The Cupcake Road Less Traveled

Sugar Expressions - Caramel Apple CupcakeAs a Los Angeles County native, I still discover new areas through my tasty explorations.

Such was my experience on the reconnaissance to Sugar Expressions, a bakery with handcrafted cupcakes, cookies, and cakes.

In an effort to avoid as much traffic as possible, my route meandered through residential hills I never knew existed.

It truly felt like an adventure!

When I arrived at my destination in Whittier, I was fascinated. Of course I’d heard of the city, but not of this Uptown neighborhood.

What other twists would the day hold?

Sugar Expressions Bakery was quiet when I entered, giving me time to study the cupcakes in their display case.

Though Valentine’s Day was just a week away, there were no themed flavors. However, this didn’t bother me. I was having a hard enough time narrowing my decision.

I asked the associate for details to help.

Finally, I purchased two cupcakes for $2.75 each. This was no special, but their everyday price – a delightful deal, indeed.

If their cupcakes were good, this would be a win-win! I left the bakery and returned home, eager to find out.

Once there, I started with their Caramel Apple. It’s an apple cake with cream cheese filling and caramel cream cheese frosting, topped with a caramel drizzle and sprinkled with walnuts.

With my first taste, I knew things were off to a fine start.

The cake was moist with a muffin-like density. I enjoyed the random bits of apple that added to its flavor.

Its frosting was rich and creamy. The caramel and walnuts atop took it to another luscious level, without making it too sweet.

Sugar Expressions - Reverse Reese CupcakeThe cream cheese in the center was only a dollop. I liked it, but I’m not sure it was necessary.

I saved the mini wooden stick for last, savoring every drop of caramel and frosting.

Next was their Reverse Reese. It’s a peanut butter cake with chocolate chips, peanut butter frosting, and a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup to finish.

In my adventures, the peanut butter and chocolate combination is usually executed with a chocolate cake. It’s always nice to see the opposite, as I do love a good a peanut butter cake. 

And Sugar Expressions did not disappointment.

Like the cupcake before, this one had a moist, muffin-like texture. Its peanut butter flavor was apparent and each bite was loaded with rich, semi-sweet chocolate chunks.

The peanut butter frosting had a lighter consistency. It complemented the denser cake and its flavor was spot on.

To my surprise, there was a second mini Reese’s peanut butter cup in the cake’s middle.

Oh, joy. I thought as I gobbled it up.

I slowed back down for the remainder of the cupcake, smiling in content when finished.

I give Sugar Expressions 4 out of 5 stars.

This bakery is a good value with good cupcakes. As a Frosting Fanatic, I can’t ask for more.

I’m not sure where future roads will lead. I can only hope I enjoy the adventures along the way.

UPDATE: This business has closed since this article was posted.

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