Today I made a trek to the south  Austin farmers market armed with a cooler and a 10-pound bag of ice. Since I had plans to stay in town for a few hours, I hoped that my preparations would keep my purchases fresh until I got home. Quite fortunately, a thick layer of clouds blanketed the city and the temperature remained surprisingly mild as I wandered through the maze of vendors, dogs, and baby strollers.

Bromeliad

Bromeliad

In addition to a large selection of colorful local produce, I was taken in by the variety of other offerings — homemade soaps, grass-fed beef, goat cheese, buffalo jerky, sushi, rotisserie chicken, popcorn, nuts, clothing — everything was tempting!  Pears, figs, purple hull peas, and oyster mushrooms (as well as a stunning bromeliad) came home with me today.

Oh, yes – there were also cupcakes. After the not-so-great GF bakery experience, I was a bit hesitant to try baked goods again. But when I got to the Hill Country Cupcake booth I was mesmerized by the gorgeous selection of delicately iced and decorated cupcakes on display. How could something so angelic in appearance taste anything but heavenly?  I took a chance and requested the GF cupcake and was told they had four flavors available.  Well, in for a penny, in for a pound — I asked for a  4-pack so I could sample them all (actually, strawberry had sold out, so I got an extra chocolate one to fill the space).  I carried my precious little box back through the market to the car, arranged it carefully in the cooler to keep the cakes upright, and went about my day.

A sampling of GF varieties from Hill Country Cupcake

A sampling of GF varieties from Hill Country Cupcake

The cooler did a great job of protecting all of my purchases  while I ran errands and had lunch; the buttercream on the cupcakes was absolutely perfect when I got home.  This evening I sat down with a cup of tea and a chocolate cupcake.  To my complete delight, the cupcake was wonderful!  Dense and with a lovely crumbly texture, the rich chocolate cake was perfect all by itself  — but even better with the swirl of chocolate buttercream and sprinkles.

Anyone in ATX who hasn’t tried Hill Country Cupcake should give them a try!  (OK, so I know that my blog doesn’t have any followers, but still – these cupcakes deserve word-of-mouth advertising.)  With flavors like cinnamon and sugar, cookies and cream, strawberry shortcake, banana pudding, triple chocolate threat, lava fudge, and spring daffodil lemon, who could resist?  I’m pretty sure the ones in my fridge won’t last beyond the holiday weekend.

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