Sunday, December 30, 2007

jan. 5, 2008!

welcome in the new year with some delicious cupcakes!

this week:

white chocolate cake with raspberry cream filling and white chocolate buttercream
lemon cake with cream cheese frosting
faux hostess (v)
chai tea with cardamom buttercream (v)
mexican hot chocolate

from noon until 6 @ letterbox: 2741 hennepin ave s. minneapolis.

as always: sharyn is the bomb for the photos!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

dec. 29

blood orange with champagne buttercream
me making a weird face at the fabulous sharyn who takes all the amazing photos!
vegan red velvet
not at all vegan zach of letterbox fame.

the last cupcake saturday of 2007! let's make it a great one!

red velvet (v)
mexican hot chocolate
chocolate malt
blood orange with champagne buttercream
pineapple upside down (cup)cake

2741 Hennepin Ave S
from 12 pm - 6pm (or until they are gone!)

hope to see you there! new years cupcakes, how can you go wrong?


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

saturday december 21

cranberry orange with cinnamon clove buttercream: thank you to greg schaal for the photo!!

get your holiday cupcakes this saturday!

carrot cake (v)
almond chocolate coconut (like an almond joy) (v)
peppermint vanilla
black forest
cranberry orange with clove cinnamon buttercream
LBX signature (dark chocolate orange)

from noon - 6 @ Letterbox: 2741 Hennepin Ave.

hope to see you there! and have a great holiday!


Saturday, December 15, 2007

cupcakes 12/15 & an excellent link!

today @ LBX!

mexican hot chocolate
german chocolate (v)
chocolate orange
gingerbread with lemon buttercream

and the fabulous sharyn came over yesterday and took AMAZING photos! check it out!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

dec 8th in cupcakes!

this week!

peanut butter and jelly
pumpkin chocolate
black forest
cranberry orange with cinnamon clove buttercream (v)
lemon meringue
vanilla on vanilla

from 12-6 @ letterbox! 2741 hennepin ave minneapolis

dec 8th, 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

a few kind words

Crazy for cupcakes

With or without the fall rain, I knew I was in for a Saturday delight. It was just past noon and I was on my way to Letterbox, an Uptown stationery and home d├ęcor shop, for Cupcake Saturday and I had planned accordingly — I tactfully harvested what felt like a week's worth of hunger for the brainchild of local celebrity baker, Sheela Namakkal: Miel y Leche cupcakes.

I arrived just as a group of smiling guests were exiting and gleefully peeling the wrapper from the little bakery bite. Now my senses were aroused and my appetite had married my sweet tooth, both begging for sugary confections. Not only could I smell the reason why people were leaving with radiating smiles but I could tell some of the people were regulars, asking, "What do you have for us today?"

Tucked into the front corner of the store, Namakkal was simultaneously reciting the five different flavors and boxing the art-for-food, round-topped cakes. The chef-gone-baker was busy serving mouth-watering buyers pumpkin, butterscotch, and Namakkal's favorite — Mexican hot chocolate. Made with cornmeal, the sweet and spicy dessert is meant to imitate the unrefined texture of real Mexican hot chocolate. For only $3 a pop, you're guaranteed a homemade indulgence.

Finally, it was my turn to taste. Staring up at me from their cake stands were thickly whipped frostings in butter cream and chocolate ganache, chow mien noodle toppings coated in butterscotch, and for the Halloween holiday, sugary marshmallows. I had a hard time deciding which cupcake would tickle my buds, but I chose a pumpkin one, nicknamed Jack-O-Lantern, crowned with a candy corn pumpkin for good measure.

Be aware, if you're stopping in any other day of the week, you won't find cupcakes. Namakkal and Letterbox owners Kimberly Yurkiewicz and Zach Barocas partner up only for a few hours of cupcake chaos on Saturdays. She starts baking Friday afternoons until just before dawn Saturday morning before unveiling her little darlings for business at noon. Get there early for the first pick of the sweet delicacies.

2741 Hennepin Ave. S.
Saturdays, noon–6 p.m., or until the cupcakes run out