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The Comfort of Cupcake

25 Jan

North Carolina has got (cupcake) game!  Last month,  I was in the Raleigh area for less than 24 hours for a job interview and knew that I would need  cupcake comfort immediately after.  So that’s how I met The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery, “Raleigh’s first and finest cupcake boutique and bakery”, located just 6 miles from my interview.   I walked in, a bit uncomfortable in my uncustomary suit and wobbly shoes, and breathed a sigh of relief.  In this charming atmosphere among the pretty cupcakes, I could now relax (and pretend that that interview didn’t happen…not one of my top performances.  I blame it on the fluorescent lights, they make me cagey.)

The day of my visit, the Cupcake Shoppe Bakery offered up 13 different cupcake varieties with fun names like “What’s Up Doc?” {carrot cake with cinnamon cream cheese icing}, “Mint Condition” {chocolate cake with mint buttercream}, and “Cookie Monster” {vanilla cake with Oreo buttercream}.  They also feature flavors of the week!  Gingerbread, eggnog, and peppermint were on the menu when I was in town  as Christmas was just around the corner.   After about three other people came in, decided, ordered, and left, I finally had made my decision and departed happily with my four-pack!

Unfortunately, I let the hussle-bussle of the holidays get the best of Cupcake Crusade and am irresponsibly posting this review about a month after my visit.  I also let the interview frazzle get the best of me and didn’t take notes after engaging in my cupcake comfort – I just needed sugar STAT, then comfy pants, and then sleep.  Some cupcake reviewer I am, huh?!  I can say that I fondly remember the “Pretty in Pink” {fresh strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream} and thinking “this has Top 10 potential!”.  It was most satisfying!  Soft cake with the perfect blend strawberry and respectfully sweet buttercream.  The remaining three didn’t leave as dramatic an impression, but were pretty to look at nonetheless.

On to the break down!

The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery / 104 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina

1. Price:$3 each / $33 dozen / Minis (available by special order) $16 dozen. On the pricier side…

2. Room temperature:  Yes

3.  Size:  Standard

4. Cake to Frosting Ratio:  1:1

5. Vegan, gluten-free, or sugar-free/low-sugar options: No

6. To-go packaging: Standard cardboard cupcake box, with no dividers (or seat belts as I like to think of them.  Cupcake safety is important to me!) inside.

7. Milk for sale?:  Yes!  Also found on site: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Crush, Coffee, and free water (I’m a sucker for pretty drink dispensers).

8.  Other treats for non-cupcake enthusiasts you may have in tow: You’re in luck – homemade brownies, truffles, cookies, breakfast muffins, and marshmallows.

9.  Ambiance: Pretty!  They took a pink and brown color palette and created a classy/sweet setting.  The seating was cool (aluminum ladder-back chairs) blended with a romantic splash (chocolate brown-tufted wall benches)And pleasant lighting seemed to make the pale pink walls sparkle a bit.  Outdoor seating also in what seemed like a nice neighborhood.  Oh yeah, and the cash register is pretty darn cool too.

10. Service: Lovely, friendly folk at this well-kept cupcakery.   They bake daily here, and any cupcakes left at the end of the day are donated.  Also, the bakers come in at 3 AM!  I love baking cupcakes but wouldn’t last a week with that schedule.

11.  Three words to describe the The Cupcake Shoppe experience:  1) Calming 2) Chic 3) Charming

Thank you Cupcake Shoppe Bakery for making my very first North Carolina cupcakery visit a delightful one and providing cupcake comfort!


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Gimme Some Suga, Steve!

15 Nov

This week, I thought I’d hand over the mic to my husband, Steve.  He’s a personal trainer.  Me, I eat a lot of cupcakes and write about them.  It’s a well-balanced marriage.  Even though he’s passionate about good health and well-being, he’s still a super trooper on my quest to find the country’s best cupcake!  Last weekend, we merrily hopped in the car for a quick trip to Suwanee, GA to check out Gimme Some Suga Bakery Bar.  Turns out Roswell -> Suwanee does not equal quick trip, more like 40 minutes.  Oh well, it was still cool to explore a new Georgia town and walk around Suwanee’s lively Town Center.

