it was juuuust right

So soon after our trip to Vancouver where we experienced the ups and downs up cupcakery (see post below), Loopy and I found ourselves in Calgary this weekend... where we found the perfect balance of presentation, packaging, customer service, and frosting:


Behold: the second location of Crave Cupcakes, in Willow Park Village. Conveniently located across the street from Loopy's orthodontist... imagine that! We must have been born under a lucky sprinkle shaker. The "hours of sweetness" are listed in the window.


This place struck the perfect balance of clean, sleek design with a cool retro vibe. I would also like to mention that the staff was very friendly! I took a nice photo of the girl handing me my package, but alas, I forgot to ask her permission to post it here so you will just have to imagine a really cute blonde smiley girl {here}.


Oh, the display... all of those gorgeous cuppycakes, calling to us from behind the counter. We decided to get a mini assortment of twelve, plus the cupcake of the month: a strawberry mascarpone cupcake. I took one bite of that cupcake and informed Loopy she wouldn't like it at all and that surely I would have to finish it on the way home... and I did. 

All of the flavours were a hit, except the Nutty Over Chocolate, Loopy found the peanut butter frosting to be a little overwhelming. She didn't finish it.


Check out the packaging! Perfect! You can see the cupcakes, they don't get squished, easy transport... and a real fabric ribbon. Saucy lurrves.


As we rolled down MacLeod Trail to head home we spotted the Crave Wagon heading out to make a delivery. I was jealous. I wanted to be driving the Crave Wagon instead of my Jeep.

If you go to Crave, check out the signature Crave-O-Licious chocolate cupcake with baby blue buttercream and chocolate shavings. To.die.for. They use real butter in their frosting (thank you) and the cake and icing are so very, very soft and fluffy (thank you again).  I dedicate this installment of Silly Haiku Wednesday to this cupcake:

Dear Crave-O-Licious,
You are the most delicious
Empty calories!

... the happiest empty calories that I've had for a very long time that I've not baked myself. We'll be back. See you on Labour Day weekend.

29 comments:

jkddz said...

yummy.... see... you need one of these shops here.... and with a name like Saucy Sprinkles you can't go wrong!

the treat girl said...

PERFECT!!!!!!!!!! All is well when you have a beautiful dozen cupcakes tied with a pretty ribbon :)

oliver rain said...

Mmmm Crave cupcakes. Been a while since I had one of those.

Coco said...

SAucey you make me want cupcakes.

SandraD said...

Thanks for the review. Enjoy your time off!

Deanna said...

Yum!! Those look to die for! I love their logo (and name) to pieces!

Jennifer said...

Oh, I love Crave cupcakes!! They have a location in Kensington in Calgary as well.
But get there early, once they sell out, they are done for the day!

Chris said...

Those are the packages they use here too , aren't they fantastic , I knew you would appreciate them they are golden.
Chris
Just Beachy

roostreehouse said...

excellent, that is a carbolicious wonderland from ribbon to colors to flavah.. love the haiku too, so one back at ya:

Saucy is the queen
of the cupcake baking scene
Behold! She too craves.


xoxoxox

Gracie said...

you are definitely a girl after my own heart I LOVE cupcakes!

Tamara Jansen said...

WOW! That is some fantastic packaging and marketing! How much do the cupcakes cost? :)

Jerri-Lea said...

I'm with Jenn, I'll buy from Saucy Sprinkles!!

MJ said...

Yum-o-la!

Just say Julie said...

That does indeed look haiku worthy! I may have to do some cupcake comparisons here in Texas :)

Jenn @ youknow... that blog? said...

That. Looks. AWESOME!!!!

Very yummy - I think you and Loopy have a new mission in life, ya? Cupcake shop inspectors!

Thanks for participating in Silly Haiku Wednesday. We shared a very special cupcake moment, didn't we! ;)

alittlebitofscrap said...

So now I've added Calgary on my list of places to visit while in Canada :)
I love how the cupcakes look against all that white. Very Elegant.

Miss Quoted said...

how do you feel about red velvet cake with cream cheese icing?

Denise @ Life on Stepping Stone Lane said...

Dang! Now I want a cupcake!

Gail :) said...

Adorable delivery van!
Ever since you posted the sweet Harajuku solid perfumes I have been in love :) I could not justify making the purchase for myself, and they were sold out when I talked myself into it. Well last night I was flipping through the channels and HSN had cute bottles available. My 5 year old was in love!!! So needless to say we ordered G and Baby (strictly on looks LOL) I hope the scents are something we love too! Love the blog, and agree that maybe Saucy Sprinkles should be a Cupcake franchise :)

LarryG said...

this makes me smile!
i think i will bookmark it!

Amy said...

They look wonderful. You should definitely start up your own cupcake shop and then deliver to Utah.

sassy studio said...

They do look great but I bet they are not as great as yours Saucy!

Cassandra said...

Okay, let's just get one thing straight...cupcake calories are NOT empty! There's plenty of protein, vitamins and Omega 3's! (flour, eggs, oil) Not to mention the Happy Factor...that counts for something, doesn't it? :)

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Beauteous, the cakes & ribbon & haiku [oh my].

If you ever get to [the other, first :D] Vancouver WA, let me know and I will treat you to Saint Cupcake in Portland. They are as close as we can get to your Crave, but they're pretty fabulous. Angels sing.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Could that place BE any cuter? And that VAN! Oh my. I'd never ever leave.

Jennifer Juniper said...

My Canadian neighbor is moving back to Calgary in December...she is sad, but I can tell her it's the land of Saucy and crave cupcakes. That should cheer her up :)

Kim said...

This place looks perfect!!! Mmmm...makes me want to do some baking....

Rosa said...

Deary me. Here I am trying to stay away from cupcakes (for the week, anyway) and you go and entice my taste buds! I am so in love that cupcakes are the rage. I shouldn't be as I can't say no, but I am just delighted! So my jeans are getting tighter, oooof! <3

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