Deprived of nourishment in the womb by stronger, full-size cakes, cupcakes have overcome their physical shortcomings by maintaining dignity, even when covered in sprinkles. Give a high-five to the little guy with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of cupcakes at Starz Cupcakes in Capitola.
Starz Cupcakes founders Lisa Brighton and daughter Connie bake from scratch more than 190 varieties of preservative-free cupcakes culled from seven generations of family cake recipes dating back to the 1800s. Like the capital of Rhode Island, the Starz menu changes daily, tickling tummies with 19 flavors, including gluten-free, sugar-free, and Weight Watchers-approved options. Standard ($3.25) and mini cupcakes ($2) sate confectionary cravings via chocolate-merlot and carrot-cake creations, and red-velvet cupcakes dazzle palates with 17 rotating shades of rich goodness, such as coral, teal, and freedom. Bubbly italian sodas wash away leftover frosting and chocolate-chip debris after a successful noshing session.
Lisa Brighton baked her first treat—a peach cobbler—when she was just 4 years old. She had some help, of course, from her great-grandmother, Hazel, who taught her which spices to use and which spices to throw over her shoulder. Hazel also handed down several generations of family recipes and a passion for baking that’s been in the family genes for more than 100 years. Lisa puts it to good use at Starz Cupcakes, which she co-owns with her daughter Connie.
Lisa and Connie estimate that they make 220 different kinds of cupcakes, including 17 velvets—a new take on the classic red velvet—in ultra-bright colors such as coral, teal, and purple. They also bake gluten-free cupcakes for customers with gluten allergies, and sugar-free versions for sweets lovers on low-sugar diets. And the tiny cakes are as beautiful as they are delicious; each one is topped with a dollop of frosting and decorative trimmings such as sprinkles, chocolate chips, or coconut flakes.