It's not wrong to indulge oneself every now and then. Especially if you've done something worth congratulating and there's no-one about to dole out the praise, a little self-indulgence is not only healthy but necessary. And even if you haven't really done anything worthwhile - well, you only live once.
A visit to my favourite cupcake store is just that - indulgence of the latter variety. Indecisive minds beware. What awaits you at Cupcakes on Pitt (I believe it's the original of the cupcake craze) is a cabinet full of bright, tempting, sweet little treats with more than just your chocolate and vanilla varieties. And given their ideal size and amiable price, it's easy to go on a mini tasting session all on your own. Or we could share the happiness around. Whichever.
This selection is predominantly the fruity flavours as when you've seen the mammoth chocolate feast I've seen below, you kind of want anything that's remotely healthy. Starting from the top left I have the butter cookie cupcake: a chocolate cake base with butter cookie bits baked in, topped with vanilla buttercream and more chunks of rich, crumbly butter cookie.
Below that is the raspberry: a meltingly good, pink-hued raspberry cake topped with a swirl of raspberry icing. In the middle is the apricot with its thick and creamy apricot icing. Below that is the rocky road: rich chocolate cake topped with ganache, nuts and mini marshmallows.
And then on the top right, the pumpkin cupcake: moist and subtle in flavour, and quite as innocent as it looks. And lastly, one of my favourites, is the blueberry cupcake: purple-tinged blueberry cake base topped with its correspondingly flavoured icing, it's like a blueberry muffin turned cuter, sweeter and a little naughtier.
And now for the heart-pounding, stop-people-in-their-tracks, little girl's birthday dream: the mega cupcake. I'm having visions of Paul Hogan looking at my little blueberry cupcake going: "You call that a cupcake? This is a cupcake!"
Unfortunately this photo doesn't do the Goliath any justice - it is one mighty big cupcake. Made to order in your choice of cake, icing, decorations and all, this is the stuff of cupcake fantasies. Just imagine blowing out the candles on this puppy and cutting into it. Make sure you don't cut to the bottom of your birthday cake? No problems here I think.
Can you ever have too much cupcake/chocolate icing/ganache? It would seem that there's one indulgent way to find out.