We’ve come to my final Las Vegas cupcake adventure: Mad Hatter Cupcakes. This bakery popped up in my pre-vacation research so I knew ahead of time that they were located away from The Strip. Luckily my husband and I had rented a car and were heading to Virgin, Utah (home to Zion National Park) to visit a friend. Mad Hatter Cupcakes was on our way!
One of the things that intrigued me most about Mad Hatter Cupcakes was their, “build-your-own” concept. It was the first time I’d come across it, so I was super excited about the opprotunity to get creative. Of course, when I walked in I was too overwhelmed by choices to use my own creativity! However, Mad Hatter Cupcakes has an organized display, showcasing possible creations, as well as a menu board with suggested flavors. The staff working there was also very helpful in letting us know what they liked and what (if any) alternatives to the menu they preferred.
Dan and I decided we would get six to take with us. I don’t think I could have chosen any less, and looking at the photo of the display case again makes me wish we’d gotten more!
We had many new adventures in Utah, including river rafting, rappelling, taking a dip in a natural hot spring, and hiking up some big elevations; and we ended each night with a cupcake adventure. I had to replace all the used up calories somehow, right?
(Dan and I at Zion National Park, where we hiked up to Observation Point. I almost gave up, but I’m glad I didn’t! See that little valley below? Yeah, that’s where we started. It’s an 8 mile round-trip hike, estimated at 5 hours, and an elevation gain of 2,100 feet.)
I was excited by my friend Hannah’s enthusiasm over the cupcakes. If the great outdoors are her first passion, food is definitely a close second. After taking us out and showing us how much fun Utah can be, the least we could do was share our cupcakes with her. This might have been when our idea to cut up a single cupcake for multiple tasters was born, because none of us could choose a single flavor.
(Strawberry Lemon: Strawberry cake with a lemon frosting. Unfortunantly I can’t remember the filling. I recall this was my least favorite of the group due to some of the fruit flavors seeming to be artificial.)
I remember us all being very impressed with the majority of these cupcakes. As usual, the Mocha Latte and Peanut Butter Fudge (possibly named the Peanut Butter Explosion at the time) were standouts for me, as well as Dan and Hannah, since we all love coffee and peanut butter chocolate. The decorations were fun, but definitely not as high end as what you’d expect to find in the fancy hotel/casino. But that just makes their suburban shopping strip location perfect. If you are in Vegas and manage to pull yourself away from the allure of The Strip, I highly recommend giving Mad Hatter Cupcakes a try. And if you’ve been there more recently than us, let us know if they are still living up to our first impression.
– Posted by Cupcake Crusader, Jenn (Westminster, MD)