COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KRDO) – If you want to feel a little patriotic on Wednesdays while satisfying your sweet tooth, a bakery near Memorial Park offers decorated cupcakes to celebrate Housewarming Day.
Icing on the Cake, near the intersection of Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard, has red, white, and blue icing topped cupcakes and sprinkles; even chocolate cupcakes got a purely American touch.
Owner Mischa Halberg said she never thought of offering cupcakes to watch a new president be sworn in.
“I didn’t think about it until (KRDO) called and asked if bakeries do this,” she said. “I think it’s a good idea. We didn’t think about it earlier because it was such a bad choice and we thought people wanted to forget about it. We hope people enjoy the spirit of cupcakes and not make them political . ” “
KRDO called at least a dozen other bakeries on Wednesday and found they were closed or not offering special treats for the inauguration day.
“I wish we’d thought of it sooner, we might have tried it,” said a bakery manager. “I’ve heard of cookies with the face of President Biden, but it’s a rather time-consuming process.”
The icing on the cake did not put the colorful cupcakes on display until lunchtime – which doesn’t leave customers much time to find out more.
“We’ll announce it on social media and in bulk emails,” Halberg said. “We started with a few dozen but I think they’re going to sell quickly and we have to do more before the day is over.”
One of the bakery’s employees, Chelsea Do – with her last name that sounds like dough – makes her perfect for the job.
“We have 2,200 loyal followers,” she said, with her hair and mask rivaling any cupcake for flashiness. “Half of them are regular customers who come here and see what we have. So even though we only have half a day to sell them, we think they will do well. We just have to think about doing it again in 2024. “
Any additional sales would be good for the bakery, which struggled during the second half of the pandemic.
“Our sales have fallen by about half,” said Halberg. “And Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s one of our busiest times of the year, but I don’t know how the pandemic will play out this year.”
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