As I sat on the faux, grassy quad at the Magnolia Silos, in downtown Waco, soaking up sun and watching my children play, my mother-in-law disappeared. She came trotting back a while later with expensive perfume and a gloriously mysterious, black box filled with six enticing cupcakes.
HEB Bakery ($$$, $2.75)
The very next day while grocery shopping, my mother-in-law excalimed that the kids enjoyed the cupcake tasting so much she wanted to try it again. She bought six, big, fancy cupcakes from HEB, and the tour continued from there. When my mother-in-law wanted to get cupcakes two nights in a row, I was a little perturbed. My husband and I are always trying to watch our weight. It was fun and cute for one night, but two? Certainly, I was not willing to fall off the wagon for a commercial joint like HEB. But I was pleasantly, surprised. HEB also delivered a quality cupcake in flavors that packed a punch.
These cupcakes were the ones individually sold in the case, which are nicer than the pre-packaged cupcakes. Honestly, I did not even know these cupcakes existed at my local grocer. They were jumbo cupcakes, big enough for two people to share.
If you are bedraggled and cannot find time to make a bakery order and pick them up, or are on a budget, but still want to make some occasion special, do not shy away from the fancier cupcakes at the HEB bakery. You will not regret the experience.
What About a Cupcake? ($$, $2.50)
Simply Delicious ($$$, $3.00)
Delightful Hearts Sweet Treats ($, $1 - $2.25)
Lollipop's Sweet Treats ($, $1.75 - $2.25)
Sweetness Desserts ($$, $2.25 - $2.50)
The best cupcake at Sweetness Desserts was definitely the coffee toffee caramel crunch. We were about to leave the store without this cupcake when the kind, exuberant baker/attendant insisted we take one. We are so glad she did.
These cupcakes inspired me to write up our cupcake tour experience. I decided then that everyone had to know about these cupcakes.
We have some great bakeries in Waco of which most people are not aware. Go try some cupcakes when it's not someone's birthday. Live like there is no tomorrow.
-Definitely visit Tiffany at Delightful Hearts Sweet Treats.
Lastly, my favorite cake flavor is carrot cake. I did not get to experience a lot of good carrot cake on our tour. There were some contenders though. People don't care about the carrot cake and do not put a lot of effort into making it--or maybe carrot cake is just hard to master. When the right carrot cake comes a long it's like time stops as the shock and awe of all the complex spices, textures and flavors dance upon your senses. It's a moment to remember. I remember all the times I have had good carrot cake as though they were significant moments in my life. Carrot cake is just my personality--a little healthy with that carrot, spicey, unusual, all topped with a heavy, creamy, vanilla cream cheese frosting; people underestimate the carrot cake.
Happy Cupcake Touring.