Storefront and pseudo self-portrait.
Cupcakes. There is no escaping their cutesy charismatic colours and inviting frosting. Ubiquitous in big box chain bakeries, bookstores, and coffee shops. For some reason I wanted to scream at the roof tops for them to disappear completely and never be found. Was I on crack?
I was reminiscing about cupcakes from The Cupcake Corner, probably Winnipeg’s first bakery to sell cupcakes exclusively. (If I’m wrong, someone please tell me so I can correct this blunder.) They’re good, but they’re not spectacular. And the disappointing part is that the cake part of the cupcake tastes like it’s from a box. They probably are homemade. But my sister and I both agree that if we were to leave their cupcakes out for several days, they’d be ok.
On a random whim, my sister and I went to Sweet Impressions bakery to get the low-down on their cupcakes. What makes their bakery unique is the fact that they’re nut-free. I wonder if this includes crazies. Needless to say, this is definitely a plus for people who want to have dessert but are limited because so many places are exposed to nuts. ”Don’t they have peanutbutter?” my sister asked me. Funny, only Chris would crave peanutbutter cupcakes in a nut-free bakery.
Retro aprons from the outside, fish bowl view.
The interior is bright, colourful, and full of whimsy. They sell some really cute retro aprons, stationery, and I think I also saw some organic boxed cake/cookie mixes. We went towards the back of the store to check out their cupcake selections*. They vary day by day. My sister and I both quietly narrowed in on the Raspberry Cream. But we’re both so polite. ”Oh you want the Raspberry Cream, by all means you should get it.” ”No, no, no,… I insist that you get it instead.” This went on probably for a couple of minutes until we threatened the other that we’d make a scene (a small one did happen at DeLuca’s but that’s for another day). Chris won so I ordered the Raspberry Cream and she chose the Vanilla Angel.
The Verdict: Sweet Impressions – where have you been all my life? Between the two, my sister and I preferred the Raspberry Cream. The Vanilla Angel’s frosting was actually a little too sweet for our liking. Despite the fact that frosting is supposed to be the main event, the cakes were the part that shined brightly for me. Lovely and moist and Did Not taste like Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker (no disrespect because these brands are food for a pinch).
Raspberry Cream with Green Star; Vanilla Angel with Pink Cupcake (?).
I am telling you now to forget that other place and head to Sweet Impressions. Thank you for making me believe in cupcakes again.
*Note: Sorry, no interior pictures of the store because I was i) too shy to ask and ii) just wasn’t in the mood to be turned down in case they did not want pictures taken on the inside.