They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and I can now only vouch for one time when this statement legitimately sucks – after tasting the amazing goodness of Pick Your Poison Bake Shop. Because as of now, cupcakes this good don’t travel well, which means for those of us outside the tasty confines of the 702 area code, we’re truly missing out.
And while we’re on the subject of smashing societal norms and other annoying cliches, who says a night of drinking in Downtown Las Vegas can’t pay off? That’s exactly how and why Pick Your Poison Bake Shop came into existence. “After discussing different ideas and concepts we decided we should make cupcakes but give them a facelift. This is after many Stella’s and shots of whiskey of course…” says the Johnson and Wales graduate, Robyn.
These are much more than your typical run-of-the-mill shrink-wrapped barely moist vanilla cupcakes; these are unique flavor combinations and liquor infusions that make you wish you could actually bring a little taste of Las Vegas back with you, wherever it is you hail from. Yes, liquor. As in, you must be 18 to ride this train. Or 21. Whatever. My parents were turn-the-other-cheek-kinda-folks.
You might recognize the name, or the two saucy tatted up dames behind PYP, Taryn and Robyn as finalists on one of the most recent episodes of Cupcake Wars.
Although they didn’t win the $10,000 grand prize, they surely won my adoration, which if you know my love for cupcakes, surely pays dividends. And gets articles written.
The flavors are broken down into categories, so obviously it makes sense to start with the alcohol-induced flavors. And since these were the only variation I tasted during my weeklong stint in Vegas, I can only vouch for the Alcohol Creations. But don’t fret; I can vouch for each and every one except for the Guinness and have committed their flavors to memory.
Margarita, Guinness, Strawberry Champagne, Irish Coffee, Drunken Pineapple, Red “Wine” Velvet, Jagerbomb, Jack and Coke, Irish Car Bomb, Mimosa and Lemon Drop
Their most popular creation (and my personal fave) is their Strawberry Champagne cupcake, made with fresh strawberries (never frozen) and rose champagne cake with almond cream cheese frosting. Currently salivating as I type.
And remember, Taryn, the mastermind culinary genius behind PYP can make cupcakes to fit any party or event. They can customize favors alcohol or non to fit the individual’s personality and really make the event personal and special. These girls are up for the challenge – you did see them on Cupcake Wars, yes?
One of the baketenders herself, Robyn, has her own favorite: the banana cream pie cupcake made with fresh banana cake and banana pudding filling along with cream cheese frosting topped with pie crust. As Gwen Stefani would say, “That Shit is Bananas – B-A-N-A-N-A-S.”
Chocolate and Other Creations:
S’mores, Cookies n’ Cream, PB&J, and Turtle
Soda Pop Creations:
Vanilla Coke, Cherry Dr. Pepper, Grape Soda, Orange Soda, Root Beer Float and Shirley Temple
Strawberry Shortcake, Banana Chip, Pina Colada, Banana Cream Pie and Caramel Apple
These baketenders are ready to bring you an order. Here’s how to get ahold of them – for now, you can email your tasty order to email@example.com, but stay tuned. The gal pals are hoping to open a Las Vegas storefront this year thanks to all the buzz and notoriety from appearing on Cupcake Wars! Not to mention all their return customers (hi, me!) that keep coming back for more.
If you’re in Vegas and want a few recommendations on food and drink from insanely personable now-locals, here’s what they had to say: We are huge fans of La Cave at the Wynn. It’s an intimate tapas restaurant with a wonderful wine selection. We also love Botttles and Burgers at Tivoli Village in Summerlin. Great burgers, killer private label wine and wide-open lively atmosphere. Now if someone wants a great bar, Taryn and I suggest Frankie’s tiki room. It’s a Polynesian themed bar with killer custom tiki drinks and a great jukebox.
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