Doesn't it seem like cupcakes have been popping up everywhere in the last few years? There are blogs, blogs, and more blogs, all about cupcakes. They show up at parties ranging from birthdays to baby showers. The Food Network regularly pits cupcake bakers against one another in the popular T.V. show, Cupcake Wars. Even the traditional wedding cake isn't safe from the cupcake craze. And you know what? All that is just fine by me. I love cupcakes, and I'm not afraid to admit it. Whew! I'm so glad I finally got that out in the open.
A good cupcake is - in my humble opinion - a near perfect food. Skeptical? Consider the evidence: cupcakes are adorable. They taste happy. They are endlessly customizable. They fit in the palm of your hand. Seriously, readers. What's not to love? As a bonus, cupcakes also make great photo subjects. Case in point, the sweet treats from Esther's Cupcakes, a local bakery where I recently had the pleasure of taking some photographs.
Early one morning, I arrived at Esther's just as the friendly staff began filling the display cases. They were very gracious and helpful as I set up the shoot in the front of Esther's shop. There were seasonal, summery flavors like Strawberry Lemonade and Peaches & Cream...
as well as Esther's updated classics like Carrot Cake and Coco Velvet (aka Red Velvet).
Even though it was barely 9:00 in the morning, I found it nearly impossible to ignore the siren call of the Caramel Macchiato cupcake, which I couldn't help but imagine would make a delightful breakfast if paired with a hot cup of coffee.
Esther's endearing baby-and-mommy versions of the Creme Brulee cupcake almost put me over the edge. Can't. Resist. The Crackling-Sugar-Cuteness!
A chance to see some special-order chocolate butterfly cupcakes and one of Esther's famous, tiered wedding cupcake towers was an unexpected treat.
The lady bakes up some rather unique flavors, too, like her Savory Sweet Corn cupcake with green chile, and this Green Tea cupcake adorned with red bean buttercream and mochi. Doesn't it look delicious?
As much as I love a pretty dessert, I won't bother wasting my time on even a second bite if it doesn't taste good, too. So, as soon as the photo shoot was finished, I put Esther's to the test by navigating my way through a Peaches & Cream on my way home. I am happy to report that these cupcakes taste as good as they look. I so enjoyed making these photographs of Esther's beautiful cupcakes! Thanks to everyone at Sacramento Press and Esther's for the opportunity.
2600 Fair Oaks Blvd, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95864
M-F, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
S-S, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Disclaimer: The Sacramento Press hired me as a freelance photographer to do a photo shoot at Esther's; I was compensated for my services. However, I think Esther's Cupcakes are wonderful and I believe Sacramento locals and visitors would like them, too. The opinions in this post are my own, always have been, always will be. Just keepin' it real, folks.