Icing Cupcakery offers both gourmet creations and simplistic flavors

By Sarah Fulton

Sarah Fulton, managing editor

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Bright pink polka dotted walls greet customers as they enter Icing Cupcakery, 12980 W. 87th St. Pkwy, but their attention is immediately locked onto the display case. The case is filled with eight different types of cupcakes that look like they belong in a magazine. Each one appears to be a perfect morsel of sugary deliciousness, and together they create a type of childhood wonderland that forces the customer to stare as if hypnotized.

Once the trance is broken they are forced to make the impossible decision of choosing which cupcake they are going to order. The Cupcakery offers a full spectrum of flavors from the extremely adventurous: Salted Caramel and Mochaccino, to the slightly risky: Pumpkin Sin and Strawberry Lemonade, to the safe staples: Vanilla Vanilla and Peanut Butter Cup.

I considered the Salted Caramel, but the mound of light pink icing on top of the Strawberry Lemonade and dark chocolate color of the Peanut Butter Cup ended up winning my affections.

The Strawberry Lemonade was oddly but nicely tart for a cupcake. The strawberry seemed to be wholly contained in the icing allowing it to be a lemonade cupcake instead of just being a tart strawberry cupcake. The icing was piled at least an inch high making it impossible to fit all the icing that went along with a single bite into your mouth. However, this meant that you had a valid excuse to take a enormous indulgent bite and sink your entire face into the cupcake like a child. After finishing the cupcake I had a huge smile on my face like a 3-year-old who was on a sugar high after eating an entire pack of Oreos.

The Peanut Butter Cup was a decidedly more adult cupcake. It had a deep husky flavor that was unexpected and a nice surprise. The texture was dense and provided a full satisfying without the intense amount of icing. The peanut butter flavor was light and overwhelmed by the chocolate, but the cupcake was so delicious that I did not mind.

The only problem with the Cupcakery was the price, a single cupcake was $3 with a dozen being $33 dollars. Still, the cupcakes are so filling, sugary and good that you only want one. They are a decadent desert that deserves a higher price, and while $3 may be a bit much, they are well worth it.

The cupcakes are a must-have for any time you need to cheat on a diet or just lapse into a sugar coma.

Overall rating: four out of five stars

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