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Cupcakes, It’s What’s For Breakfast

4 Nov

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.

Smallcakes - Buckhead's Newest Cupcakery

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?)

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Fancy Mall Cupcakes

29 Jan

This past Sunday, the husband and I set out for Lenox Cupcakes.  I knew it was in Buckhead, on Peachtree Street, in a mall.  You’d think it’d be in Lenox Square mall but then you’d be wrong…just like we were.  Standing in front of the Lenox Square directory, not seeing “Lenox Cupcakes” on the map, I winced.  But Steve handled my oversight quite well.  We got back in the car and drove the 0.3 miles over to Phipps Plaza.  At least we weren’t that far off 🙂

Phipps Plaza is kind of fancy, folks!  It has a Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co, etc.  Here some interesting scoop I came across…

~Phipps Plaza was named a “Southern Best” in Southern Living magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

~It opened as Atlanta’s first multi-level mall in 1969 (with Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor as the original anchors).

~Celebs like Usher, Elton John, and Janet Jackson have been spotted here.

Stroll down the “spacious promenades” and through the “grand interior courts” (Frommers.com), up to the second floor and you’ll find Lenox Cupcakes (just outside of Belk)! 

When we arrived, there were 11 flavors to choose from in their cupcake counter/case.  And I must say, these cupcakes were beautiful!  The icing technique on each one was impeccable.  Have you ever known a woman whose hair is always perfectly coiffed and makeup to the nines always perfectly applied?  That’s what these cupcakes make me think of.

After about 10 minutes, we finally decided on the following three cupcakes:

~Sunny Lemon: Lemon cupcake with “zesty lemony” buttercream

~Carrot Cake: Carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting

~PB Chocolate: Valrhona dark chocolate cupcake w/peanut butter frosting and chocolate fudge drizzle.

We got ours to go and enjoyed the feasting at home.  Here’s a quick summary: 

~Lenox does not skimp on frosting!  If anything, and I can’t believe I’m about to say something like this….but, I think there was too much frosting!   There was actually frosting left on my plate, which usually never happens.  Plus, the frosting is sweeeeee-eeeet!  Almost like eating a spoonful of straight up powdered sugar.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all this like it’s a bad thing ’cause some people like their frosting super sweet and an unbalanced frosting/cake ratio. 

The Sunny Lemon wasn’t all that “zesty”.  It was the most tame zesty I’ve ever had.  I personally like my lemon cupcakes to be on the light and fluffy side (as well as zesty), and this one is pretty dense.  Dense cake and thick frosting.

~The carrot cake was yummy.  A good amount of raisins throughout the spongy cake, and a sweet cream cheese frosting.

~The PB Chocolate was ok.  Again, kind of heavy.  Not overly peanut buttery.

That’s all I got!  Let’s break it down now…

Lenox Cupcakes / Phipps Plaza – 3500 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, GA / www.lenoxcupcakes.com

  1. Price:  $2.75 each / $15 half dozen / $28 dozen

2. Room temperature:  Affirmative

3.  Size:  Standard

4. Vegan or gluten-free options:   None to be found on the (online) menu.

5. To-go packaging:  Individual, white cardboard boxes.  Cute logo sticker on top.

6. Milk for sale?:   Negative.  Bottles of water, Coke, and Diet Coke were on hand though.

7.  Other treats for non-cupcake enthusiasts you may have in tow:   Well, if the non-cupcake enthusiasts you have in tow happen to like cupcake-themed merchandise, then you guys are in luck!  One side of the store is kind of like a gift shop where you can find things like cupcake shaped bath fizzes, t-shirts, fancy cupcake wrappers, candles, cupcake containers, etc.

8.  Ambiance:  This one is tricky to describe.  It’s cute – with their pretty pink and brown boxes piled here and there; cupcakes stands and towers scattered about; warm, hardwood floors; and dry stacked stone veneer walls.   I’m not sure if it was the lighting, the stone veneer walls, the windows you couldn’t see through or what, but I kind of felt like I was on a movie set.  Like in Pleasantville or Truman Show.  Maybe if they had some music playing, experimented with the lighting a bit, scattered some fresh flowers or plants it would eliminate that sensation (for me, at least).  They do have a small table to sit at if you wanted to eat your cupcakes right away.

9. Service:  Very pleasant. Informative and patient staff.  Clean and tidy space.  BONUS points for samples on hand, gotta love those!

In summary, we didn’t find a Top 10 candidate here.  BUT! If you have a special event coming up and want some pretty desserts to wow and serve your guests, I would say Lenox Cupcakes fits the bill.  Plus, they have mini cupcakes on the menu and those are always fun for parties, too!

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