Hospital Cafeteria Cupcakes.

Yay or Nay?

Surprisingly, “Yay.”

I’m not lying when I say that I was totally surprised yesterday when I bit into a small cupcake from a hospital cafeteria. I wasn’t expecting much, especially after my 7 Eleven experience (see my post below, from 7/11/11), but it was actually really good. Here’s the story: Fellow Cupcake Crusader, Jenn, had her baby yesterday at GMBC hospital. Which meant that I spent over 12 hours at the hospital waiting for the baby to join this world. Around 11am I decided to go to the cafeteria to get some lunch. I spotted the cupcakes then and thought to myself, “No, don’t do it. You will regret it.” But as I sat there, waiting, my curiosity wouldn’t let me forget that they were up there. Waiting to be tried.

Then, around 2pm I went back up to the cafeteria with my dad. I had told him about my curiosity with the cupcake, and being a supportive father of my cupcake craziness, he bought it for me. I wasn’t really hungry right away so I waited until about 6pm to finally dive in. I couldn’t believe how good it actually was! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had better cupcakes before, but the cake was very moist (more dense than I typically prefer though) and the frosting was a combination of really sweet (the orange flower) and just mildly sweet with a hint of lemon flavor (white frosting base). I wasn’t expecting this to be a cupcake that I took more than one bite of, but I happily ate the entire thing.

I’d have to say yesterday was a good day. Healthy baby girl. And a tasty treat.

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

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7 Eleven embraces the cupcake craze.

This really isn’t new, but today, as I took my free 7.11oz Slurpee to my car, I noticed the above. Yep, that’s right, a cupcake! As always, I got a little excited just to see the cute use of a cupcake and the “number candles” on the illustration of the special limited edition free Slurpee cups. This also took me back to my very limited (which is a good thing) experience with 7 Eleven cupcakes. You can only imagine my excitement when, about a year ago, Jenn and I went into a 7 Eleven for a typical Slurpee run, and spotted cupcakes!

Unfortunately, they were not good. At all. Jenn choose the Frosted Chocolate and I stupidly choose the Red Velvet. Most bakeries can’t even create a decent red velvet, so why I thought a convenience store could is beyond me. Lesson learned. I took one bite and just couldn’t manage to eat any more. I’m sure I shouldn’t have expected much else, but I’m an optimistic person. Jenn’s wasn’t nearly as bad as mine, but still not great and not worthy of ever getting again. The one thing they did get right though was the packaging. You could turn the cupcake completely upside down and it never budged from it’s location. (See photo below). I can name many cupcake vendors who could take a few pointers from 7 Eleven’s packaging.

That’s all for today cupcake lovers!

(Just as a reminder, we are still heavily under construction. Hoping to have a totally new design by the Fall).

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