I discovered a cupcake the other weekend that would be sure to brighten any morning! There’s no shame to eating cupcakes before noon, right? Cupcakes are like donuts (small cake + frosting), and donuts seem to really have made a name for themselves in the breakfast department. So I’m thinking a cupcake for breakfast every once in a while shouldn’t be frowned upon? If you’re up for it, I’ve got just the cupcake for you – the French Toast cupcake at Smallcakes Cupcakery.
Smallcakes started in Kansas City, but opened an Atlanta location this September. If you’re a fan of the Food Network’s show “Cupcake Wars”, maybe you saw the episode with Smallcakes owner Jeff Martin as a contestant. Once I got wind of that little factoid, I was all geared up to go meet Jeff and hear all about the wonderful world of Food Network! And Candace Nelson. I sooooo want to sit next to Candace Nelson at the judges’ table and eat cupcakes and smile.
Well, it just wasn’t in the cards for me to meet (and squeeze info from) Jeff that sunny Sunday. My consolation though – a free cupcake! It pays to follow Smallcakes’ twitter and facebook pages. Freebies to be found! My other consolation – the French Toast cupcake! It’s exactly how you would imagine comforting, cinnamon-y french toast in cupcake form. Fresh, spongy (we gotta think of a better adjective for spongy!) cake filled with cream and topped with a cinnamon buttercream / cream cheese hybrid. Go, folks. Get their French Toast cupcake (call first to make sure it’s available that day) and start your day with a frosting-induced smile. Just a heads-up, they open at 10am…maybe eat a little fruit or cereal beforehand to tide you over.
Aside for the commendable moist cake, I’m sorry to say the rest of our cupcake loot – the Peanut Butter Cup, the Fudge Sundae, and the Vanilla-n-Chocolate – was kind of forgettable. The French Toast cupcake’s deliciousness could, however, have Top 10 potential.
Let’s bring on the break down now, shall we?!
Smallcakes / 2955 Peachtree Road Atlanta, GA location / other locations include Overland Park KS ~ Olathe, KS ~ Lee’s Summit, MS / www.smallcakescupcakery.com
1. Price: $3
2. Room temperature: Yes
3. Size: Standard
4. Cake to Frosting Ratio: Socially acceptable
5. Vegan or gluten-free options: No…bummer
6. To-go packaging: Standard box with cupcake dividers inside and logo sticker on top
7. Milk for sale?: Negative on the milk. Affirmative on the bottles of Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero
8. Other treats for non-cupcake enthusiasts you may have in tow: The only edible treats are the cupcakes. T-shirts and water bottles are available for purchase, but those seemed to be emitting cupcake enthusiasm. Oh well…
9. Ambiance: This was kind of a let down, like something was missing. Or a bunch of things. There wasn’t any where to sit, which I’m thinking hinders the whole “Welcome!” vibe. There’s a long counter along the window that you can stand and eat your cupcakes at. But again, I just wasn’t getting that “Yay, you’re here! Stay a while!” message. The cupcake counter, the main attraction, was kind of sad in its slenderness. While the cupcakes were very attractive, they only displayed one of each variety and the rest were herded away from us on the bakers rack behind the counter. Can you tell I’m hungry as I write this? Which means I’m grumpy, and maybe a little too honest. But I want to give Smallcakes (ATL) the benefit of the doubt since they had just opened this location, and say that they’re in the process of implementing cozy seating, mood music, cheery decor…
10. Service: Socially acceptable
11. Three words to describe the Smallcakes experience:
1) Uneventful 2) Sparse 3) FrenchToast (can we still count that as one word?)