A Yummy Path to Cupcake BLVD in Crofton, MD

Cupcake BLVD in Crofton, Maryland has been written about in local papers, has scores of local patrons, and almost 2000 Facebook fans. I’ve passed by the shop quite a few times, driving up Rt. 3 after visiting my Mom in Charles County. Alas, every time I passed by it was later in the evening and they were already closed. I knew I had to get there and review the cupcakes, but my timing was always off.

While Crusader Stacy organized an interview with the owner, Angelette, I picked up cupcakes on Saturday (luckily they put the cupcakes aside in the morning, because when I went to pick them up, they only had two cupcakes left!). I was excited to try their cupcakes, and especially excited to help them celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The special for the day was Mojadito (almond amaretto) and the two cupcakes they had left were Maple Bacon, which was not on my half-dozen order, so I added that cupcake to the lot. After a tour through the shop, including the back bakery area and party room, meeting the owners son and some friends, I took my cupcakes to share with some friends and family. With 7 cupcakes to try, I knew I couldn’t eat them alone, and was glad to share them with my boyfriend Mike, his Dad, Stepmom, and brothers. Here’s what we thought:

Maple Bacon
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We all know I love bacon, and I sure was lucky they had two of these cupcakes left so I could add it to my order! The cake alone wasn’t too sweet or flavorful, but the frosting was truly amazing. Very smooth and buttery, this frosting was super maple flavored and the crunchy bacon on top added a great texture.

Dulce de Leche
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Caramel filling was the perfect addition to this cupcake. The frosting followed the buttery flavor and consistency that I would find on all BLVD cupcakes, with a moist semi-sweet cake. Not too sweet and not too boring, this cupcake achieved the perfect balance between cake and frosting.

Nutella
BLVD-Nutella

This Nutella filled cupcake had a lightly flavored and airy vanilla cake with smooth chocolate frosting. Like the other cupcakes, this one was just sweet enough, and the chocolate shavings on top added texture and melted in your mouth!

Cinnamon French Toast
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While the other flavors were good, this cupcake really stood out of the bunch. It was amazing how this cupcake tasted exactly like french toast! You could really taste both the syrup and butter flavors in the frosting and the cake had a great light toasty flavor. I could have eaten about ten of these cupcakes, it was that good.

Milky Way
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With part of the namesake chocolate bar on top, how could you go wrong?! The filling was like marshmallow fluff and it worked well with the chocolate cake to create the milky way flavor. The frosting was a bit sweeter on this cupcake, but still smooth and buttery.

Mojadito
BLVD-Amaretto

Super amaretto! This cupcake was almost too beautiful to eat. Edible glitter adorned the swirled, sweet frosting atop the moist and airy cake. Of all the cupcakes this was the sweetest. I love almond and amaretto, but because this cupcake was so sweet I couldn’t eat the whole thing—good thing I was sharing.

Coconut
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My favorite of the bunch, I have never had a better coconut cupcake. Moist, lightly flavored cake paired with a frosting packed with coconut flavor made for a very delicious cupcake. If you don’t like the texture of shaved coconut, just pick it off the top, I love the texture, so it was an added bonus for me!

All of the cupcakes from Cupcake BLVD were a treat and most exploded with flavor. My favorites were the special “Mojadito,” Coconut, and French Toast. Angelette was lovely and couldn’t have been nicer—taking time out of her busy day to chat with me and give me a tour. The one thing I wished was for all of the daily flavors to be listed online, because I didn’t know that the Bacon Maple was an option until I got to the shop as it was not on their “daily flavors” list for Saturday. I could have easily called and asked, which I will do next time around so I don’t miss out on the Pumpkin cupcake. I look forward to going back to Cupcake BLVD and trying some more flavors with Crusaders Jenn and Stacy, because they’ve got to try them!

