Our latest cupcake adventure takes us to “the heart of Georgia”! Located about 85 miles southeast of Atlanta and smack dab in the middle of the state (hence “the heart…” nickname), is none other than Macon, Georgia. Allow me to geek out for a moment here. (Feel free to join me, or skip ahead to the part where we pig out on five cupcakes). This city of the South is home to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Allman Brothers Band Museum, the Ocmulgee National Monument, over 5,000 National Register of Historic Places-listed structures (including this beauty -wow!); and was once home to Otis Reading, Little Richard, and Oprah’s “Favorite Things” episode (2007). Another thing going for Macon – Hello There Cupcake! Which is just what I exclaimed (in my head) when I walked through their doors! Yup, Macon has got an authentic cupcakery in its midst. The store is pretty, the cupcakes are pretty, the cupcakes taste good and were a good price – what more could a (cupcake-obsessed) girl ask for?
I was flying solo on this mission, and actually looking quite the opposite of the store’s appearance. Inside Hello There Cupcake you’ll find glittering chandeliers, chic decor, perfectly “coiffed” cupcakes, and spotless floors and tabletops. Me, on the other hand, not so coiffed. I was in town helping a friend paint their house, so I had spots of paint all over me (including my hair) and entirely un-chic apparel. Alas, Hello There Cupcake still welcomed me through their doors and loaded me up with lovely cupcakes. Despite the gnarly appetite all that painting created, I was good and only picked out four (our self-designated allotment for each mission) cupcakes. Well…I was good for about 55 seconds. I did pick out four cupcakes at first! They kindly packaged them up for me so I could take them home to eat with Steve, and as they were ringing me up… I caved. I just had to have the coconut cupcake also! And in it went, into its own individual box as I grinned mischievously. Steve would never have to know I strayed and I could stuff that beautiful cupcake in my mouth in sheer delight as I drove home.
Fast forward through my 1.5 hour drive home, a quick
scrubbing shower, a little dinner, and we had the following cupcake feast laid out before us!
Lemon Love ~ lemon cake with cream cheese frosting, topped with the cutest little sugar daisy you’ve ever seen!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ~ chocolate chip cake with cookie dough frosting, topped with mini chocolate chip
Strawberry Dream ~ strawberry vanilla cake with strawberry frosting
Turtle ~ chocolate cake with pecans, caramel Italian buttercream with caramel drizzle and pecans on top
Snowball ~ coconut cake with cream cheese frosting, topped with shaved coconut
When I opened our box of goods, I found myself exclaiming yet again “why, hello there cupcake”. They were just so darn pretty! Overall, all cupcakes were tasty and fresh (they bake from scratch every morning and never sell a day old cupcake), yet landed on the denser side of the spectrum. The cake-frosting ratio was skewed only slightly, and for me a tad bit more frosting on my fork is fine in my book. I didn’t have a stand-out favorite, but enjoyed the Strawberry Dream, the Lemon Love, and the Snowball equally. Steve awarded Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough best-in-show. The only downside amongst this spread – the Italian buttercream on the Turtle cupcake. It wasn’t a favorite in our household. I didn’t think it was that bad, maybe just a bit bland, but Steve was not pleased with its “watery” consistency. This might be a delectable that needs to be eaten right away and not sit around for a few hours.
And now, let’s down a stroll along the break down…
HELLO THERE CUPCAKE / 4524 Forsyth Rd. Macon, GA / www.hellotherecupcake.com
1. Price: $2.50 each / $27.50 dozen
2. Room temperature: Yes!
3. Size: Just a wee bit bigger than standard
4. Vegan or gluten-free options: Not at the moment they said, so maybe this means it’s in the works.
5. To-go packaging: Square, pink cardboard box (sans adornment) with standard dividers inside.
6. Milk for sale?: Indeed! + coffee, water and Coke products.
7. Other treats for non-cupcake enthusiasts you may have in tow: Frosting shots for 50 cents! I’ve heard about this phenomenon and it intrigues me. How exactly do you shoot frosting? I can’t imagine it slips right into your mouth. I can just picture it now – head tilted back, lips wrapped around a shot glass, mouth-watering, and just waiting….and waiting….and waiting for the frosting to eventually fall out. I may have this all wrong, so I’m now determined to partake in frosting shots next encounter. I walk on the wild side…sometimes. In the mean time, any one out there ever given this a go? I’d love to hear about it! Hello There Cupcake also sells greeting cards, birthday kits (package of 2 candles, matches, a bow, and confetti), t-shirts, and hats.
8. Ambiance: Minimalism meets glamour. I gotta give props to whoever designed the store! The size of the space was just right. The decor was creative without being clutter and sparkled without being flashy. I walked in and had that “oooooooh, how pretty!” moment. There were a few places to sit (yay, no need to eat on the sidewalk). Plus, everything seemed super clean and tidy.
9. Service: There were two people on staff the day of my visit, so everything seemed to be running ship-shape. No long line, cupcakes well stocked, and (like I mention above) the shop was spick and span. Bonus: they answered all my questions and gave good recommendations.
10. Three words to describe the HELLO THERE CUPCAKE experience:
1) Clean 2) Enchanting 3) Pretty
Even though we don’t have a Top 10 game-changer here, I still look back on my time at Hello There Cupcake fondly. It was like a Cinderella moment – I went into Hello There Cupcake looking bedraggled, but eating their cupcakes made me feel pretty. Now, that’s my kind of fairytale!
p.s. Macon-dwellers (and coming soon to Warner Robins) ~ check out their facebook page to learn more about giveaways and cupcake debuts!