There is now a tie for the most superfluous piece of advice I have ever read.
The first was on a box of treats from Chocolaterie Stam, noting that the chocolates should be eaten within two weeks. Ha! And recently I encountered this at Creme Cupcake + Dessert: “Cupcakes are best eaten day of purchase.” Mine was lucky it survived the walk out to the car.
I went to the bakery just off of Ingersoll to get a pick-me-up for my boss and me. Cupcakes were laid out in a glass case before me like pearls and diamonds at a jewelry store. And such cupcakes! Eighteen varieties, including seven every day flavors, two monthly flavors, a vegan option, a gluten-free option and two monthly flavors. They were all beautifully frosted and decorated. How would I choose?
There were also big, bountifully-frosted cinnamon rolls, whoopie pies, cookies, bars and doughnuts. That last offering is supplied by Topped Doughnuts of Ankeny — maple-bacon doughnut, anyone?
I snapped myself back to reality and made my choices: a Peanut Butter Passion for the boss and one of the April flavors for me — a Peep-cake.
My boss’ chocolate cupcake was covered with a swirl of delicious peanut butter buttercream frosting and topped with a tiny chocolate peanut butter cup. My cupcake was a sweet tooth’s delight. A bright yellow Peep was perched on a yellow cupcake that was frosted with the best vanilla buttercream I have ever had. The frosting had been sprinkled with pink sugar and there was vanilla creme filling inside the cupcake. I was as delighted as a little kid with an Easter basket.
The dessert lounge opens in the evening, pairing creative cocktails with gourmet desserts. It could be the perfect Girls’ Night Out. Any volunteers?Creme Cupcake + Dessert
543 28th St. • 280-1050
Tues. – Sat.: 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tues. Sat.: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Dessert lounge hours:
Tues. – Thur.: 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 5:30 p.m. – midnight