As if there weren’t enough reasons to pig out in November (it is, after all, National Fun With Fondue Month), it turns out November 10 is National Vanilla Cupcake Day. But wait, we thought every day was cupcake day.
For those who strictly observe any and all food holidays, we’ve put together a neighborhood cupcake crawl.
Members of the do-it-yourself, overachieving, Martha Stewart camp can search for recipes in the cookbook section at the Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. Lesser mortals can just mosey on over to the shop’s cafe, which stocks Southport Grocery’s highly addictive cupcakes.
We ran into Sharin Nathan, owner/pastry chef of Sweet Sensations, 1918 W. Montrose Ave., at last weekend’s Dose Market. If you’re willing to stray from the literal interpretation of Vanilla Cupcake Day, Nathan recommends giving her Lemon Meringue version a try.
Can’t stop at just one cupcake? Angel Food Bakery, 1636 W. Montrose Ave., will reward your gluttony with its buy 12, get one free loyalty program. There’s even an app to help you keep track of your number of purchases.
Guilt-free indulgence may be an oxymoron, but at Delicious Cafe, 3827 N. Lincoln Ave., the baked goods are at least vegan, so you can have your cake and smugness too. Serving up treats with a side helping of social consciousness: Blue Sky, 3720 N. Lincoln Ave., and First Slice, 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave. and 4664 N. Manor Ave.
Consider this a training session; national pie day, December 1, and cookie day, December 4, are right around the corner.