Sugar and spice and all things…naughty?! Oh no no, eating cupcakes is not naughty at all 😉 Indulgent and delicious, yes, but not naughty. It just so happens that my cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe was named Naughty n’ Spice (how cheeky!) and it was all sorts of creaminess and yummy. If carrot cake had a spunky sister, this would be her. To brighten up a dreary fall day late last year, I enjoyed The Cupcake Shoppe’s seasonal special, Naughty n’ Spice, with creamy cinnamon vanilla buttercream frosting adorned with little red sprinkles, and moist spiced cake with lots of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. It was light and fluffy and the spices really came through in the cake. The combination of creamy buttercream and moist carrot cake-like cake just made me devour it and that’s saying a lot because I eat really slow!
I’ve posted about The Cupcake Shoppe and their cupcakes twice in my blog since I started writing and I’ve been visiting this lovely cupcakery for over half a year now. I’ve tried a number of their sweet little cakes and do I ever have my favourites! So far I’ve tried After Ate (mint chocolate), Coco Loco (coconut buttercream with shredded coconut on vanilla or chocolate cake), Cookie Dough (cookie dough buttercream with vanilla chocolate chip cake), Lov’n Lemon (lemon buttercream on vanilla or chocolate cake), Mango Madness (mango buttercream on vanilla or chocolate cake), Opposites Attract (chocolate frosting on vanilla cake), and finally, Red Velvet (cream cheese frosting on red cake).
Out of all the ones I’ve tried, my top 3 are 1) Red Velvet, 2) Cookie Dough, and 3) Naughty n’ Spice. I loved this cupcake and you can bet I’m excited to eat some more of them come next fall! Not to mention the seasonal aspect of the cupcake and tea made this scrapbook layout so much fun to craft and it totally gave me an excuse to play with my cute cookie alphabet Martha Stewart stickers, and fall apple stickers! 😀
Because David’s Tea is only several shops away from The Cupcake Shoppe, I have become quite accustomed to toting a cupcake to the tea shop and ordering a tea to go with it, and I have an old friend of mine who I used to nosh with to thank for this as she eagerly sparked this idea over half a year ago. I then sit there and eat it and guzzle down my tea. And then waddle out the door with my tummy full and my bladder the size of a watermelon. Tea and cupcake times are absolutely lovely 😀
Funny thing is, I often don’t scrap my cupcake photos. Most of them time I slip them into a photo album and admire them from there, but getting cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe and having them with a tea from David’s Tea is incredibly enjoyable and makes for some really inspiring scrapbook layout ideas! I’m a total nerd when it comes to this because the same way I match my accessories to my outfit, I match my cupcake to my tea. It’s true! I’ll walk into the tea shop and either find something I like that complements the cupcake, or I’ll choose something that matches the cupcake flavour. And what goes amazing with spice cake? Apples! Apple cinnamon is a tried and true combination that just works in so many desserts dishes whether it’s pie, crumble, or granola and cereal.
It was a chilly fall day and I wanted to take advantage of David’s Tea‘s new seasonal winter tea list and as luck would have it, they had an apple tea! So I ordered the Baked Apple tea to go with my Naughty n’ Spice cupcake and had myself a jolly good time! And as the cupcake shot into the top 3 of my Cupcake Shoppe list of favourites, so did the Baked Apple Tea. I mentioned here in my first David’s Tea post that my favourite tea thus far was the Crème Brulée and the Baked Apple quickly claimed the top 2 spot. I had mine iced and it was like sipping sweet apple pie. At times, some of the teas can come across as a bit diluted in flavour when iced, but this one is fantastic iced. It was a yummy way to spend a fall afternoon; apple tea + spice cupcake certainly equals everything nice 😉
The Cupcake Shoppe is located in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood at 2417 Yonge St., north of Eglinton on the east side of Yonge St. The Eglinton David’s Tea location is only a hop, skip, and step away from the cupcakery at 2389 Yonge St. David’s Tea is located at 4 other locations in and around Toronto, Scarborough, and Thornhill. Click here for a list of the other locations.
Scrapbooking materials used: mint green cardstock (Recollections); poppy red construction paper; apple and apple tree stickers (Sticko); cookie alphabet stickers (Martha Stewart Crafts); crystal adhesive gems (Studio 18); metallic gel pen; black Sharpie marker.