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Posted April 10, 2013 in Community Featured, Des Moines West
This is just a sampling of the cupcake flavors available at Creme Cupcake + Dessert.

This is just a sampling of the cupcake flavors available at Creme Cupcake + Dessert.

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
Bakery hours:
Tues. – Sat.: 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Happy hour:
Tues. Sat.: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Dessert lounge hours:
Tues. – Thur.: 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 5:30 p.m. – midnight

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