After licking the last bit of frosting from my fingers, my sweet tooth was cured — well, only for a little while. The only cure was more cupcake.
So, I grabbed my cupcake passport book — yes, you read that correctly — and prepared myself for the sugar rush of Lorain County’s Cupcake Crawl, a month-long experience perfect for dessert-lovers.
Here’s how it works: Through Oct. 31, purchase a cupcake at five of the eight participating bakeries to redeem a free T-shirt. Chow down at all eight and receive an entry for a grand prize drawing for a basket full of dry ingredient jars from each shop to make their sweets at home.
Be sure to have your passport stamped at each stop. The book can be found at the bakeries or at the Lorain County Visitors Center, 8025 State Rt. 58, Amherst Township.
Participating bakers in Lorain, Medina, and Cuyahoga counties are each offering a unique flavor for the month, like Salted Caramel Bacon from Kiedrowski’s Bakery in Amherst or Chocolate Bourbon Pecan from A Cupcake A Day in Medina.
Did I accept the challenge? You batter believe it!
At Blue Rooster Bakehouse in Oberlin, I was handed a “Ho Ho” cupcake, a homemade recreation of the famous cream-filled snack cakes but “amplified by 10,” said owner Leo Boes.
I’m not too crazy about chocolate cake, but after sinking my teeth to the confection and finding a creamy marshmallow buttercream center, I was sold. Cooled chocolate ganache glazes the chocolate buttercream nesting on top and is garnished with the nostalgic finishing touch: white curlicue frosting.
Boes said the crawl is “incredible” and spikes sales at the bakery during the month. “Right now, there’s a line of six people and probably half of them are participating,” he said. “It brings a lot of new customers and most folks will probably get something besides the signature flavor.”
My second stop was at Little Devil Cupcakery in Amherst, where a maple nut cheesecake cupcake took my breath away: chocolate cake with a cheesecake filling topped with maple buttercream, mixed nuts, and a maple syrup drizzle.
As soon as I saw the maple syrup oozing down the sides, I knew I was in for a treat. Wide-eyed, I managed a few “Oh my goshes” as I stuffed my mouth.
The pillowy frosting was just sweet enough, leaving me entirely satisfied after devouring the final bite.
Call me a quitter, but after stop number two on the trail, I had enough of a sugar rush to last me the rest of the week. I hand the baton to you, readers.
Are your taste buds ready? One whole month of gourmet cupcakes. I challenge you to follow the crumbs.
Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.