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Mar 28, 2008 08:08 AM

Miel y Leche: Cupcakes in MSP

I was just doing a little blog browsing and noticed that Sheela of Miel y Leche cupcake fame now has her cupcakes in Golden Fig in St. Paul on Fridays (in addition to Saturdays at Letterbox in Minneapolis). Looks like the hours are 10-2.

I thought hardcore cupcake fans would like to know!

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  1. What a great tip! I have a huge craving for cupcakes today - I see a trip to St. Paul in my near future. Thanks!


    1. OK, so when it comes to desserts, I don't go for the frou frou, tutti fruitti, this that and the other stuff. Give me a straight blast of chocolate, cream, cheesecake, carrot cake or some other object of uncomplicated decadence. Salted caramel. Peanut butter fudge. Simple combinations. You know the drill.

      That said, I couldn't keep from buying an Elvis cupcake from Sheela (the Miel y Leche "Cupcake Lady") at Letterbox on Saturday. Banana, peanut butter and marshmallow isn't exactly dessert mixology, but it exceeds my normal dessert ingredient quantity tolerance, especially without chocolate involved. But the bacon...gasp...yes, the bacon nestled on the top of the cupcake is what sealed the deal.

      The experience of finding bacon stuck to a cupcake top shares the physical logistics and psychologically satisfying wrongness of discovering the bounty in a morning visit to your glue-style mousetraps. Simply, an item that clearly had no business intermingling with its gooey environs. One always hopes for the presence of bacon (or the sight of the demise of another guano depositing plunderer of expensive Clif bar corners) but you're not quite sure this is cause for jumping up and down.

      I'm no expert when it comes to the taste of dead mice, but for sure, bacon on a cupcake is better (and pairs much better with letterpressed greeting cards and pretty wrapping papers). Kudos to Sheela and her cupcake brain trust on a real winning combination. The bacon was little more than an afterthought tastewise (and fodder for a borderline disgusting chow analogy) but it gave a neat identity to a really delicious cupcake flavor combination. If the flavor shows up again, I recommend giving it a try. Apparently vegan version is in the works (overheard).

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      1. re: MSPD

        Awesome! I must try it. Thank you for reporting this.

        I've been a constant advocate for someone to add bacon to the hard-to-improve Elvis cake, but no one has taken me up on it, yet (and I haven't tried myself because an entire cake made of bacon and peanut-butter would not be a good thing for me to have at my house right now...).

        But, now I know I must try an Elvis cupcake!


        1. re: MSPD

          omg. that is so rad. and a vegan (vegan bacon, vegan marshmallow!) elvis cupcake incarnation is nothing if not radder. **picturing a vegan elvis in leather-free boots and sparkly fringe jumpsuit, eating peanut butter-tofu bites and doing shots of banana-chocolate soymilk**


          1. re: soupkitten

            Yeah, the irony wasn't lost on me. I've always pictured the modern Elvis as more of a macrobiotic.

        2. The cupcakes are great, but the catering is not.

          We had a reception of 150 people, which they agreed to cater as well as make the cupcakes for. They agreed to 150 people, and we had 119 arrive for the meal. They ran out of food around 100 people. At a minimum, get the quantities in writing and make sure you agree to it.

          Best of luck.