Cupcakes are everywhere these days. Shops selling the little rounds of heaven have sprung up all over South Florida, from Miami to Jupiter. The only trouble is, a lot of them sell a sub-par snack. Some are too dry, others too heavy. But House of Sweets, the Cupcake Bakery and Cafe attached to House of Vintage in Delray, gets them just right. "A good cupcake is fluffy, not dense like a muffin or banana bread," explains the House's baker extraordinaire, Amanda Ginther. "And the icing has to be made with real butter and good vanilla, since it's the first thing you taste." House of Sweets' cupcakes have all those traits and more: the luscious, intensely flavored mounds are slightly sticky to the touch and topped with a buttery cap of downy frosting.
Ginther, along with Vintage owner Michelle Parparian, have sold their cupcakes from the backroom of their shop in a 1920s cottage for over two years now, serving chocolate and vanilla versions to-go and filling orders for parties and weddings. But today, House of Sweets is going big time with the grand opening of its new, dine-in venue, Cupcake Cafe. Stop by from noon to 6 p.m. for a veritable cupcake party: there'll be outdoor tables and picnic-style grass seats in front to set down and nosh; chocolate and vanilla will still rock the party (at $1.75 each), but Ginther and company will now offer specialty flavors like cookies and cream and the oft-requested red velvet ($3 each). At 3 p.m. folks will gather 'round for a cupcake eating contest that dreams are made of: fastest to a dozen wins. And the House of Vintage will pump out some ΄50s and ΄60s jams while a Summer Sale inside puts retro duds on discount.
Find the House o' plenty at 123 S. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. The Cafe will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 6, and Thursday through Saturday, noon to 9. Call 561-276-7477, or visit houseofsweetsbakery.com.
Sat., July 11, noon, 2009