Three years ago, our daughter woke up from a dream and said she saw a toad sitting on top of a cupcake shaped like a mushroom . "That's your new logo and the name of your bakery is now Toadstools! It's time for the two of you to get hip!" she said with confidence.
As parents, we sat back, scratched our heads and said, huh?
Well that was then, and now, if you google "best cupcakes in Portland, Oregon" you'll find Toadstool Cupcakes at the top with rave reviews.
Portland bakers, Larry Oswald and his wife, Lisa, with forty years of combined baking experience, took their daughter's vision and with a huge leap of faith, turned it into a brick and mortar reality. Located in the heart of the Hawthorne District, their bakery serves up, yes, as unbelievable as it may sound, the world's largest selection of cupcakes, every day. Their staggering 40 flavors include the classics like Red Velvet and Carrot, kids' favorites, Cookies & Cream and S'Mores and exotic flavors like Green Tea Chai and Flower Power-a floral blend of lavender and rose mousses on a rose scented cupcake.
But these aren't traditional cupcakes(no butter cream frosting to be found anywhere)...they' re Toadstools!
"Not only did we have to re-brand ourselves, we had to come up with a toadally new dessert", says Larry. "I had spent several years exploring European methods for making chocolate truffles and my wife spent most of her time perfecting cream based fillings for her torted cakes." "We did a lot of experimenting and ended up with popping a creamy top on a tiny cake. We then dipped it in white or chocolate ganache, added some whimsical decorations and voila- a wildly delicious, handmade, re-creation of a classic dessert t hat makes people smile, giggle and sometimes squeal with delight."
Call it a cross between an English fairy cake and a French chocolate truffle or a psychedelic cupcake on steroid cream... it's a unique and wonder-full dessert!
"The Southeast neighborhoods love us, fans from Seattle and Eugene make the trek on weekends and visiting tourists from Chicago, New York and LA want the first franchise."
Toadstool Cupcakes are home grown and harvested daily at 3557 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
40 flavors of cupcakes are available every day.
Great for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduation and business events.
Open 10-6. Closed on Mondays.
Plenty of free parking. Delivery available.
See our menu at www.ToadstoolCupcakes.com