This morning when I typed in “cupcake” to Google News, I was pleasantly surprised that the second search result featured a cupcake cafe in my own hometown! I’ve been meaning to try their cupcakes for quite a while now, and I decided this was the perfect excuse to check them out!
Bliss Cupcake Cafe is located just off the downtown square in beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was tough to decide on a cupcake with yummy options like cinnamon roll and chocolate milkshake, so I decided I’d break the tie by going with one of their local favorites, the ‘Red Velvet Razorback’ (red velvet cupcake and cream cheese frosting), in honor of the University of Arkansas’ mascot. It was absolutely delicious!
One of the things that makes Bliss unique is its owner’s vision for reaching out, both locally and globally. On the local level, proceeds go to help local churches feed the hungry, fund educational scholarships, and cupcakes are donated to local charities for silent auctions.
Globally, proceeds sponsor a child through World Vision and help the kids at Mama Carmen’s orphanage in Guatemala. Mama Carmen, who runs the orphanage, was in town recently and jumped right in making cupcakes at Bliss. She and her daughter Debra taught the owner Lacey Carney their tres leches recipe, which will soon be offered on Bliss’s cupcake menu (I may have to go back to try this one!).
Bliss Cupcake Cafe is definitely not ignorant of the needs that exist right down the street and across the world. It’s exciting to see the people at Bliss embrace the community around them and communities across the world. I know it put a smile on my face when I took that first bite of red velvet cupcake this morning, and the smile didn’t stop after I finished eating; I had the joy of knowing that my purchase would help others.