Even the bitter cold won’t keep me away from cupcakes! I’m no winter warrior (after living in my homeland of Canada for 27 years, I’ve come to the conclusion that each year does not get easier and that I am, in fact, a wuss during both summer and winter seasons), but if I’m armed with a hat and super thick mitts and a scarf, there’s not much that will drive me away from the cake and frosting. I even poo-pooed the weather forecast back in February during one of the worst storms of the season and frolicked (well, more like stomped and sloshed) around town in the snow and slush making cake pops at Le Dolci, having lunch at Mela Cafe, and stuffing my face with a strawberry Valentine’s cupcake at Short & Sweet on the way home. Us cupcake fans know: when you love cupcakes you LOVE cupcakes, icky weather and all.
I know I say this every year, but I am truly so excited for Christmas and the month of December! I have plans with friends and family and my boyfriend, I have my Christmas presents ready to go, I’ve been taking advantage of some ridiculously fabulous sales (I’m nothing if not a fantastic shopper!), some desperately-needed scrapbook downtime is just a few weeks away, and for the first time in months, I feel calm, cool, collected and very content with the blog content I have planned for the rest of the month. Last year I was really disappointed in myself for not taking advantage of more holiday shenanigans and while, in hindsight, the circumstances I faced that prevented me from doing what I wanted to do for the blog were uncontrollable and unavoidable, I still feel like I could have done more to make Christmas and the holidays on Ate by Ate really great. And the way to make anything extra great is with cupcakes!
Introducing the marvelous minis from Prairie Girl Bakery! I’ve only ever posted about their full-size ones so this is special. Prairie Girl’s mini cupcakes ($1.75 each, $9.95 for half a dozen, and $18.95 for one dozen) come in all their permanent menu flavours and the bakery’s two Treats of the Week flavours. Honestly though, even though they’re mini in comparison to the full-size ones, they are by no means teeny-tiny. When I think of mini cupcakes, I think of a 4:1 ratio, bite-size morsels, and morsels you could easily pop in your mouth in one swift motion. Let me tell you, Prairie Girl’s minis will give you MULTIPLE heavenly bites and I’d say they’re comparable to half a cupcake. Two will truly hit the spot. Hell, I think even one could given how rich and creamy and thick the frosting is!
What I am loving about Prairie Girl’s flavours these days (aside from the thick, creamy, scrumptious frosting) is how they’re wonderfully subtle in holiday spirit. Aside from the dark cocoa chocolate cake with creamy vanilla peppermint frosting and crushed peppermint candies (pictured), the holiday flavours they’ve been doling out have come from their Treats of the Week line-up. What you see here are mini golden buttermilk cupcakes with sweet, creamy cinnamon frosting topped with a hot cinnamon jelly bean! Last week’s Treat of the Week? Pumpkin on vanilla. And this week? Almond on chocolate and vanilla cranberry on golden buttermilk.
OH.MY.GOD. I want everything! And I only wish these flavours were around permanently and not only for a week! What I love is that even though these flavours don’t necessarily scream “holiday” or “Christmas” necessarily, they touch on all the things we love about the festive season: the sights and smells of spices, nuts, and winter fruits. I mean really, when was the last time you came across a CRANBERRY frosted cupcake?! In my book? NEVER. Even though nothing beats lemon and coconut (and lemon and coconut meshed together!) in my heart, I love cranberry like you wouldn’t believe and I’ve always wished for a cranberry cupcake. I really don’t think I’ll be able to get my sweet teeth on any before the week is over and while that makes me so sad, I’m so happy knowing this is a flavour on their rotating Treats of the Week menu. If I’m patient enough, I’ll get to it the next time around!
Prairie Girl Bakery also offers a number of adorable decorative cupcake toppers that you can purchase up by the cash and they have almost type of cupcake box known to foodies! All of their fab boxes have inserts in them, keeping all your cupcakes neat and tidy and smush-free! What’s great is that they have so many different combinations. If you want a regular-sized cupcake plus two minis, there’s a box for that. If you want 4 minis (pictured), 4 inserts are waiting for those little cakes to be plunked down. And if you want 2 little ones, you’ll get the cutest cupcake purse box ever! My boyfriend is currently gaga over Prairie Girl’s chocolate cream cheese icing on golden buttermilk (which I still haven’t tried – foreshame!) and I am loving the chocolate peppermint. It’s like a chocolate peppermint patty with frosting!
I had myself a jolly good time taking these photos (hello mini cupcake models!) and I’m hoping this is just the beginning of the wonderful and delicious Christmas cupcake season!
Prairie Girl Bakery is located at Suite 106, 18 King St. East off King St. E and Victoria St. The cupcake shop itself actually faces Victoria St., so it’s just a smidge north of King on Victoria St. They are open 6 days a week from 10am-6pm from Monday-Saturday. They are closed on Sundays and statutory holidays. Their new 2nd location is located in the underground PATH in First Canadian Place in the Marketplace food concourse. The FCP location is open from 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday.