During the most recent trip to Las Vegas when I stayed at Aria, I kept going over to Monte Carlo, either for a craps lesson or to play craps or to lose a bunch a money playing blackjack. During every trip from Aria to Monte Carlo you have to pass through a hall full of confections, and after a few trips, it starts to eat away at your willpower. Since eating (and drinking) in Las Vegas is already a pretty decadent experience, why not add at least one sugary dessert to the trip?
At The Cupcakery, a Las Vegas-based chain, there are a lot of unique flavors to choose from, in addition to the more traditional varieties. Since I tend to stick with red velvet or cookies and cream, I decided to get something a little more festive and picked the sparkly cupcake with an liquor element, since that felt more Vegas-esque.
The Kir Royale is a raspberry cupcake with champagne frosting, and I was expecting a more refined duo, since champagne isn’t especially sweet – at least not the good champagne. Some of the other interesting flavors included the “good morning” cupcake, vanilla with cinnamon sugar frosting or lemon berry with a bright blue frosting.
The raspberry cake was really delicious – fruit flavors can be kind of iffy, but this one wasn’t artificial tasting, it was moist and the perfect level of sweetness. The frosting however was a little different, well actually the opposite of the goodness of the cake – too sweet and artificial. A little was fine, but a little went a long way. I ended up removing most of the pretty, sparkly frosting, and just enjoyed the cake by itself.
Overall – I would pass on this particular combo again, opting for a more conventional frosting, but would recommend The Cupcakery if you need a sugar rush on the strip!