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Cupcakes, Come & Knock On My Door…

26 Oct

…we’ve been waiting for you (name that theme song).  Cupcakes knocking on your door is a reality now, folks!  Well, hmm…the cupcakes themselves won’t be a-knockin’ (I don’t think I want a cupcake that can do that) but a cupcake delivery service such as Cupcakes Express can!

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Have you been wanting to send someone a happy birthday/congratulations/thank you/thinking of you/just-because you’re awesome gift?  Want to try something new but with the same convenience (and “surprise!” joy) as a floral delivery?  Too tired to leave the house and need cupcake fuel?  (If this last scenario is the case, please message me.  I’ve been there and can help.)   Well, Cupcakes Express is newly on the scene and bravely armed with a “delivering love by the dozen” mission.  You can order gourmet cupcakes by the dozen (in various arrangements) on their website or by calling 1-855-CUPCAKECupcakes Express delivery is currently available in 21 metropolitan areas but has plans to expand that coverage soon.    How it works – Cupcakes Express has established partnerships with carefully selected bakeries within these metro areas (so your recipient will get to experience a little local flavor) and works with a local courier service to hand-deliver the goods.  And I was lucky enough to get to experience this fun-in-a-box phenomenon first hand!

At the time, my zip code didn’t fall into Cupcakes Express’ Atlanta delivery zone (I bet their cupcake network is growing as I type though!) but my good friends  Beatrix & Manny’s address did.  So once again, Beatrix & Manny dutifully stepped up to the Cupcake Crusade plate (their service to Cupcake Crusade can also be recounted here & here).  They coordinated a delivery time with Cupcakes Express and hung out at home during the 3.5 hour delivery window (have I mentioned that they’re really good friends?!).  Beatrix called me as soon as they arrived, about 20 minutes after the ETA.  (When Beatrix called to inquire about the late delivery, Jessica with Cupcakes Express was an immediate help.  She found out what the situation was and called Beatrix back within 5 minutes.  Great customer service – check!)  I was dying to know – what did the package look like?  Which local bakery did our cupcakes come from?  Was it from a cupcakery we hadn’t tried?  Were the cupcakes packed in dry ice?  The excitement of surprise was all a flutter!  Beatrix calmly described the scene for me – a pink and white box with the Lenox Cupcakes logo on top was handed over to her right on her doorstep (just a heads-up, someone does need to be available/at home to receive the delivery).  A dozen pretty cupcakes in assorted flavors awaited their fate inside.  While Steve & I experienced Lenox Cupcakes back in January (which you can read about here), Beatrix and Manny hadn’t and I was eager to get their impressions.

We made a plan for the four of us to meet up, along with their adorable wonder pup Schmoo, at Chastain Park for a good ol’ fashioned cupcake picnic ( it’s true, I checked -cupcake picnics have been around since the days of yore).  If you haven’t had a cupcake picnic yet, do it NOW (and I’m saying that in a very encouraging and loving voice)!  Just a few recommendations:

-Bring a small meal to eat before the cupcake feast, you know, to buffer all that sugar.

-Bring plenty of water to drink.  Soda, milk, coffee, hot chocolate, etc. will just fill you up faster and hinder your feasting endurance.

-Bring small plates, fork & knife, and LOTS of napkins.

-A park with picnic benches will make the dividing/cutting of cupcakes easier.

-Eat until you can eat no more.  Then, take a nap.

Enough of my ramblings (we’ve heard that before, haven’t we?)!  Let’s turn it over to Beatrix now, who has some wise words on our cupcake delivery & picnic experience!

  • Delivery of cupcakes is never a bad thing, even when running a bit behind. 
  • The only bad experience for Manny was the mystery icing, which when sampled by all, was agreed to be something akin to Crisco.
  • The only complaint from Beatrix was that all the icing tasted like straight sugar – even a bit crunchy like chomping on a mouth full of granulated sugar.  Just not my preference. 
  • The caramel in the center of the salted caramel was a lovely little surprise.  I tend to go for the salted caramel cupcake everywhere I go now, and this was the first to have the caramel filling – bonus points!
  • The presentation of all was really quite lovely.  Nothing too plain like Belly, and nothing over the top like Whole Foods.  I know that you are quite partial to their cupcakes, but I can’t help but think they look a bit too fussy.   These cupcakes all looked like cupcakes should look.  Nothing gimmicky.  
  • Overall, not our favorite cupcakes, but in this world where we find so much else to be annoyed with, we fully acknowledge there really isn’t any such thing as a bad cupcake.  There may be some bad ideas – like icing that tastes like Crisco or gumballs – but a cupcake is fundamentally a good thing.
  • One last note from Schmoo – she pointed out that all were so engaged in enjoying the cupcakes that nary a crumb slipped under the picnic table where she was being most vigilant.  Perhaps a testament to the tastiness of the treat.

My personal favorite out of the bunch was the Vanilla Vanilla (vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream) – it was simple and true.  Steve preferred the Chocolate Fudge (chocolate cupcake filled with fudge with vanilla buttercream).  That Crisco Cupcake really had us scratching our heads (I’m assuming this was the Chocolate Salted Caramel by photo matching with the Lenox Cupcakes online menu).  The frosting didn’t have a single flavor to it.  My theory was that it was a display cupcake (because it sure was pretty) that accidentally got added to our lot. The remaining treats were enjoyed but didn’t knock our socks off (after knocking on our door, hehe) but scored high for appearance.

My only suggestion would be to include a flavor guide within the box of cupcakes – knowledge is power.   Overall, the Cupcakes Express delivery sure made for a fun and memorable experience with our friends.  Just think, you too can spread this joy on to your loved ones.  What do you think?  Sound like something you’d like to try?  Don’t see your city on their website?  Which city should they add to their network next?  Any other good delivery gift ideas?

I want to send a great big thank you to Cupcakes Express for arranging this experience and allowing me the opportunity to check out your cool new serviceWishing you all the best as you grow and spread joy!

Thank you, thank you Beatrix, Manny & Schmoo – for receiving the delivery and facilitating all that it entailed.  Not to mention excellent park selection, company, and cupcake feedback!