Cupcakes in Colorado

Cupcakes by Liz Rackoff of Batter Cupcakes in Eagle-Vail, Colorado; photo by Theo Stroomer for Vail Daily

There's a great article about cupcakes in today's Vail Daily, which also gives us an awesome shoutout and has a recipe at the end for carrot-coconut cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

"Crazy 'bout cupcakes in Eagle County," Vail Daily

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado — Cupcakes are the quickest way to feel 7-years-old again. There’s something about the mini frosting-slathered desserts that provoke visions of birthdays celebrated in second-grade classrooms.

Mom would walk in holding a tinfoil topped tray. Below, a treasure chest of sprinkle-covered cupcakes awaited, ready to be devoured. Everyone knew you were loved.

No longer is the little cake relegated to chocolate or vanilla, plain or sprinkles. Now it’s indulgent Belgian dark chocolate cake topped with Bailey’s Irish cream cheese frosting or buttercream sponge cake with creamy pineapple cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut.

Apparently the cupcake is even controversial. When Gourmet magazine featured the innocent cupcake on their cover a few years back the letters piled up. Some people cheered — and shared pictures of their own creations — while others chastised the publication for declaring the humble cupcake gourmet.