What do you get when you combine craft cocktails and handcrafted cupcakes? You get Phoenix’s tastiest new boutique bakery, High Spirited Cupcakes
. Led by Valley native and self-taught baker, Lauren Klein and her partner, Heather Shoemaker, High Spirited Cupcakes tempts with 25 deliciously decadent, and wildly inventive, cupcake varieties, such as the bourbon-spiked Sinabun
or the Hole Molé
made with mezcal-infused chocolate molé cake. Always made-to-order right here in Phoenix, High Spirited Cupcakes also whips up custom cupcakes for any occasion or flavor profile, and even offers kid-friendly non-alcoholic versions.
A Phoenix native, Klein learned to bake alongside her mother and grandmother (“baking is my therapy,” she says), but it wasn’t until she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a theater degree that Klein realized cooking could be a career. “I still love theater,” she says, “but I wasn’t ready to relocate to L.A. or New York, and I’d always dreamed of opening my own bakery.” Although Klein had been experimenting with incorporating alcohol into her desserts recipes for years, it wasn’t until she met her longtime boyfriend, Ross Simon, owner of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
, that she got serious about spiking her cupcakes with premium liquors, liqueurs and other craft cocktail staples. “Ross helped open my eyes to the wide world of craft cocktails and all these amazing, exotic flavor profiles and tasty cocktail-like combinations,” Klein says.
Today, High Spirited Cupcakes offers dozens of delightful varieties such as Rosé All Day
(rosé cake filled with strawberry curd and finished off with a fragrant rose European meringue buttercream), and Breakfast of Champions
(Crown Royal maple cake with a maple whiskey pastry cream filling, topped with a peanut butter European buttercream and finished with candied bacon and chocolate eggs). Operating out of a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen in the heart of downtown Phoenix, High Spirited Cupcakes are available for delivery Valley-wide, as well as curbside pickup at the Residence Inn/Courtyard Phoenix Downtown (132 S. Central Ave
.). High Spirited Cupcakes are also available at The Bistro inside the Residence Inn/Courtyard (non-alcoholic only) and at Bitter & Twisted (three different rotating flavors). High Spirited Cupcakes cost $48 per dozen (one flavor per dozen), and orders must be made 72-hours in advance.