Sweet Potato Cupcake Dreams

Sweet Epies - Sweet Potato Cupcake
Friends, have you ever eaten something so good, that you went to bed still thinking about it?

Well, that’s exactly how I felt about the selected cupcake Flavor the Month.

Please allow me to elaborate…

I’d been waiting for a reason to return to my new favorite, Sweet Epies in Downtown Riverside, California. 

Back in May, I heard they were debuting another cupcake flavor. However, between their hours and my dessert adventures, the timing didn’t align.

But this month, I was ready.

I smiled as I approached their store. The moment was finally here.

It was lunchtime; so a few patrons were finishing up their meal at a table near the entrance. I walked by, heading straight for the dessert case at the front counter.

Without asking, I knew which was the new cupcake. It called my name and had my undivided attention.

One of the owners proudly provided a full description.

The Kingdom Cupcake is a sweet potato cake with cheesecake center and cinnamon buttercream frosting, topped with salted pecans and a caramel drizzle.

I was captivated. It was like they made their Sweet Potato Pecan Cheesecake into a cupcake.

Oh, what deliciousness awaited! 

The regular was a good size, so I purchased just one for $3.50. Though I confess, since it was Mini Tuesday, the $1 minis did their best to get my attention too.

Thankfully it wasn’t a long drive home. Once there, I quickly prepared for my ritual – plate, fork, napkin, and silence.

I took a nimble of cake first. It was flavorful with a homemade quality. Spices and flecks of sweet potato were apparent. Its texture was moist and its density similar to a muffin. It could easily stand alone. Instead, it played a supporting role, allowing the frosting and toppings to shine.

The cinnamon buttercream was unlike any frosting I’ve tasted. Rich, sweet, buttery, along with spice notes, combined for a divine sensation. And there was an ample amount to last the entire cupcake.

Then, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it did.

I reached the cheesecake center. Correction, the New York Cheesecake center.

It was more of a thin layer along the top. So when I took a bite, it was cake, cheesecake, and frosting.

In other words – heaven. 

Still, there was more.

I saved the salted pecans until my last bites. The blend of caramel, pecans, salt, and cinnamon buttercream was transcendent. Had I been talking at this point, no doubt I would’ve gone mute.

When the last crumb was consumed, I poured a glass of milk and reflected upon the experience. 

I could see why Sweet Epies gave their sweet potato cupcake that title. It was mystical.

I went to sleep that night, and the next, thinking of the cupcake. But I’m not complaining. There are worse things to dream about than sweet potato cupcakes.

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