The Spicy Cupcake

July 27, 2018

When I got an email about a Flamin' Hot Cheetos Cupcake available at Sprinkles this weekend, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try such an unusual flavor (plus it's nice to be back in a city with a Sprinkles).
The cupcake was a vanilla cake filled with Flamin' Hot Cheetos crumbs and topped with a white cheddar cheese frosting and more Cheetos crumbs. My initial thought was, "whoa, this is my first spicy cupcake." But then the sharp, pungent smell of the cheddar cheese frosting was off-putting. However, the more tiny bites I took, my curiosity led way for it to become a tiny bit more enjoyable. The frosting is reminiscent of a savory cheese croissant but on a sweet cupcake base, it didn't gel well together. Minus the unpleasant flavor of the frosting, I kind of enjoyed the cake with the spicy Cheetos.

I applaud Sprinkles for their experimentation with an adventurous flavor but my palate didn't think the flavors worked well together. I'll steer clear of cheesy frostings that aren't of the cream cheese variety for the future.

On a side note: I decided to make my trip to get a cupcake into a little reunion with Chicago. It felt like it had been years since I walked around the city, enjoying the sites, shopping and eats. My pasta lunch at Eataly was totally delicious.
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Near North Side
50 East Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois

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