Having no children of my own, I get to politely excuse myself when some unpleasant parenting task is about to happen. If I’m with you when your kid acts up, I can just leave. Tantrum? No thanks, I think I have a wax appointment. Explosive diaper? Oooh – I just had a manicure – sorry! Time for potty training? Apparently for that one I’m totally on board. When my friend dedicated President’s Day weekend to the trials of potty training her 2 year old, I of course volunteered my non-parenting expertise which says for everything child-rearing, rely on bribery. If I know anything about toddlers (which I don’t) I know that they like toys, cartoons and sugar. This philosophy also works with dudes in their twenties but for them you can also add beer.
Anyway, for my potty training adventure, I swung by Indulgence Cupcakery in Haddonfield, NJ to pick up a dozen bribes – err – cupcakes. I got there at about 4pm and they close at 6 so they were already out of a number of flavors. To their credit, they did have a lot of flavors available for the day. I got the following: Smores, Red Velvet, Butterfinger, Cookies and Cream, Peanutbutter Cup, Classic Vanilla, Classic Chocolate, and Black Forrest and one more flavor I can’t seem to recall but I think there was a pretzel in it. I'd guess they had 15 or so flavors of the over 45 they list on their website. Anyway, the place was totally cute and I liked their logo:
Here are the dozen adorable cupcakes. I can’t decide if these are mini – I guess technically they are – they are certainly smaller than a standard cupcake. But with each having a generous dollop of frosting – not to mention additional toppings like nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc. These cupcakes are just the right size – 2 or 3 bites - enough for a sweet treat and it’s gone before you have time to calculate how many more sessions with your trainer this will cost you.
I ate the Smore cupcake.
I suppose it was a “graham” cupcake with chocolate frosting and a marshmallow syrup that penetrated through the frosting and was inside the cupcake too. The cupcake was moist and a bit like a spice cake but I can’t say it had a graham flavor – yummy nonetheless. The frosting was thick and chocolately and topped with the graham cracker crumbs – a nice touch. I’m a fluffy frosting person rather than thick but this was still super good.
One - VERY minor complaint - it took a while for someone to come up front to help me and although she was certainly friendly, she warned me to hold the box very straight because the cupcakes were prone to tipping over. I was nervous the whole way that I'd open my box of 12 cupcakes to find one stuck together frosting/cake mash. Maybe there's a better packaging option out there to prevent top-heavy cuppies from tipping?
And for my potty training pal - he did great! He had the cookies and cream!