I was looking back through photos, trying to find something “from the archives” to post about today, and I realized that about a year ago guest cupcake crusader, Elisa, and I (joined by a good friend) went to Caroline’s Cupcakery, located on Fort Ave in Baltimore City, for a “Happy Hour” they were having.
It’s hard for me to get here often becuase they don’t stay open late on weekdays and I seem to always be too busy on the weekends, but on this particular evening, us 3 gals decided to head that way since they stayed open later and had some fun “Happy Hour” themed mini cupcakes. If I recall correctly, I got one of every “Happy Hour” flavor they had, but I only clearly remember the Margarita cupcake (which was amazing), but unfortunately didn’t take a picture of it. I did, however, go back for a full size cupcake (I have no will power) and I took a picture of it:
Look at all that delicious chocolate frosting. The Peanut Butter Chocolate cupcake was divine. Normally I would say that the frosting to cake ratio on this is WAY out of proportion, but their chocolate frosting is probably some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s doesn’t quite taste like milk chocolate, but isn’t totally semi sweet/dark (which I tend to prefer) either. It is balanced somewhere between the two. So, my plan of action with this was to eat half the frosting off the top so the rest of the cake and frosting was balanced out proportionally. It worked.
When thinking back to this night, I can’t help but be reminded of my first experience with Caroline’s Cupcakery. It was in May of 2010 during a “Cupcake and Wine Tasting” that they held. Fellow Cupcake Crusader, Jenn, and I headed there after work one evening and were totally “wow’ed.” They served all mini cupcakes that night with samples of wine that had been specially paired to complement the flavors of the cupcakes. Jenn and I not only enjoyed the cupcakes, but we had such a fun time. It was a great atmosphere. Here were some of the cupcakes that were among our favorites that night:
1 – Pink Wonder with Strawberry Drizzle
2 – Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting
3 – Citrus Wonder with Lemon Drizzle
4 – Peanut Butter and Joy
The Pink Wonder with Strawberry Drizzle took me by surprise. I’m not normally a huge fan of fruit flavored frosting (except lemon, I’ve always liked lemon frosting) but this was flavored so well. It actually tasted like a strawberry PopTart, which I think is really cool.
The Red Velvet was another winner. At that time, it was probably one of the best Red Velvet cupcakes I’ve ever had. Caroline’s Cupcakery is also stellar at making cream cheese frosting. The combination of the two was perfect. I’m actually thinking I need to get a Red Velvet from Sweet Bakery and one from here and have a little “taste off.” I’m honestly not sure who would win…
There’s only one thing I can say to describe the Citrus Wonder… Sunshine. It is like summer in a bite size tasty treat. Perfection.
I could go on about the Peanut Butter and Joy, but like the Chocolate Peanut Butter, it’s just really good. This frosting was a bit more like dark chocolate, which suites me just fine.
If you are ever in the Baltimore area, please make sure to check out Caroline’s Cupcakery. They are a wonderful neighborhood place to visit if you are craving something sweet. You won’t be disapointed. (They also have a new location in Harbor East, inside the Haagen Dazs).
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Cupcake Adventures!
UPDATE: We are sad to say that Caroline’s Cupcakery is now closed after serving Baltimore for 2 years.
– Posted by Cupcake Crusader, Stacy (Baltimore, MD)