For our latest mission, I decided to keep it simple and local! A little side note: (that whole brevity thing from last week just didn’t stick with me) I have a tendency to make choices that end up making my life waaaaay more complicated than they need to be (the thought of day-tripping to Tennessee JUST for cupcakes did cross my mind), which I believe is the reason why I now DREAD making decisions. But every once in a blue moon…or once a year, I’ll make a good decision. Good decision of 2009 = marrying Steve. Good decision of 2010 = not taking $500 out of savings to fly to California to audition for Wipeout. Good decision of 2011 = going to KellyKakes (in hometown Roswell) for cupcakes on June 26 instead of driving to Tennessee. Since Steve and I were in full-on lazy Sunday mode, the less-than-one-mile commute to get our cupcake on seemed wise.
Once we arrived, we were caught a little off guard. KellyKakes isn’t really your typical bakery. It’s a “boutique cake studio”, which extends into Party Chic, which is a nice restaurant/lounge. I don’t think I’m explaining this well. Let’s roll tape in hopes that’ll clear things up!
Those $4 cupcakes are no joke! With me floating in a happy sugar bliss combined with the magical verandah air, Steve nearly had to roll me outta there. Can you imagine if we partook in the bottomless mimosas (more on that below…)? I can’t even imagine! Well, I sorta can. And it ain’t pretty! Anyway! The cupcakes made me happy. The cake was SOFT, people. Almost cupcake blanket soft! So, eating this delicate treat with a fork is recommended. Everything tasted fresh. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that KellyKakes cupcakes are frosted upon ordering, and it did seemed like our selections were freshly topped. The cookie dough cupcake didn’t have as much frosting as the german chocolate cupcake (and as much as Steve would’ve liked) but the sweet and creaminess of the buttercream along with mini chocolate chips seemed to provide enough coverage for the spongy vanilla cake. It took me a few bites to pick up on the cookie dough flavor – it just tasted like a rich vanilla at first. But if you stick with it, that cookie dough tastiness will make a welcome appearance.
And now, dum da da dum…the break down!
KellyKakes (in conjunction with Party Chic) / 953 Canton St. Roswell, GA / www.kellykakes.com
1. Price: $4.00 – blimey! Most expensive yet? I think so! (Edibles Incredible was another budget breaker, but both of these places do have large n’ in charge cupcakes.) BUT, if you check out the KellyKakes website, it looks like you can order cupcakes ranging from standard ($1.50 – $2.75) to jumbo size ($3.50-$4.25).
2. Room temperature: Yes
3. Size: Jumbo. Definitely splitting in half material.
4. Vegan or gluten-free options: No such luck.
5. To-go packaging: Not sure since we dined in.
6. Milk for sale?: “Yup, yup, yup!” (<—-two points if you can name that movie quote!) Along with tea (hot or cold), lemonade, Coke products (do they even sell Pepsi in Georgia??), coffee (iced, hot, or flavored), hot chocolate, and San Pellegrino. (WARNING!! MUST BE 21 OR OVER TO READ THE REST OF THIS PARAGRAPH!!) There’s also a whole menu dedicated to martinis as well as wine and beer. And if you go on a Sunday, you can enjoy bottomless mimosas for $10.
7. Other treats for non-cupcake enthusiasts you may have in tow: You could totally get away with an undercover cupcake mission to KellyKakes/Party Chic with a non-cupcake enthusiasts. With full-on lunch and dinner menus, you could just say you’d like to meet up for a sandwich, drinks, the live music (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings), etc. and then nonchalantly order up your cupcake goods while they unsuspectingly feast on everything else.
8. Ambiance: It’s quite striking in that it has a little whimsy mixed with historic charm and a dash of cool sophistication. For short – whimsy with a dark side. Dark hardwood floors, black beadboard ceilings, fun/dramatic chandeliers here and there. I bet it casts a very romantic glow in the evening. If it’s a nice day out, I HIGHLY recommend sitting out on the pretty verandah where you get a great view of folks strolling along Canton Street.
9. Service: Great – you saw what a trooper our server Carol was! And it wasn’t just when the camera was rolling, she was that hospitable the whole time!
10. Three words to describe the KellyKakes/Party Chic experience:
1) Charming 2) Unique 3) Festive
Though the Cookie Dough and German Chocolate didn’t find a spot on the Top 10 board, I still enjoyed them! Plus the whole experience was a delight, so I’d definitely recommend this outing to all!
Oh, I almost forgot! Check out this cute passerby that Steve was able to quickly capture from our verandah view…