100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Pink Vanilla Cupcakes From House of Sweets

As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to John.Linn@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 89: Pink Vanilla Cupcakes from House of Sweets

What makes a great cupcake? There's proper density, of course. "A good cupcake should be fluffy, not dense like a muffin or banana bread," explains House of Sweets' baker extraordinaire, Amanda Ginther. But what about the frosting? "The icing should be made with real butter and vanilla," she continues. House of Sweets' cupcakes have all those traits and more: The luscious,

intensely flavored confections are slightly sticky to the touch and topped

with a buttery cap of downy frosting as airy and light as

it is buttery/sweet. The cakes are sold from the back of House of Vintage, a 1920s cottage in Delray Beach that hocks retro duds. Coupled with the nifty setting, one of those pink vanilla cupcakes and a cold glass of milk is just about heaven. Plus they're just so goddamned cute and a steal at $1.75 a pop.

Previous 100 Favorite Dishes:
No. 90: Skirt steak executive lunch from Beefeater Steakhouse
No. 91: Baby bok choy from Marumi Sushi
No. 92: Beer muenster cheese soup from Big Bear
No. 93: Chopped pork sandwich from Georgia Pig
No. 94.: Cannoli from Mona Lisa Coal Oven Pizza
No. 95: Cheeseburger from Le Tub
No 96.: LaSpada's Italian special hoagie
No. 97: Frito Misto from Sublime
No. 98: Chicharron tacos from Tacos al Carbon
No. 99: Primanti Bros. sandwich
No. 100: Chicken wings from Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza