Over the past month the Crusaders have been working hard to prepare for another series which was supposed to be featured on another blog. Unfortunately, this fell through, so instead, we will be featuring this series on our own blog next month. This series will highlight our Top 5 favorite places outside of Baltimore City (but still within a short driving distance). This means we have eaten A LOT of cupcakes. So, for February, we decided to share some of the new spots we’ve visit, but you’ll have to wait until March to see our final Top 5 picks. 🙂
One of our many cupcake outings this month led us to Old Mill Bakery Café in downtown historic Ellicott City. Guest Crusader, Beth, recently shared cupcakes of hers from this location, but we decided to check it out for ourselves.
When we walked in we were surprised to find out that this isn’t your normal bakery. It is a bakery, a coffee shop, and a gift shop all wrapped up into one whimsical place. We browsed the large merchandize table as we waited in line, drooling over the plates, mugs, wall hangings, and more that featured cupcakes.
After we reached the front of the line we asked about the cupcake options for the day. They didn’t have any flavors posted, and clearly cupcakes aren’t their main thing. The nice woman told us our options and we settled on three flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate with Vanilla frosting, and Butterfinger.
The cake in this cupcake was airy and moist. Crusader Jenn said that it was the best Red Velvet she has ever had. However, the competition was a little tougher for our Red Velvet Crusader, Elisa. She really did like it but felt that the cream cheese frosting was a little too sweet, but luckily still maintained a nice cream cheese flavor. We all thought the shaved chocolate on top was a nice touch.
Chocolate with Vanilla Frosting
This cupcake shocked us by tasting much more like a Cookies and Cream cupcake. A really good Cookies and Cream cupcake! The vanilla frosting tasted just like the center cream of an Oreo cookie. The chocolate cake was light and flavorful, but a little crumbly. That didn’t stop this from being a very tasty cupcake though.
This cupcake was the clear winner of the three. Even though the cake was a little dry, the flavor and aroma was unbelievably wonderful! It was packed with so much Butterfinger flavor that it is definitely up there as one of our favorite flavors. The half of a mini Butterfinger on top finished the whole thing off nicely.
Our overall experience with Old Mill Bakery Café was definitely a good one. Since we were on a time crunch that day we didn’t have a chance to sit and enjoy our cupcakes with a nice coffee or a cup of tea, but I look forward to returning to do just that. Historic Ellicott City is one of our favorite places to walk along the main street and browse the boutiques and antique stores. Old Mill Bakery Café will certainly be added to our “must do” list when we are there next.
– Posted by Cupcake Crusader, Stacy (Baltimore, MD)
Oh I had forgotten about that chocolate/cookies ‘n cream cupcake (since we sampled how many cupcakes that night?!). So. Good.
I know right?! Just writing up the review made me think about them and Main Street in Ellicott city again. This spring the “mom” and the “aunties” MUST take Little Leah down there to walk around and have some coffee and cupcakes. (Just milk for her, of course.) Isn’t it crazy that just a year or two ago we were going down there for Oktoberfest beers and cupcakes in the middle of the afternoon, and now it’s just coffee with the recent addition of the little one?
Actually, she can probably have a little tast of cupcakes by then! And the “dad” might have to come too. You know how much he loves Ellicott City AND trips out with the girls. 😉
Haha! Yay! We never mind when Dan hangs out with us! I guess a trip to Ellicott City just wouldn’t be the same without him, huh? Oh, and when I said, “just milk” for Leah, I meant instead of coffee. Buy then I’m also hoping cupcakes will be on the agenda for her too. 🙂