Cupcakes and Sugar for Breakfast

What a way to start the weekend!

–Backtrack to last night–

Nick and I packed up our bags and the car to get on the road and ended up finishing off the fried rice and veggie leftovers for dinner. Yup, right out of the container…and eaten while standing the kitchen, hurrying to get on the road.


I also had a Diet Coke during the trip because, well, sometimes I just want one.


We got to Nick’s parents’ house around 10 pm last night, let the puppies play for a little bit, and then got in bed.

I was up at 6 this morning to get ready for my breakfast date with Bob, my father-in-law (also my sourdough partner in crime and the originator of Bob’s Breakfast –> over easy eggs and syrup over pancakes) .

I’d been hearing about Shank’s Bakery for a while. This is Bob’s normal Friday morning spot and I was excited to finally try it for myself.


It was such a cute place! Tucked into a little corner in downtown Harrisonburg, it would be easy to miss except for the amazing smell of bread and cinnamon coming out each time someone opened the doors ;)


Since we were here eating pretty early, their cases weren’t completely filled – but they were busy baking away in the back.



Our sticky buns (aka, the main reason Bob told me I needed to come here) were still in the oven when we arrived, so we had a little “breakfast appetizer” while we waited for our rolls.


Doesn’t everyone start their Friday morning breakfast off with a german chocolate cupcake?


I need to know this cupcake recipe. It was the best chocolate cupcake I’ve ever had. I’m not sure what all is in the batter, but it was delicious! And that’s not just the icing talking.

And then – our sticky buns came to the table, piping hot.


Yum, yum, yum. I’ve made cinnamon rolls and sticky buns before, but theirs are on a completely different level.


The bottom of the roll was crispy, which I’ve never been able to do with mine. And that sugary, sticky topping was like a slightly-hardened caramel! So good, and such a great contrast to the soft, cinnamon-spiked dough.IMG_9149

Not a bad way to start my Friday :)

I’m back at their house watching Maggie while Cindy gets ready and then we’re off for our normal shopping route: Costco, Martin’s, Amish Market. Then it’s back home to cook all afternoon and get ready for the rest of the weekend.

Here we go!



  1. Yum! That looks wonderful, what a great way to start your weekend. We have an Amish Market close by and they always have the most delicious things.

  2. Can you believe I have never had German chocolate cake? I love coconut, too. Crazy!

  3. Oh my god, that looks delicious! I’ve never had a cinnamon roll ahah They’re just not common here in Portugal :p
    I DREAM of having my own little bakery one day so it’s awesome to see these places around the world, I love it.
    Hope you have a good day!

  4. Yum! Gotta have something special some mornings

  5. A good sugar coma is the BEST way to start a weekend! I’ve done that quite a few times on a Saturday morning. Purely by accident, of course… ;)

  6. It sounds like you are having an amazing time.

  7. oh man! That sticky/cinnamon bun looks to die for. I can never get mine to be crispy on the bottom either. I would love that!

  8. Yum. For some reason some of the pictures weren’t showing up, but with your writing I could still imagine how fabulous it all must be. Sometimes I want a diet coke too. Like everyday, but that is my vice.

  9. I LOVE discovering new bakeries! And any new awesome eateries to be honest but this place looks adorable. I was also having a hard time with the pictures though… :(

    Have an awesome weekend!

  10. Wow, that sticky/cinnamon bun looks amazing. Makes me wanna go home and bake some tonight!

    Have a great weekend! :)

  11. What a perfect start to the day, a piece of cupcake and cinnamon bun…amazing!

  12. cupcakes and sugar for breakfast! yum! actually ive always believed we should have our desserts at the beginning of the day when we can use the sugar as fuel.. why does everyone wait til night time. oh gosh.. and with a coffee.. yum ur my hero :) hehe

  13. Those sticky buns look insaaane.

    And I love how you don’t apologize for the diet coke- sometimes a girl just wants her diet soda! I’m the same way with diet dr pepper, I know it’s “bad” for me but every so often I jut have to pop one open!

  14. Totally worth getting up early for some fresh hot baked goods! Yumm!

  15. Sometimes you just need a diet coke. And a delicious cinnamon roll :)

  16. Hopefully your day will be as good as with what you started it with :-)

  17. What a fabulous way to start the day! German chocolate cake is so good- a perfect breakfast treat. :)

    Have a good weekend with your family and pups!

  18. (By the way- I use beans from Starbucks in my Bialetti that I grind myself and it’s always fantastic! Let me know when you find the perfect beans for it though!)

  19. Oh my gosh, those sticky buns look AMAZING!!!!

  20. Not a bad way to start your day at all! Looks and sounds fab!

  21. Yay, cupcakes for breakfast! Breakfast of champions :)

  22. That sticky bun looks to die for! I love your blog!

  23. that cinnamon roll looks phenom! my husband & i are obsessed with finding amazing cinnamon rolls – we even had them at our wedding! one thought on how to get the bottom crispy… i used to make a cinnamon roll recipe where you make a brown sugar/butter/cinnamon mixture and pour it into the pan before you put the cinnamon rolls in… after you bake them, you dump them out onto a plate and there’s a caramel goo on top (similar to your pic) and the bottoms are more crunchy. this recipe looks a little like the one i made:

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