Cupcakes are a preferable alternative to birthday cakes, whose constant accompaniment by off-key singing has depleted the planet’s finite supply of forced smiles. Garner genuine grins with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get one-dozen assorted mini cupcakes at Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe (a $24 value). Each dozen will include the following:
- Four Very Vanilla mini cupcakes
- Four Sinfully Chocolate mini cupcakes
- Four Chocolate Peanut Butter mini cupcakes
This Groupon is valid at both the Alexander Street and Monroe Avenue locations.
The expert bakers at Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe compel mouths to water with an array of delectable gourmet cupcakes baked in small batches daily. Boxes sail home filled with an assortment of Sugar Mountain’s three standard flavors that reliably pop out of the oven every day of the week instead of sporadically whenever they need money from their confectionery parents. The Very Vanilla cupcake wraps its french-vanilla batter around a rich filling of vanilla chiffon and crowns the creation with a sweet headdress of bourbon-vanilla buttercream. A spread of chocolate cream cheese dances atop the Sinfully Chocolate cupcake, which is built on the foundations of chocolate fudge cake and a dollop of chocolate chiffon at its creamy core. The Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcake invites taste buds to work their way through the chocolate cake to the lode of peanut-butter filling after finishing off a bonnet of peanut-butter buttercream rolled in chunks of peanut-butter cups normally saved for pixie elephants.
Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe
Riley Greider is the mind, hands, and sweet teeth behind Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe, a gourmet bakery specializing in cupcakes. More than 128 flavors rotate across the shop’s menu in groups of 13 to 20 each day, baked daily in small batches from fresh ingredients.
With such an enormous repertoire of recipes, the cupcake case has room for classics such as carrot cake alongside fancier flavors such as cinnamon french toast and cherry crème brûlée—not to mention the decidedly outlandish, such as loaded baked potato and Game Day Chili. While retaining a home-baked look, many of the cakelets wear elaborate toppers of sprinkles, frosting swirls, or fruit. All this creativity won the shop the title of Best Cupcakes in City Newspaper’s 2011 Readers’ Choice poll.