Best of Baltimore Party, with cupcakes!

When my co-worker, Alyssa, asked me if I would be her date for the Best of Baltimore 2012 Party I jumped at the chance to go to this exclusive party dedicated to all the best things in Baltimore. It was at the Hippodrome this year, which is a favorite venue of the Crusaders, and boasts tons of food, drinks, dancing, Baltimore fun… and cupcakes!

(Photo from Best of Baltimore website, no harm intended)

Luckily I mentioned to Crusader Stacy that I was going, because her immediate reaction was, “I bet there will be cupcake places there!” Surely enough there were – two in fact – and Alyssa and I hunted them down to try the confections of the night.

We started with Dirty Carrots, a new vegan bakery. They had two mini vegan cupcakes:

Chocolate with Salted Caramel Frosting (on the left)

This mini cupcake, which Crusader Jenn and Stacy have tried before, was really good! The cake was moist and had good texture – not like a normal cake, but not like some other vegan cakes I have had that tend to be dry, with an almost grainy texture. The frosting was also good, very flavorful and I loved the hint of salt. It did have a little bit of an odd texture, but not off-putting enough to bother me. I really enjoyed that mini and would like to try it in a full-size cupcake sometime.

Vanilla cake dipped in Chocolate Ganache with Vanilla Frosting (on the right)

This mini wasn’t as good as the first one. It was on the drier side and the chocolate ganache just didn’t taste like chocolate. The icing was very good though, especially since I know there isn’t any butter in it.

Next we went to Midnite Confections, a favorite of the Crusaders. They also had two mini cupcakes in flavors we haven’t tried before:

Strawberry (on the left)

Having recently fallen head over heels for strawberry cake, this cupcake had a lot to live up to… and it DID! The cake was the perfect strawberry, moist, mini treat and the frosting was sweet, smooth, and paired perfectly with the cake. I did not know that Midnite Confections made a strawberry cake cupcake, and it is now a necessity for me to stop by the shop and pick up a full size version.

Vanilla with Vanilla Buttercream (on the right)

Moist and exploding with vanilla flavor, this mini really packed a flavor punch. I’m not always a fan of vanilla/vanilla cupcakes, but I enjoyed this mini and know I would love their full size cupcake.

The Best of Baltimore party was fantastic, I cannot thank Alyssa enough for taking me as her date, and I thank Crusader Stacy for suggesting I write a post about the cupcakes featured there. An awesome party, with cupcakes, and a post?! Count me in anytime!

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

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Best. Thing. Ever. Warm Cupcake from Midnite Confection’s Cupcakery.

It’s always nice to get a cupcake break during the middle of the week, especially if it just happens to be on a gorgeous spring afternoon! Recently, I was out and about for a work errand when I found myself in the Federal Hill area. For me, this means one thing: Midnite Confection’s. Luckily my work related outing overlapped with my lunch break, so I happily found myself parked in front of Midnite Confection’s adorable little shop just minutes after they opened.

While we haven’t written much about Midnite Confection’s on our blog, we’ve eaten tons of their cupcakes and even listed them in our Top 5 cupcakeries inside Baltimore City during our guest series on KimberlyLoc.com. There is one cupcake flavor that they carry from time to time I’ve been longing to try… Sinnabon. It is currently their flavor of the month, so I walked in with full expectations of finally conquering this flavor.  Unfortunately, I was a little too early and the cupcake was still too warm to frost. I didn’t have time to wait, so instead I chose their flavor of the week, Butter Pecan.

The two gentlemen working that day informed me that the Butter Pecan was still warm, since it had just cooled enough to frost, and that if possible, I should eat it right away. I hadn’t eaten lunch yet though, so I wasn’t sure if that would be the best idea. Well, it only took about three seconds for me to change my mind. Sitting in my car, I waited just long enough to take a quick photo before devouring the warm buttery goodness.

My first bite was like a little piece of heaven. The warm moist cake was full of pecan flavor and had a slight crunch on the top which added a great texture. I’m now convinced that everyone should head to Midnite Confection’s when they first open and ask what cupcakes are warm and fresh from the oven. It just might be the best way to eat a cupcake.

In all my cupcake eating experience, this was a first for me. I hope to repeat it one day soon… There’s a week left in May, which means I still have time to attempt finally to try the Sinnabon cupcake. I can only imagine how amazing that will be warm.

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