Out and About: Simply Cupcakes

There’s little more satisfying, or lovelier to eat, than a freshly baked cupcake. When a cupcake is local, though, it tends to taste even sweeter. Simply Cupcakes of Traverse City has been providing the most beautiful and delectable cupcakes made from scratch since its opening about one and a half years ago. Its signature ‘not too sweet’ Italian butter cream frosting has been paving the way for their ever-present bright pink boxes that travel with their owners around Downtown TC.

Simply Cupcakes isn’t only a place to pop in to for a quick order, however. They also offer custom cakes for parties, meetings, birthdays and weddings. Customers can choose from a vast variety of cupcakes, regular cakes and, most recently added, macaroons! The appropriately sweet Heidi informed me that Len, the bakery’s owner and baker, recently traveled to New York to study the art of baking macaroons from French bakers. My indulgence in my Red Velvet macaroon has left me awe-struck.

Whether you appreciate a simple cupcake or love a more elaborate taste, Simply Cupcakes offers about 40 flavors—anything from the Bumpy: dark chocolate cake stuffed with white chocolate ganache, fluffy butter cream frosting and chocolate shavings; to the Silly Wabbit: carrot cake made with ground walnuts, chocolate ganache and white Italian butter cream. Not every flavor is available every day, however; they only offer their vegan cupcakes once a week and they get snapped up quickly. They also experiment with flavors to fit anyone’s theme. Last year they celebrated the Traverse City Film Festival by offering a vanilla cake topped with popcorn and caramel that was only available during the week of the festival. If only there were room enough to try them all!

If you are interested in having Simply Cupcakes cater your wedding, rehearsal, shower, or any event for that matter, head over to their contact page and do it in a hurry! They’re already booking up for the summer, and you do not want to miss out.

Visit Simply Cupcakes to take a bite out of local flavor and I promise you’ll be going back for more.


Out and About: Left Foot Charley

Traverse City has become a mecca for the local agricultural industry. As a community, we've welcomed our local farmers, chefs and brewers with open, and might I add eager, arms. With wineries being an abundant destination option, Left Foot Charley adds a simple, yet decadent spin with their luscious hard ciders.

LFC prides themselves on three beautiful ciders: Classic Hard Cider, Ginger Hard Cider and my personal favorite Cinnamon Girl - a beautiful spicy blend Michigan apples and Sumatra Cinnamon. Similar to the always unpredictable weather of true Northern Michigan, LFC's brewers often brew according to what moves them. Experimenting in oak, cinnamon, honey, different yeast, apple blends, carbonating techniques, and fermentation temperatures, the ingredients may change, but their taste and quality is unwavering.

Although Cider and wine is their specialty, they also pride themselves on their beautiful and carefully selected location, gently set amongst creeking oaks behind Building 50 of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. This location allows LFC a gorgeous space that would be a beautiful choice for a fun engagement photo session or a rehearsal dinner, catering to your individual needs as a couple.

Recently, LFC has been host to the deliciously talented Kristin Karam's Ethnic Eats where for $12 you can enjoy a taste of such food as Cuban, Mexican, Cajun, Indian or Lebanese dishes (along with many more), and your choice of Cider or Wine. Hurry down on Thursday nights from 5-7 to take advantage of this delicious treat, as it's while the food lasts!