, but these kids know that if it’s traveling + blue + involves cupcakes, then I’m in! Often when I travel, one of the first things I research is cupcake shops. Consequently, I’ve been to more than 100 cupcake shops. And now I’ve had my first experience with cupcakes in Haiti!

On our way home from a day trip to Satama Hotel, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Cap-Haïtien, Haiti has a cupcake shop. I couldn’t resist checking out a new cupcake shop, so we made a quick stop! It was quite a treat to check out the cupcakes from Goût Sucré Pâtisserie. Decorated in pinks and purples, the store was quite adorable! You also just had a feeling when you walked in that it was going to live up to its name, Goût Sucré, meaning sweet taste.

The Cupcake Trifecta

The variety is not the same as is typically available at many cupcake shops in the United States, but they are not able to source as many ingredients in Haiti, so it is understandable. The cupcakes are reasonably priced and in terms of the cupcake trifecta:

•Cake to Frosting Ratio – Knocks it out of the park!

•Cake – A basic American grocery store vanilla cupcake.

•Frosting – The frosting had a different texture than expected. However, I’m not sure if that is exclusive to this shop or if this type of frosting is simply more typical in Haiti.

Finding the Cupcakes in Haiti

If you’ve spent much time in Cap – O’Kap to the locals, Cap Haitien most formally – you know that the Boulevard is the place to be.  With the exception of Denny’s (not the tired American chain but possibly the best BBQ chicken you’ll find in Haiti), if you’re looking for a restaurant you’re going to find it on the Boulevard.  The Boulevard du Cap-Haitien is the uncharacteristically wide stretch of road lining the coast which Google Maps will tell you is Mardi Gras Reef, but don’t get excited because you won’t want to touch this beach with a 10 foot pole.  Drive northwest over the small mountain to some lovely beaches, and come back to the Boulevard for some food.  From the Auberge du Picolet, where my sister and  brother-in-law had their wedding reception, to Barik the cowboy bar.  Yes, I’m serious.  There’s something for everyone in Cap.

While this cupcake doesn’t make my list of Top 10 Favorite Cupcakes, the custom creations look great and it’s great for Haiti to be opening new and different businesses like this.  So, if you’re looking for cupcakes in Haiti, or simply want to support local businesses,  I’d recommend a visit!

Other posts you might like:

Haiti: More Than an Earthquake

Cupcake Crawl: Orange County

Cap-Haïtien is a port city on the north coast of Haiti in the Caribbean. Look no further than Goût Sucré Pâtisserie for cupcakes in Haiti.
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The Best Girl Scout Cupcakes

If you’ve spent any amount of time here on the blog or on my social media then you know I love cupcakes!  Like they’re my favorite y’all!  A world with cupcakes is just a better world.  But I have discovered a way to make them even better…use Girl Scout cookies to make them!  So I figured it would be the kind thing to do to gather up all of the best recipes for Girl Scout cupcakes and share them with you.  This way you can take your cupcakes to the next level.

As with most of my posts, this post may contain affiliate or referral links.

The great news is, if it’s not cookie season you can order them from Amazon (each type of cookie has a link where you can get them on Amazon).  Which means you can make these cupcakes in the middle of summer.  Even if you’ve already eaten the last box of Thin Mints you stashed away in February!

Samoa Cookies

Samoa Cupcakes from Baking Mischief

Decadent Samoa Cookie Cupcakes from Virtually Yours

Tagalongs

Tagalong Cookie Cupcakes from Inside Bru Crew Life

Tagalong Cupcakes from My Baking Addiction

Thin Mints

Thin Mint Chocolate Cupcakes from “Cents”able Momma

Thin Mint Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake

Thin Mint Cupcakes from Just 2 Sisters

And if these Girl Scout cupcakes aren’t enough cupcakes for you, you can find more cupcake inspiration, go check out my Cupcakes board on Pinterest.  This is a carefully curated board filled with hundreds of yummy ideas!  And I’m certain hundreds of cupcake recipes is always a good thing. GOTM post signature

The 12 Days of Cupcakes

Today we’re talking all about baking for the 12 Days of Blogmas!  But let’s be real for a moment…if I’m going to talk about baking is there anything I would talk about other than cupcakes?!?  We’re again combining two things I absolutely adore…Christmas and cupcakes for….Christmas cupcakes!

So today we celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas Cupcakes!

We're celebrating 12 Days of Blogmas with ideas and inspiration for Christmas cupcakes that can be easy enough for kids or showstoppers.
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me one Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two White Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four Snowball Elf Cupcakes

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven Eggnog Cupcakes

On the eigth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight Spiced Apple Cider Cranberry Cupcakes

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine Snow Angel Cupcakes

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten Peppermint Cream Cheese Cupcakes

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

On the twelvth day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve Eggnog Cupcakes with Butter Rum Frosting

What is your favorite treat to bake at Christmas?!?

See more holiday baking from the Blogmas bloggers!