– Posted by Cupcake Crusader Elisa (Baltimore, MD)

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Candy Bar Cupcakes at Flavor Cupcakery

Facebook can be a dangerous, if not a fattening, thing. How you ask? Well, last week I saw that Flavor Cupcakery would be presenting five candy bar themed cupcakes as part of a contest and my interest was automatically piqued. Then, I remembered my friend, Sarah, would be coming off a month long “candy fast” on September 1st, the same day that Flavor Cupcakery would have all five candy themed cupcakes. The wheels in my head started working and I asked Sarah if she would be interested in having a girls night featuring these cupcakes as a way to break her fast. Crusader Jenn was also included in our evening festivities, but unfortunately Crusader Elisa was out of town for the holiday weekend.

After a gluttonous dinner of cheesesteaks and french fries (we decided to go all out this evening…) we started in on the cupcake tasting. This was the first time Sarah had joined us for a “Crusader Tasting” and I think she thought we were nuts got a kick when we started taking notes. We take cupcake eating very seriously.


(M&M’s cupcake from Flavor Cupcakery)

The M&M’s sparked our curiosity the most because for a chocolate candy, the cake and frosting seemed to be vanilla based; however, the surprise was in the center. Flavor Cupcakery took the idea of a candy coated chocolate literally so that the cupcake and frosting represented the candy coating and inside was a milk chocolate filling. With the crunchy mini M&M’s on the rim of the frosting, this cupcake really tasted like an M&M’s candy. The cake was moist and the frosting just sweet enough with the addition of the sweet little candies, making this a very enjoyable cupcake.


(Milky Way cupcake from Flavor Cupcakery)

The next cupcake on our list was Milky Way. Unfortunately this cupcake didn’t wow us like the first. I wasn’t a fan of the milk chocolate frosting (but that’s not a hit against Flavor Cupcakery, I have just never been a fan of milk chocolate frosting) and Jenn didn’t think the caramel had a good flavor. Then, with the cake being vanilla, it didn’t really convey the feeling of a chocolately Milky Way bar.


(Ferrero Rocher cupcake from Flavor Cupcakery)

Slightly disappointed, but already starting a sugar high, we moved onto the Ferrero Rocher cupcake. I was most excited about this cupcake because I LOVE Ferrero Rochers. There is something about the crunchy outside and gooey inside that makes me want to do a little dance. While this cupcake was over-the-top decadent, we agreed that the hazelnut flavor wasn’t present enough to really make this candy bar themed cupcake successful, however, its overall flavor was so rich and wonderful that it was still a favorite of the evening.


(Twix cupcake from Flavor Cupcakery)

The Twix cupcake had mixed reviews. Jenn, who wasn’t a fan of the caramel filling, didn’t think it represented the candy well and that the chocolate cake overpowered the other flavors. I agreed with this slightly, but thought that the cookie bottom was a nice touch and added a good texture to the cupcake. Again, it was another tasty cupcake, but slightly missed the mark when it came to representing the true flavor of a Twix candy bar.


(Take 5 cupcake from Flavor Cupcakery)

Being big fans of the salty/sweet combo and Take 5 candy bars, we saved this one for last. The peanut butter frosting combined with the caramel filling, chocolate cake, and pretzel crumble bottom, really worked well together. While the pretzel got a bit soft due to the moisture of the cake and frosting, the flavors in this cupcake were still spot on. The only other downside to this cupcake was that the pretzel base didn’t hold together well, so it was hard to get the pretzel bits in one bite with the cake and frosting. But this was still our favorite of the group and we voted for it in Flavor Cupcakery’s contest.

Our final thoughts are that these are some of the best cupcakes we’ve had from Flavor Cupcakery, even if some were not true representations of the candy bars they mimicked. Each had moist cake and smooth buttery frosting and were a great addition to a junk food fest girls’ night. If you didn’t have a chance to try these cupcakes, follow Flavor Cupcakery on Facebook to find out the winning flavor because they will be featuring it on the fall menu as a regular item.

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