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Elkhart Dining Days: Cupcakes never go out of style at Mini Delights Bake Shoppe

Choosing a favorite dessert is kind of like deciding which Beyonce song is the best. They’re all really good, but deep down you know one is better than the rest. For me, the #1 dessert of all time is the cupcake.

Your typical cupcake is big enough to feel like you’re really treating yourself to a decadent dessert, but small enough that you don’t have to share it. And, of course, you’re eating cake, so every bite feels like a celebration.

When it comes to cupcakes, there isn’t a bakery in Michiana that can top Mini Delights Bake Shoppe in downtown Elkhart. Though the bakery at 217 S. Main St. can be a little hard to find (you have to walk through the artsy alleyway next to Secret Door Games to find it), you’re rewarded by sweet smells and a wide assortment of flavors when you walk in the door.

Enjoying Mini Delights during Elkhart Dining Days, when 10 percent of proceeds will help Church Community Services serve our neighbors in need, is extra sweet.

Kelly Bowdoin opened Mini Delights her daughter Ashley at the height of the cupcake craze in 2010. The bakery quickly became popular for its creative flavor combinations, fresh ingredients and gourmet experience. The retail location closed for a few months in 2015, but its open again under the direction of siblings Lisa and Steve Greene, Bowdoin’s cousins.

I never met Bowdoin, but I did eat a few cupcakes that she made. The Greenes’ cupcakes are just as fantastic.

In addition to special orders, Mini Delights serves an array of flavors in both mini and regular sizes to walk-in customers. There are the classics like yellow cake with buttercream frosting, chocolate on chocolate and red velvet, as well as more creative takes like maple bacon, peanut butter cup and chocolate brownie cheesecake.

The Greenes also serve a random flavor of the week. This week: monster cookie, a brown cake topped with peanut butter buttercream icing that has M&Ms and chocolate chip cookie dough pieces mixed in.

For Elkhart Dining Days, you can get a four-pack of mini cupcakes for $5, a half-dozen regular cupcakes for $10 or a dozen for $20. I picked up a four-pack of minis for home and took a dozen to the office.

It didn’t take long for the large pink box of 12 to become a large pink box of 0 here at the Federated Media offices. In fact, a small crowd gathered around the break area as I set the box down.

Mary Dix, our executive administrative assistant, enjoyed the chocolate raspberry cupcake. The chocolate cake was filled with raspberry jam and had dark chocolate frosting and a fresh raspberry on top. “I give it two thumbs up, absolutely,” she said.

Denise Rogers in accounting loved the pumpkin spice cupcake.

“The (cream cheese) frosting was creamy and not too sweet,” she said. “It was perfect.”

I dove into my personal all-time Mini Delights favorite, the white cake with fresh strawberries mixed into the buttercream frosting. It’s refreshing and divine.

Sometimes you need a little celebration in the middle of a rainy Wednesday. A Mini Delights cupcake was the perfect fit.

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