A Sad Farewell to Caroline’s Cupcakery

Last week we heard that Caroline’s Cupcakery, located off Fort Avenue in Locust Point, was closing. Hearing this sad news, Crusader Elisa and I planned our final visit for their last day, which was this past Saturday.

Caroline’s has always been one of our favorite places to get cupcakes. We even listed it as a Top 5 pick for cupcakes inside Baltimore City on KimberlyLoc.com. Since this may have been the last time we were able to indulge in their signature “mile-high” frosting and fluffy moist cake, we decided to focus on getting our favorite flavors.

(Yes, you are looking at 2 dozen cupcakes. No, they were not all for Elisa and I. Almost a full dozen was for my family, who I was meeting up with later that day and some were for Jenn who asked Elisa and I to get some for her, because she couldn’t join us there.)

Since we did end up getting quite a few, and we have reviewed Caroline’s Cupcakery several times before, we will just quickly share some of our favorites that we decided to get on that last day:

(Pink Wonder with Strawberry Drizzle – I don’t normally like Strawberry cupcakes, and now I know why. None have ever compared to this one from Caroline’s.)

(Citrus Wonder with Lemon Drizzle – Like summer in a cupcake. Light and refreshing, this cupcake will be missed.)

(Red Velvet – I’m not sure how Elisa, our “Red Velvet Crusader,” feels about this cupcake, but I love it. The cake is rich, light and moist, and the cream cheese frosting is buttery and not too sweet.)

(Carrot Cake – I’ve had a hard time finding a Carrot Cake that I like, but this one is moist, light, and full of spicy carrot cake flavor.)

(Sunday Morning (French Toast Bacon Cupcake) – This cupcake sometimes has me wishing I ate bacon. It’s one of Jenn and Elisa’s favorites and the maple frosting on top (which I’ve sampled) is amazing.)

(Guinness cupcake with toasted coconut – Perfect combo of beer, chocolate, and sweetness. Elisa reviewed this cupcake before here.)

We were also able to try a new cupcake. It was called the Butterfinger Candy Bar Cupcake. This cupcake was buttery and sweet, just like a Butterfinger should be. The only thing that could have made it better would be the addition of more chocolate. (You can never have too much chocolate).

(Butterfinger Cupcake from Caroline’s)

Every bite of these cupcakes brought back some great memories. The Pink Wonder with Strawberry Drizzle took me back to my first experience with Caroline’s when Jenn and I attended a wine and cupcake night and were able to sample tons of mini cupcakes paired uniquely with specific wines.

(Cheers! What is better than wine and cupcakes? Click here to read about this night.)

Then, the Citrus Wonder with Lemon Drizzle reminded me of Jenn’s baby shower. We got a variety of cupcakes from Caroline’s, but this was a clear favorite of the day and was perfect with the hot summer weather.

(Caroline’s Cupcakes dressed up for Jenn’s baby shower.)

I also thought back to a more recent Caroline’s cupcake adventure where Elisa brought us Hot Chocolate cupcakes to enjoy while watching the most recent Twilight movie at the theater.

(Disclaimer: Most movies theaters are NOT okay with bringing in your own food. Do so with caution. Read our review here.)

Caroline’s will not only be missed for their amazing cupcakes, but for all the many wonderful memories we’ve had that have included their cupcakes.

We love you Caroline’s Cupcakery!

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


From the Archives: Caroline’s Cupcakery, always a favorite.

I was looking back through photos, trying to find something “from the archives” to post about today, and I realized that about a year ago guest cupcake crusader, Elisa, and I (joined by a good friend) went to Caroline’s Cupcakery, located on Fort Ave in Baltimore City, for a “Happy Hour” they were having.

It’s hard for me to get here often becuase they don’t stay open late on weekdays and I seem to always be too busy on the weekends, but on this particular evening, us 3 gals decided to head that way since they stayed open later and had some fun “Happy Hour” themed mini cupcakes. If I recall correctly, I got one of every “Happy Hour” flavor they had, but I only clearly remember the Margarita cupcake (which was amazing), but unfortunately didn’t take a picture of it. I did, however, go back for a full size cupcake (I have no will power) and I took a picture of it:

(Do you see all the wrappers on the table? Yeah, we put a hurting on those mini cupcakes)

Look at all that delicious chocolate frosting. The Peanut Butter Chocolate cupcake was divine. Normally I would say that the frosting to cake ratio on this is WAY out of proportion, but their chocolate frosting is probably some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s doesn’t quite taste like milk chocolate, but isn’t totally semi sweet/dark (which I tend to prefer) either. It is balanced somewhere between the two. So, my plan of action with this was to eat half the frosting off the top so the rest of the cake and frosting was balanced out proportionally. It worked.

When thinking back to this night, I can’t help but be reminded of my first experience with Caroline’s Cupcakery. It was in May of 2010 during a “Cupcake and Wine Tasting” that they held. Fellow Cupcake Crusader, Jenn, and I headed there after work one evening and were totally “wow’ed.” They served all mini cupcakes that night with samples of wine that had been specially paired to complement the flavors of the cupcakes. Jenn and I not only enjoyed the cupcakes, but we had such a fun time. It was a great atmosphere. Here were some of the cupcakes that were among our favorites that night:

1 – Pink Wonder with Strawberry Drizzle
2 – Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting
3 – Citrus Wonder with Lemon Drizzle
4 – Peanut Butter and Joy

The Pink Wonder with Strawberry Drizzle took me by surprise. I’m not normally a huge fan of fruit flavored frosting (except lemon, I’ve always liked lemon frosting) but this was flavored so well. It actually tasted like a strawberry PopTart, which I think is really cool.

The Red Velvet was another winner. At that time, it was probably one of the best Red Velvet cupcakes I’ve ever had. Caroline’s Cupcakery is also stellar at making cream cheese frosting. The combination of the two was perfect. I’m actually thinking I need to get a Red Velvet from Sweet Bakery and one from here and have a little “taste off.” I’m honestly not sure who would win…

There’s only one thing I can say to describe the Citrus Wonder… Sunshine. It is like summer in a bite size tasty treat. Perfection.

I could go on about the Peanut Butter and Joy, but like the Chocolate Peanut Butter, it’s just really good. This frosting was a bit more like dark chocolate, which suites me just fine.

If you are ever in the Baltimore area, please make sure to check out Caroline’s Cupcakery. They are a wonderful neighborhood place to visit if you are craving something sweet. You won’t be disapointed. (They also have a new location in Harbor East, inside the Haagen Dazs).

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Cupcake Adventures!


(Cupcake Crusaders, Stacy and Jenn, enjoy their mini cupcakes at Caroline’s Cupcake and Wine Tasting, May 2010)

UPDATE: We are sad to say that Caroline’s Cupcakery is now closed after serving Baltimore for 2 years.

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