You may have trouble imitating Martha Stewart's intricate leaf-patterned piecrust or her prison-haunted lilt, but it's easy to imitate her impeccable taste with gourmet cupcakes from one of Martha's favorite cupcake bakeries. Today's Groupon to Swirlz Cupcakes gets you a dozen decadent cupcakes for $20 (a $40 value). The charming Lincoln Park cupcakery is known for its creative flavor combinations and artful presentation, and not for the giant, man-eating cupcake planning his escape from the padlocked basement. Each moist and light individually sized cake is topped with dual tiers of two-tone frosting and a yummy treat, such as sunflower seeds or custom, hand-made chocolates. The fun size and colors are perfect for kids, and the culinary combinations of unexpected flavors and quality ingredients make these tiny cakes foodie faves.
Each day, Chef Beth and her pastry squad rise early to bake fresh cupcakes from a rotating menu of flavors, including daily surprises and several gluten-free and vegan options. Set your Thanksgiving table with tender carrot or spicy pumpkin cupcakes topped with sweet, tangy cream-cheese buttercream. Try the luscious chocolate peanut-butter crunch (chocolate cake with a layer of chocolate crunch, topped with crunchy peanut-butter buttercream) or a rich banana cake topped with indulgent Nutella buttercream. Satisfy your sophisticated sweet-tooth with bittersweet chocolate (chocolate cake with bittersweet ganache and chocolate buttercream) or twixie (chocolate cake topped with melted chocolate, vanilla shortbread cookie, and salted caramel buttercream). The dizzying list of delicious flavors rotates seasonally, but is always available on the Swirlz website. To ensure you get the flavors you desire, call in your order 24 hours ahead of time.
Serving cupcakes to your guests cuts down on dirty dishes and eliminates the shame of being the first one to cut into the cake. Instead of making a different cake to suit everyone's tastes, you can get a dozen different flavors for fickle friends or firmly redefine adulthood with a cupcake-tasting party with a wine pairing for each scrumptious treat. Gone are the obnoxious protestations that a slice of cake is too big; because cupcakes fit neatly into your hand, you'll be too consumed with the childlike delight of devouring the artful edibles to think about blown diets and foreign occupation.
- This place is very much of a gourmet high quality bakery. The colors and flavors are just perfect - not too sugary, and definitely NOT too bland. – morankj, Citysearch
- Mmmmmm...The gooey insides of these delicious cupcakes at Swirlz. Frosting in different flavors, made from Italian butter cream, top the chocolate and vanilla cakes. Baked to perfection, these cupcakes are savored among one and all. – Joann S., Insider Pages
- ...I was so shocked at how gorgeous all the cupcakes looks [sic]! The service was also amazing because the lady took the time to explain what was in each cupcake! – Emily L., Insider Pages
Cupcakes vs. Everything
Most Americans have a variety of eclectic tastes in food, entertainment, and sensation to keep them satisfied and interested in the physical world. Most Americans are wasting their time. Since the invention of cupcakes, there has only been one worthwhile sensory experience: eating cupcakes. The following comparison-chart should convince the skeptical:
Cupcakes vs. The Oeuvre of Pearl Jam: One of the key bands of the ’90s grunge movement, Pearl Jam achieved mainstream success off the strength of their debut album. But with increasing fame came an increasing disillusionment that informed their behavior on and off stage, fueling one of the most enduring rock acts of their generation. On the other hand, cupcakes have frosting. Winner: Cupcakes.
Cupcakes vs. Jafar, the bad guy from Aladdin: The evil sorcerer known as Jafar begins his journey as Grand Vizier of the Sultan of Agrabah, using trickery and hypnosis in his unending quest for power. But unlike Jafar, cupcakes are free from desire, and can therefore never be tricked into wishing themselves a genie, gaining ultimate cosmic power at the cost of an eternity of servitude. Winner: Cupcakes.
Cupcakes vs. Larger Cupcakes: Reason dictates that cupcakes are the best thing, so a proportionately larger cupcake would logically be proportionately better. Some, however, argue that the cupcake’s ideal size is a contributing factor to its definitive perfection and that a deviation from this size would actually detract from its greatness. Winner: In an unlikely upset, brownies.
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