Even though I live in a town that has two cupcake shops of its own and is only minutes away from the many others that have become staples in Manhattan, I still get excited when a cupcake shop opens a little bit closer to my home town. There are a few that have inched further into suburbia, but the best one I've found so far is Little Sweet Cakes in the shore town of Pt. Pleasant, NJ. They seem to have perfected the art of offering really unique flavors while still mastering the basic components of really good cake and frosting.
This weekend, they had some special flavors in honor of St. Patrick's Day--Black and Tan, which tasted like its namesake, and Irish Car Bomb, which was a Guinness chocolate cupcake topped with a layer of chocolate ganache followed by Bailey's Irish Cream flavored frosting. It was amazing.
They also had some good non-Irish flavors, too, like a peanut butter and banana cupcake that tasted like a banana cream pie.
I can't wait to plan some more trips back here. If the cupcakes were this good for St. Patrick's Day, I can only imagine what they must be like for other holidays.