by Christina Morgan Cree
In the quiet town of Scotts Valley there is a place where dreams come true. Cutesy Cupcakes, a cupcake shop. Walking through the doors is like walking into a destination spot on the Candyland game board. A feast for the senses: sweetness envelopes and rows of decorated cupcakes as far as the eye can see.
I was first introduced to cupcake shops by a friend in the mid 2000s. It was in one of those gentrified San Francisco neighborhoods. My friend led me up, down, and around several blocks until we arrived at a small but chic nook that sold cupcakes. Just cupcakes. My first thought was, “How can they afford the rent by selling cupcakes?”
People love cupcakes.
When I was just a girl, the cupcake was reserved for birthday parties and special occasions. How many times did I daydream of eating a chocolate cupcake piled high with frosting and sprinkles only to rouse to the reality that I wouldn’t be seeing a cupcake until the next friend’s party. I can remember wondering anxiously on the way to a birthday if there would be cake or cupcakes. Would they have chocolate or vanilla? Hopefully, the gods would look on me and smile and there would be both. And hopefully the mom wasn’t pushing a carrot cake instead.
Nowadays you don’t need a special occasion to have cupcakes. You need only money and a temporary lack of will power. And these are not the cupcakes from your childhood. The cupcake has been elevated to a kind of couture cuisine. It comes in a delicious array of flavors, is filled with delectable surprises and is perfectly coiffed with all manner of frosting and jaunty little edible adornments.
Cutesy Cupcakes is one such shop. It is owned by three generations: mother, daughter, and granddaughter (Janeen, Jeanette, and Lacey). It all began for them in 2011 when Jeanette and Lacey attended the culinary program at the local community college and had the wonderful idea for a family business that they could build out of their mutual love of sweets. The business began in their kitchen making cupcakes for weddings using only a toaster oven. The cupcake tins were sawed in half so they would fit. They would bake through the night in order to meet their quota.
In June 2013, they auditioned for Cupcake Wars on The Food Network and were invited to compete on the show which aired the following September. You can watch their audition here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9m5wxDTgaM
They offer a wonderful assortment of flavors found here: www.cutesycupcakes.com/#cupcakes
Cutesy Cupcakes is located at 235 Mount Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066.
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