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It's Anything Goes at Mix Cupcakerie & Kitchen

By Elisha Neubauer

In July of 2015, Darcy Perreault-Acker changed her life forever.

Having worked for a large food retailer for over 34 years, Perreault-Acker wanted something new. She wanted something that was hers, that would grow and change with her as she put her heart and soul into it. While she was researching opportunities in her community, the perfect choice presented itself.

It didn't take her long to make the decision. While it was scary leaving a solid work history behind her to begin a new venture, Perreault-Acker knew it was the right choice to make. She leapt, and purchased Mix Cupcakerie & Kitchen in Waitsfield.

"I have always enjoyed baking," Perreault-Acker said. "I started when I was about 12 years old."

She took to the challenge of owning her own bakery like a fish to water. Wanting to put a little of herself into the business, Perreault-Acker began looking for inspiration in unlikely sources. She began perusing old cookbooks, online resources, customer requests, magazines; constantly experimenting.

"Sometimes I may get a little too adventurous for some folks," Perreault-Acker said. "I have my tried and true flavors and I have a couple of spots in my case that get rotated with seasonal and new flavors."

Mix Cupcakerie & Kitchen has a varied, extensive menu offering options to suit everyone's tastes. In the shop they offer homemade soups that change daily including chilis, stews, chowders along with wraps, salads and other lunch options. Comfort meals-to-go change seasonally but often include meals such as, beef stroganoff, Shepherd's pie, chicken pot pie, enchiladas and more. The bake shop offerings include, custom cakes for any occasion, cookies, filled cupcakes, brownies, cookie bars, cheesecakes, fruit or cream pies, whoopie pies, cream puffs and more.

Of course, the primary focus of the Mix Cupcakerie & Kitchen are the flavorful cupcakes. Classic choices are always available and include options like vanilla bean, carrot cake, red velvet, hummingbird, chocolate, and so on. Filled cupcakes are available in a wide range of flavors, including Boston cream, chocolate raspberry, mint cookie, death by chocolate, and many more. Mix and match fillings and icings are also available for those looking for something a little more individual.

When it comes to weddings Perreault-Acker suggests choosing what suits your personalities. If you want to keep some tradition you can still have a small cutting cake and then offer whatever variety of desserts suits you and your guests.

"Some benefits of having our cupcakes at a wedding are that you are not locked into one flavor of cake," she said. "After all, variety is the spice of life."

This also allows for you to cater to the majority of your guests, leaving no stone-unturned. You are able to provide gluten free, vegan, and regular options for guests with dietary restrictions. You can present both mini cupcakes and large cupcakes. It leaves the door open for a wide variety, instead of spending a fortune on a cake that not everyone will enjoy.

"We have seen a growing trend in dessert buffets that offer cupcakes, cookies, brownies or dessert bars, mini cheesecakes, pies, whoopie pies and cream puffs, or any combination of these," Perrault-Acker said. "Anything goes!"

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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