Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cupcakes for Change

Salted Caramel Cupcake

Divine Bites, $3

The Divine Bites cupcake bakery is the latest enterprise from Vancouver, WA-based Gifts For Our Community. Since 1997 the group has offered grants in support of community projects promoting "human services, education, and the arts". Fundraising takes several forms, including a holiday sale, the volunteer-run used furniture store Divine Consign, and Divine Again, a re-upholstery shop that keeps consignment items looking their best.

Divine Bites cupcakes are baked off-site and brought into Divine Consign each day, where they are carefully displayed in a huge glass case. Around 20 flavors are available at any given time, most of which include a decadent hidden core of fudge or flavored cream: the "Elvis Special" is banana cake with peanut butter frosting and a fudge center, while "Marshmallow Elegance" is chocolate on chocolate with marshmallow cream. I had what might one day be known as the "Obama Special", a moist chocolate cupcake with an oozy caramel center, topped with caramel buttercream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Divine Consign
904 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Find more delicious treats in far-flung places over at Wanderfood Wednesday...

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