So, without further ado…heeeeeeeeeeere’s Steve!  Take it away, Sugar Lips!  (Just kidding, I don’t really call him that.  But I should because it’d coordinate so well with the post’s title…and because he’s so sweet.  Sorry! Steve’s rolling his eyes right now…as I’m afraid you are, too.)

Man, when they say, “Gimme Some Suga” they really mean it!  The frosting on all of the cupcakes was super sweet.  So sweet in fact that it almost overwhelmed any flavor from the cake.  Luckily, I enjoy sweet foods and for the most part, enjoyed the cupcakes.

My favorite cupcake was easily the Pumpkin Spice.  The cake was delicious and the frosting was super sweet, but also right for the flavoring of the cake.  I feel like either the cupcakes need to be bigger or there needs to be less frosting.  I like a good amount of frosting, but when it’s as sweet as the frosting here, it overwhelms the cake. 

Overall, I think the store itself was okay.  It had neat little decorations and the person who serviced us was very friendly.  There was a birthday party going on when came in and it made the store very cramped, so we decided to eat our cupcakes outside. 

I think the Pumpkin Spice deserves a spot on my personal Top 10.  But to be honest, I have eaten so many cupcakes that I cannot remember them all. 

 ~Banana Bread Cupcake

Bread did not have much banana flavor.  Frosting was great – very chocolaty.

~Pumpkin Spice

Delicious!  I really enjoyed both the cake and frosting.  The frosting was so sweet that it might have overwhelmed the cake some.

~Lemon Cake

More sweet than tart or zingy.  Plain vanilla cake with sweet lemon frosting on top.  Not bad, but needs work to be more lemony.

~Chocolate Peanut Butter

Very sweet frosting – enjoyed it though! 

Thanks, Steve, for your insightful analysis!  My favorite was the Banana Bread Cupcake.  I really love banana bread, period.  Top it with chocolate frosting, even better.  And this guy had the genuine dense banana bread experience, yum!  I just wasn’t a fan of the dense frosting, it was almost like a piece of fudge (now, for some people, that may be right up your alley!)  The thick sugary frosting on all four cupcakes was too much for my sweet tooth to handle.  And I used to eat chocolate sprinkles by the spoonfuls, so I’ve always considered my sweet tooth to be big league.  Not to toot my own horn or anything…

Let’s roll out the break down now!

Gimme Some Suga Bakery Bar / 320 Town Center Avenue Suwanee, GA / www.gimmesomesugabakerybar.com

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

2. Room temperature: Yes, holla! (I’ve always wanted to say that!  Did I spell it right?)

3.  Size:  Just a smidge smaller than standard

4. Cake to Frosting Ratio:  Slightly skewed in the frosting’s favor, which given it’s density, wasn’t working for me this time around

5. Vegan or gluten-free options:  Special order only

6. To-go packaging:  Cardboard box with logo sticker on top, no dividers inside though. Whoa, we were walking around with unsupported cupcakes and I didn’t even know it.  We were lucky no one was hurt!  (by no one, I mean no cupcake)

7. Milk for sale?:  I didn’t spot any milk, but they do have water, soda, Gatorade, Propel, Tazo teas, and coffee for sale.

8.  Other treats for non-cupcake enthusiasts you may have in tow: Cheesecake!  They’ve got 4″, 7″, and 9″ cheesecakes on their menu.  Along with t-shirts ($12.99) and bath bombs ($10).

9.  Ambiance: I really like the decor here ~ it was warm & inviting; hip and youthful; girly yet grounded (they had a tv tuned into the football game.  Steve was pleased.)  There were 3 indoor tables with groovy bar stools, fun artwork,  nice music playing, and rad lighting.  I was pleased.


10. Service: Excellent.  Even though, as Steve mentioned, there was lots of commotion with a birthday party going on, the one person manning the counter that day still gave us her full and kind attention.

11.  Three words to describe the Gimme Some Suga experience (according to Steve):

1) very 2) sweet 3) cupcakes

Although I’m not crowning a Top 10 this go around, the whole experience of Gimme Some Suga was worth the less than quick trip!  If you head out that way, let me know what you think.  Any other Suwanee must-see sights?  On another note, are you a nickname/pet name user?  Got any good ones?