Monday, March 7, 2011

My Cupcake Adventure - Week 2

This week my cupcake adventure was not a cupcake baking adventure, but a cupcake eating adventure at the Grand Opening of a local (30 min away) cupcake bakery. I read an article about them online last week and so my husband and I decided to take the kids.

The bakery, Cupcakes & Milkshakes, is a 50's theme bakery featuring cupcakes and a milkshake bar, as the name implys. For the most part the cupcakes are the "normal" flavors you would find at any cupcake shop (chocolate with buttercream, vanilla with buttercream, chocolate with mint frosting and of course red velvet), however, there were a couple of surprises. They had a mock hostess cupcake complete with the cream filling and the white icing squiggle on top. They also had a peanut butter and jelly cupcake that had a mild peanut butter cake, filled with peanut butter and jelly and frosted with a peanut butter frosting. For me the thing that made this unique was that the peanut butter frosting actually had a little saltiness to it, like real peanut butter. I have had peanut butter frosting that is so sweet you can barely tell that they are intended to be peanut butter flavored. My husband wasn't a fan of those ones but I liked it.
The big surprise though, was the variety of milkshakes from bannana split (including all the components of a banana split, even the sprinkles) to root beer float to an orange milkshake made with tang. They had many more out of the ordinary options as well.
For the grand opening they did mini cupcakes and mini milkshakes and it was a great idea. They gave you just enough of a taste to entice you to buy some cupcakes. They gave samples of the peanut butter and jelly, the chocolate with mint frosting and the chocolate buttercream cupcakes. My favorite of the three samples was the peanut butter and jelly. My husband and I also agreed that we liked the chocolate with mint frosting, though we both thought that because the mint was so flavorful it worked best in the mini cupcake form. The baby immediately went for the mint one, but as soon as he tasted the mint frosting he was done. He did, however go back for the chocolate cake and liked that. The 5 year old (mr picky) waited for daddy to buy a box of cupcakes and then attacked the peanut butter cup one. He is not a big cake eater (he is however a frosting eater) so he seemed to be more excited about them milkshakes.
We had a really good experience, the place was cute, the people were friendly and most importantly the cupcakes (and milkshakes) were good. We ended up buying 6 to bring some. We went with a variety of peanut butter cup (2), chocolate, vanilla, fake hostess and what turned out to be everyones favorite, the oreo one.

The only criticism that I would have is that I would like them to offer mini cupcakes as well. The cupcakes are wonderful, but some of them have such bold flavors that for me they are more suited to a small cupcake (a couple of bites) than an huge cupcake. The benefit to the big cupcakes though, is that we all got to share each one.
We enjoyed our cupcake adventure this weekend and are looking forward to making some St. Patricks day cupcakes next weekend, so stay tuned.

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