Someday I will learn not to be an emotional eater. Someday… After a great week together, Tim and I dropped my parents off at the airport on Saturday. Saying goodbye always makes me a little mopey, so we decided to sweeten the sad day with cupcakes!
I love cupcakes and have been a bit disappointed with the cupcake scene in Coeur d’Alene, or complete lack thereof. Granted, we were spoiled having several delicious cupcakeries within miles of our previous hometown – a Cupcake Wars winner even. But, we had a gift card for a place that seemed promising in Spokane, so we made a pit stop on our way home from the airport drop off.
Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop did not disappoint! (How could you with a name like that…) The teal and white awning and curliqued sign looked a bit out of place amidst the grungy streets of downtown Spokane, but Sweet Frostings was an oasis for the senses inside and out.
The decor is fanciful and charming with its floral walls and large umbrella, but the main attraction is the long pastry case full of beautiful cupcakes ready to be enjoyed. The friendly saleswoman mentioned Friday and Saturday were great days to come in because they have the most flavor variety, and indeed, it seemed so with no less than 20 flavors available.
After agonizing for way too long, we settled on French Toast, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Butterfinger, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. We could have filled multiple other boxes with Confetti, Tiger Tail (a lovely looking raspberry and coconut concoction), Chocolate Stout, Mint Chip Oreo, etc. A tiny tule bow put the finishing touch on our teal box and I barely resisted the temptation to break into the foursome on our way home.
My family is serious about cupcake sampling. We have a method and we don’t deviate from said method. Every cupcake gets cut into equal sized pieces and every person gets a plate with a piece of each cupcake. We try them in the same order, while drinking coffee, and make our opinions known. Tim and I carried this tradition on with our Sweet Frostings cupcakes and I’ll tell ya, there wasn’t one that got a neg review.
Each cake was moist and the frostings were stellar – true buttercream that the bakers managed to pipe in a smooth dollop. Little fondant hearts topped every cupcake in the shop. Even though I don’t like the taste of fondant, they are a nice signature look.
- Salted Caramel frosting – could have eaten a tub of it plain. Not sure how they got frosting to taste so perfectly salty and sweet. (Tim’s favorite).
- Bacon topping on French Toast – a great savory foil for the cinnamon infused cake and mapley frosting.
- Homemade butterfinger – that crunchy, flaky orange filling of the classic Butterfinger candy? Well, Sweet Frostings makes their own and puts it on their Butterfinger cupcake. Mmm…
- Chocolate buttercream (on Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake) – dense, rich, buttery. Another frosting I could have eaten by the tub full.
We will be in Spokane again on Saturday (for the Color Me Rad 5K!) and I’m not sure we will make it home without another trip to Sweet Frostings.
15 South Washington | Spokane, WA | 99201 | 509 – 242 – 3845 |
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Any other good cupcake places we need to check out?