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Gift Guide: Cupcake Lovers

It’s time for Day Three of the 12 Days of Blogmas! and today I’m sharing a gift guide that is near and dear to my heart…it’s a cupcake gift guide filled with goodies the cupcake lover in your life will love!  And if you don’t have a cupcake lover in your life, feel free to pop one, or more, of these goodies under my Christmas tree!

As with most of my posts, this post may contain affiliate or referral links.

Gift Guide for the cupcake lover in your life
The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes (Betty Crocker Big Book) – 175 cupcake recipes people…that’s like a new cupcake every other day of the year!!!

Melissa & Doug Bake and Decorate Cupcake Set – Because let’s be honest, it’s never too early to brainwash teach the children in your life all about the excellence that is cupcakes…and Melissa & Doug toys are some of my faves!

Neff Women’s Cupcake Beanie Hat – A cupcake hat…I might live in Southern California, but we have days when it drops down into the 60’s and so this would be the perfect hat!  And it’s probably even more useful if you leave somewhere it actually gets cold 😉

VonShef Snap and Stack Cupcake Storage Carrier 2 Tier – Store up to 24 Cupcakes or 2 Large Cakes – I have three of these and let me just say, they are GENIUS!  If you’ve ever needed to transport cupcakes, you need these stackable containers in your life…trust me on this!

The Children’s Place Baby-Girls G Cupcake Bodysuits Pack of 4,Iced Mint,9-12 Months – I don’t have any children but when I do, you can bet I’d have a few of these for my daughter…but in the meantime they’re great for nieces and any other baby girls you know!

Accoutrements Cupcake Bandages – Because who wants a plain old band-aid when you can have a cupcake band-aid?!?

Cupcake Lip Balm Frosting Dessert Flavored Scented Novelty Gift – Take the flavor of cupcakes with you all day…without having to run further to burn off all of the calories from eating too many cupcakes!

A few other things you should know…we’re giving away lots of prizes…like nearly $1000 worth so you’ll want to head over to day one to enter!

Other Cupcake and Gift Guide posts you might like:

Travel Lovers Gift Guide

 Cupcake Crawl: Orange County

See more Gift Guides from the 12 Days of Blogmas bloggers!

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Cupcake Adventures – Sift Dessert Bar

Let the Cupcake Adventures continue with a stop at Sift Dessert Bar in Petaluma, CA!  When I travel I’m always on the lookout for a fun, new cupcake shop to try.  Reader recommendations, Google searches, Yelp reviews and Instagram searches all help me discover new cupcake shops.  And my trip to Sift Dessert Bar to try was not a disappoint!

Not only do they have a delicious variety of cupcake flavors, they have frosting shots.  Frosting shots y’all!!  I don’t know what it is about frosting shots but anytime I see a cupcake shop selling them, my heart just gets excited!  Frosting is a big part of how I form my opinion of a cupcake shop so I think the frosting shots are a great way of sampling a variety of frosting flavors.

So the big question is…how does Sift Dessert Bar measure up to my cupcake trifecta?

Moist cake?  Check!  Fortunately I visited Sift Dessert Bar with my family so it was much easier to sample a variety of flavors (when I visit places on my own I just look glutenous!) and there were no dry flavors!

Frosting too sweet? The frosting was excellent…especially the lemon frosting!  And in case you were wondering…lemon is my default favorite cupcake!

Cake to frosting ratio? A really outstanding ratio!  I rarely, if ever, see cupcakes with too little frosting.  But I often see cupcakes with too much frosting…but that wasn’t the case here at Sift Dessert Bar.

Bottom line…if you’re in the greater San Francisco area, be sure to look up the Sift Dessert Bar locations and stop by to try one of their delicious cupcakes!

Tweet: My Cupcake Adventures continue at @siftdessertbar http://bit.ly/2c2d5aT via @jmdenouden #cupcakes

Other Cupcake Adventure posts you might like:

Cupcake Crawl: Orange County

Tipsy Cupcakes

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Fall Cupcakes Roundup

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s this…I love cupcakes!  Overall I live a very healthy lifestyle.  I workout 4-5 times per week and almost everything I eat is clean.  But I believe life is all about balance and so occasionally I indulge in cupcakes!  So I did a search in my favorite cupcake cookbook and on Pinterest for some fall cupcakes I can indulge in during my favorite months of the year…the “ber” months!

As with most of my posts, some links may be affiliate links. This means at no additional cost to you, I may make a small commission on anything you buy through the link. You don’t pay anything extra, but you help support your favorite blog with something you would have bought anyways.

Fall kicks off in September, a month filled with lots of apple goodness!  So I thought we should start our list of fall cupcakes with all things apple!

Apple Cider Cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes 

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

October is all about the pumpkins and a roundup of fall cupcakes would not be complete without a few pumpkin cupcakes!

Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes

Mini Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Toasted Meringue 

And no roundup of fall cupcakes would be complete without a look at fall decorations and holidays!

Fall Leaves Cupcakes

Halloween Brownie Cupcakes

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

Tweet: A few yummy fall cupcakes from @jmdenouden #cupcakes http://ctt.ec/74v20+

Other cupcake posts you might like:

Orange County Cupcake Crawl

Cupcakes in Chicago

Cupcake French Toast

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