(Photo courtesy of http://www.saintcupcake.com)
Saint Cupcake Galore, located in downtown Portland (and also SE Belmont Street), epitomizes the bakery definition of sainthood. I felt like I experienced an epiphany and discovered the true meaning of cupcake culinary arts.
Upon entering the bakery, I was enchanted by the blue pastel colors and the cute little red chairs. The atmosphere reflected a sense of comfort and pure happiness—customers chattered away in pairs and young kids with parents laughed as they enjoyed the sweet goodies.
Glass displays showcased neat rows of a rainbow of cupcake flavors, including the “big top”, a chocolate chip vanilla cupcake with cream cheese frosting; the classic red velvet; the “salty captain”, a caramel and chocolate cupcake; and the ever-popular vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. They even had vegan cupcakes.
Cupcakes came in two sizes, a full and a mini. I ordered two minis—one of the red velvet and one of the chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream.
The red velvet’s cake accented a deep, rich red color that complemented the elegant cream cheese buttercream that swirled on the top. The buttercream tasted creamy and had that tangy hint of cream cheese that blended well with the sweet red velvet cake.
The chocolate cupcake was crowned with chocolate buttercream bursting with a rich and exotic semisweet chocolate flavor. With each mouthful, I floated towards the clouds.
Saint Cupcake Galore will never disappoint any hungry soul with a sweet-tooth craving. Although canonizing cupcakes may not be possible, at least the world can still enjoy these wonderful creations.
1138 Southwest Morrison Street Portland, OR 97205
3300 SE Belmont Street Portland, OR 97214
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 7p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.