Over the past few years, cupcake shops have popped up across town; they're this decade's frozen yogurt shop. In Denver, you can trace the trend back to Happy Cakes Bakeshop in Highland, and that shop -- now in a new location in the courtyard at 3434 West 32nd Avenue -- remains on the cutting edge of cupcakes.
Consider this sweet fundraising project: Every Thursday in April, Happy Cakes is featuring a "Tennyson Center Mystery Flavor" -- created by kids at the nearby Tennyson Center for Children, a center for abused and at-risk youth. The kids submitted two pages of potential cupcake flavors, all based on a spring theme, and "we came up with the recipes that matched the name," explains co-owner Laura Reynolds. (On an earlier project with the Tennyson Center, the kids tried to come up with the recipes, "but it was a little much," she says.)
So far this month, Happy Cakes has offered up Tickle Me Pink Raspberry and Hopscotch Butterscotch; today's mystery flavor is Tulip Tangerine. On April 22, the mystery flavor will be Grasshopper and on April 29, Blooming Berry Banana
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"We were impressed by how thematic they were, and great flavor combinations," Reynolds says.
See for yourself by picking up a mystery cupcake today; they sell for $2.50 each, and all proceeds go to the Tennyson Center.
Find more info on Happy Cakes here.