Weekend Cupcake: The Baltimore Area Cupcake Hobbyist

When a reader recommended Weekend Cupcake, I knew I had to check them out. We love getting suggestions on new cupcakes to try, so I immediate headed to their Facebook Page to scope them out. After browsing through their photos of tasty looking cupcakes and reading all the rave reviews on their timeline, I contacted them to find out where they are located and if they would be willing to put together a tasting dozen for us to sample. The creator of Weekend Cupcake, Mark, emailed me back right away and said he would be thrilled to do that for us!

Throughout our correspondences I learned that Mark refers to himself as a “Cupcake Hobbyist” and his goal is to “deliver affordable, tasty and gourmet cupcakes to customers so they have an enjoyable event.” Weekend Cupcake was looking better and better and I began counting down the days until it was time to pick up their cupcakes.

We decided on a tasting dozen that consisted of 4 different flavors. I knew 2 flavors would be Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Dark Chocolate Caramel Toffee Bar, the other 2 would be a surprise. After about a month or so of waiting, it was finally time to get my cupcakes. When Mark arrived at our agreed upon meet up location he took time to talk a bit and go over the cupcake flavors with me.

In addition to the 2 flavors I already knew about, Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Dark Chocolate Caramel Toffee Bar, there was also Chocolate Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Knowing that I would never be able to finish all 12 on my own, I headed over to my sister’s house where she, Crusader Jenn, and I split them up (Crusader Elisa was unfortunately out of town that weekend). After my nieces went down for their naps, we dove in!

I started with the Dark Chocolate Caramel Toffee Bar pictured above. Ohhh.Emmm.Gee. The moist yellow cake was infused with toffee pieces and filled with a dark chocolate ganache. Then, the cupcake was topped (as you can see) with caramel, toffee, chocolate, and a Rolo candy piece. If I recall correctly, I mumbled many praises with a mouth full of cupcake.

Crusader Jenn decided to start with the classic Chocolate Chocolate cupcake. At first we thought it might have been topped with sea salt, but it turned out to be large sugar crystals, which kept this cupcake sweet and added a nice crunch. On its own, the cake was moist and light, however, probably could have been a little richer in flavor. But the frosting… WOW. So rich and creamy that it was a full on chocolate explosion. In fact, the frosting was so decadent that the light chocolate cake probably created a better overall cupcake experience.

My big sister, Alissa, choose the Peanut Butter Chocolate to sample first. She doesn’t join us on all our cupcake adventures, but she has been on enough to know a good cupcake when she tastes one, and this cupcake had her smiling from ear to ear. The big surprise was that this cupcake had a full size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup baked inside the cake! Peanut Butter Chocolate is a favorite flavor for my husband so (being the wonderful wife that I am…) I shared with him. We both really enjoyed it and I think it may actually be one of the best Peanut Butter Chocolate’s he’s ever tried.

The last cupcake left was the Pineapple Upside Down Cake. This cupcakes is the perfect summer treat! It was light and moist with a pineapple ring and a maraschino cherry baked in the bottom.

Weekend Cupcake really did make my weekend! Crusader Jenn and I liked them so much that we are actually thinking of ordering some for our big 30th birthday coming up. His prices are very reasonable and his cupcakes are scrumptious. That’s a winning combination in my book.

If you would like to find out more about Weekend Cupcake visit their Facebook Page or email Mark at weekendcupcake@gmail.com.

– Posted by Cupcake Crusader, Stacy (Baltimore, MD)

An Old Favorite Dazzles Again

We are excited to share another post from Guest Crusader Rebecca. Below, Rebecca shares one of her favorite cupcake/bakery shops, from her neck of the woods, down in Virginia.

I love Shirlington Village in Arlington, VA.  It is a very quaint street, two blocks long, but chock full of fantastic restaurants, shops, and entertainment. One of my very favorite places to grab a snack, has always been Best Buns Bread Company. Known for their fresh baked breads, delicious breakfast sandwiches, and rotating schedule of specialty treats (including the BEST Pumpkin Cake Cookies), I was pleasantly surprised to see that they also baked cupcakes!

Now these are some serious, extremely large, cupcakes. At about 3 inches across, these sweet treats are flavorful and some of the best cupcakes I have ever had. I decided to sample three flavors – Triple Lemon, Red Velvet, and Chocolate Toffee. And since these are such large treats, I was fortunate to have wonderful BSO staff members to share these treats with me, including Crusader Elisa.

The Triple Lemon was a very heavy, moist and dense cupcake. It was a lemon cake with shredded lemon pieces, lemon glaze, and lemon butter cream. This cupcake was also topped with candied lemon rind and had a very fresh lemon taste, no hint of artificial flavoring. It was delicious and tart, but refreshing at the same time. This cupcake is something every lemon lover NEEDS to try, and I enjoyed it so much!

The Red Velvet was an excellent rendition of traditional red velvet, topped with a cream cheese frosting. The cake was very flavorful and not overly sugary. It was sweet and light and the perfect complement to the rich cream cheese frosting.

Last, but certainly not least, was the Chocolate Toffee cupcake. I am a big fan of chocolate cake but rarely find a shop-bought one that I enjoy, so this was a special treat for me. The cake had a rich chocolate flavor, but was still light and moist. The butter cream was toffee flavored and you could taste the caramel, with hints of a burnt flavor, but still smooth and sweet. The crushed toffee on the top was an added textural bonus. All in all, this was a fantastic cupcake!

So, if you ever find yourself down in Virginia, make sure to check out Best Buns and all their baked treats!

– Review by Guest Crusader, Rebecca (Arlington, VA)