This weekend in Portland was a delightful whirlwind of sugar and fat. We ate our way through this fantastic city. Given that we live only five hours away from Portland, I’m not sure why we’re not there more often but I plan to remedy that in the upcoming year. The cupcakes in that city are delicious!
To assuage our guilty calorie laden hips, we actually took a morning jog from our hotel (Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland) to Cupcake Jones. It was only about a mile but we still felt virtuous.
The shop was abuzz with activity when we arrived. The owners were both working and gosh, they were sweet. Talk about happy, friendly and joyful … these two seemed to absolutely love what they do.
Check out the video. Could you imagine a more happening place? Copious amounts of sugar plus good music equals one great atmosphere. And, they give back to the community by donating leftovers to a homeless shelter. How sweet is that?
We got a four-pack of mini cupcakes, including their Peanut Butter & Jelly mini (which my Father proclaimed “Delicious!”) and two large, filling-filled cupcakes. Hubby bought The Pearl, a vanilla on vanilla filled with vanilla cupcake and no surprise, I picked the Velvet Painting.
Yes, this was as good as it looked. The Velvet Painting rivals the Cupcake Royale Red Velvet. The cake was moist and the filling added an exotic touch. The frosting was just the right foil to the delightful little morsel. Cupcake Jones makes some good cupcakes.
My Mom didn’t agree. She tasted the Vanilla Pearl and pronounced the cake “dry.” I disagree as does my dear husband but truth in writing demands the good as well as the bad. If Mom had just met the owners, I’m betting she would have a different opinion.
If you’re in Portland, be sure to stop by Cupcake Jones. You won’t be sorry.
haha! thats exactly why when I’m not pregnant I run. (but in the dark so i don’t totally embarrass myself) i love my sweets too = )
in fact, as soon as this baby comes out i’m going to find the biggest, most decadent cupcake i can and indulge. just as a reward for staying away from them for 9 months!
Ack! Pressed “send” too quickly. I wanted to add, how funny that we were so close in proximity and in mission on our recent respective Portland trips! Hope you had a lot of fun (um, kind of looks like it!).
Woo! Go Portland! Go cupcakes! 🙂
Heidi, you are *so* sweet. I work out like crazeeeee, almost every day and my normal food habits are super healthy (lots of protein, little to no sugar, small healthy meals during the day, etc…) but man, those cupcakes make me go way overboard. I’m paying for it with a diet fit only for a mouse today … =)
I’m glad the cupcake crazy hasn’t hit west michigan…I want to eat everything in sight as it is! Everytime I see one of those amazing cupcakes my mouth waters and I have intense cupcake cravings = )
I must say, for all the cupcakes you enjoy, you look great!
Oh my gosh – if I could just reach through the screen and grab those cupcakes. Drool! Ok, I’m going to have to go bake now…
PB&J cupcakes? You found a cupcake my husband would eat?
If we ever make it out that way, I’ll be sure to make a scheduled stop.
I love all your posts about cupcakes.
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Oh gosh, you’ve made me so hungry now!!!!! Those look so delicious!