I finally made my way over to the Baltimore Cupcake Company last week, after hearing mouthwatering raves from many a friend and loyal followers of these top-heavy mini cakes. The store is in a word, delightful. It’s every little girl’s tea party dream, pink walls, white chandeliers, whimsical cakestands and crisp linens. And along a rear counter, four trays of pristine cupcakes, all of varying hues and flavors. I had to fight the urge to dip a finger in every cake. At 3pm, two of the trays were already empty. Much to my disappointment, it’d been all the vanilla ones. I didn’t have too much trouble picking out the ones I wanted from what was left. I pointed, the girl bagged. There was coconut and pumpkin amaretto. Needless to say, the drive home with my sachets of goodies was quite torturos as I did everything in my power to keep from peeking in to sneak a bite.
My hands trembled when I unwrapped the cakes from their shells. What was impressive was that there was as much frosting as there was cake (I measured!). The cake was lovely, so dense and moist, it seemed to be laden with syrup or honey. The frosting on the other hand, hit my tongue like a sugar rush. It was much too sweet and slightly chalky, probably due to the confectioners sugar as a main ingredient. (I was expecting a rich buttercream.) It even had that hard sugar crust… I tasted very little of the natural sweetness of butter; it was mainly flavoring (amaretto and coconut). It would have been more enjoyable if there was a thinner layer of it.
For $3 a pop, these cupcakes were definitely pricey. I hear that on some days, if you get there an hour before they close, you can be just lucky enough to get the cakes at half off. So the next time I get a craving for some really delicious cake with super sweet frosting, I’ll be sure to try and go after 5pm (they close at 6!).