Border Cantos is a timely, new and free exhibit now on view at Crystal Bridges.
The Cupcake Factory opened in April of this year under the direction of owner and baker Missy Bristow. She and her small crew are already busy at work cranking out baked goods addictive enough to assure themselves of a loyal, frequently-returning customer base. The interior of the small shop is decked out in light pinks and browns and would make any Disney princess feel right at home, but whether you are a four-year-old girl with pig-tails or a 45-year-old biker with a rat-tail, you’ll enjoy everything about the Cupcake Factory after sinking your teeth into their delightful frosting. Currently they are sporting around a dozen cupcake varieties daily, each will cost you around $2-2.50 a piece. Additionally, they are offering a daily selection of pies, sold whole or by-the-slice, cake balls, brownies and other dessert bars.
When I stopped by, I stuck with what I was told were some of the more popular items. This included the “turtle” cupcake with chocolate cake, vanilla frosting, caramel drizzle and a fine coating of pecans. My personal favorite was the Reese’s peanut butter cupcake, which whips peanut butter into the frosting until it’s light and smooth and slathers it onto a dark chocolate cupcake. Another spectacular offering was the s’mores cupcake (available on Fridays) which uses a marshmallow buttercream frosting on chocolate cake with a glaze of chocolate fudge and a coating of crushed graham crackers. Eating one of these will bring back floods of wonderful memories of camp-outs, bonfires, and flaming marshmallows, without the hassle of bug spray, ticks, or sleeping on a tree root. Other varieties of cupcake offered here include Oreo cookies and cream, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and the omnipresent red velvet.
I hope the Chenal area continues to grow and will continue to add locally-owned, exceptional businesses. Such a beautiful part of the city deserves equally lovely food. The Cupcake Factory is likely to fill this niche wonderfully. Check them out before all your friends hear about this place and snag up all the best flavors before you get there.
The Cupcake Factory
18104 Kanis Rd. (near the intersection of Kanis and Rahling)