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Molly’s Cupcakes = The Best of All Cupcakes!

As you know, I spend a lot of time eating cupcakes.  Upon visiting a new city, I first seek out the best cupcakeries around so that I can find the city’s best cupcake.

I am going to Chicago this weekend for a family event, so I thought I would share with you some of the city’s finest attributes.

We start with the best cupcake I have ever had.

My first taste of Molly’s Cupcakes was a tiny bit of buttercream frosting that had rubbed off on the side of the box, just a small smidgen if you will, hardly even a taste for normal frosting.  But the second that baby taste hit my tongue, my mouth exploded with flavor.  I could actually taste the butter and the cream, separate entities yet inextricably entwined to create the greatest flavor of frosting I have ever had.

Next to that explosive taste experience, the otherwise delectable cake seemed like a little bit of a letdown…until I realized it was filled with berry jelly.  The mixture of incredible buttercream, moist but strong cake worthy of holding sweet filling, and fresh berries on top, adding a tang to the sweetness, made for the best cupcake I have ever eaten.

Until I had some of their other cupcakes.

The Mixed Berry cupcake is still quite possibly my favorite, but now it is in competition with their Butterscotch Caramel, and the Peach Cobbler is up there too.

There are several cupcakes that are high on my list of all-time favorites.  The Berry Berry at Spot Dessert Bar in New York was exceptionally moist and perhaps the best chocolate cupcake I have ever had.  I still can’t get enough of the Lemon Pistachio cupcake at Love at First Bite.  And once there was another shop in Chicago called Cupcakes that had a fabulous Salted Caramel that still moves me even though they have gone out of business.

However, none of them measures up to any of the cupcakes I have had at Molly’s.

So next time you’re in Chicago, go visit Molly’s Cupcakes, or I will hound you until you do.

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Mrs. Delish’s Cupcakes: the Best Cupcakery You’ll Never Visit

As anyone who has been reading this blog for a while can attest, I have a special relationship with cupcakes.  Upon entering a new city, searching out the best cupcakeries is one of my goals.  Whilst driving in a new place, I will often spy a cupcake shop out of the corner of my eye and proceed to slam on the brakes, throw around a u-turn, and sprint from the car, wallet in hand.

Which is why I was so excited to find Mrs. Delish’s Cupcake Boutique.  On one of my first trips to Monterey after moving to San Jose, I spied it squished into a crevice among storefronts and immediately abandoned all other plans to buy a cupcake.

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And I was so glad I did.  As I walked toward Cannery Row, I took a bite of my cupcake and stopped short.  I knew in an instant that this cupcake was special.  This cupcake belonged in the category “made by gods.”

I made my husband wait with me as I sat down on a curb to finish it.  This cupcake was too good for walking and munching.  It needed to be savored.

I vowed to return to Mrs. Delish’s the next time I visited Monterey, and I have been by on every single visit.

And it has never again been open.

I try to get down to Monterey as often as I can.  I have gone about once every two months on average since that first cupcake tasting about two years ago.

The store is clearly still in business.  They’ll have notes on the door explaining why they were closed today or that they had to close early.  Sometimes they’re not open on Sundays or holidays.  Sometimes they’re closed for no reason at all.  Maybe they just dislike for me for reasons I cannot begin to fathom.  Still, they have never once been open for me since that first bite of heaven.

So I am calling you out, Mrs. Delish!  I am going down to Carmel for our anniversary, and you had best be open when I get there!  Or I will…I will…I will be sad.  Really, really sad.

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Love at First Bite: Berkeley’s Best Cupcake

As you may remember, I love cupcakes.  I love them so much.  So naturally I have searched high and low for the best cupcakes in the Bay Area.

All right, not really, I don’t have that many calories to spare, and for some reason no one wants to go cupcake hunting in San Francisco with me.  Nonetheless, I have spent ample time seeking the orgasmic cupcake experience in Berkeley and San Jose which brings me to the Bay Area’s #1 cupcakery according to my half-assed research.

Love at First Bite is the proud purveyor of one of the best cupcakes I have ever had.  All of their cupcakes are good, but the lemon pistachio is without rival.  For some reason, these flavors just go together perfectly, and this is the only cupcake in my Top Favorite Cupcakes that has no filling.  The balance between frosting and cake is so perfect that filling is unnecessary.  It is light yet rich, fluffy yet solid.  It is as close to the perfect cupcake as you are likely to get.  And that is coming from someone who deals primarily in chocolatey cupcakes.

There are many things about this bakery that place it atop the pyramid of the Bay Area’s best cupcakeries.  It is truly a cupcake shop (meaning cupcakes are their primary product), and you’ve got to respect the commitment and skill you need to make that work.  That they have been successful while surrounded by the unparalleled wares of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto speaks more of their talents than I ever could.  The competition for customers is fierce.  But the thing that impresses me most about Love at First Bite is how reasonably priced their cupcakes are.  Really good cupcakes like this often go for $4 or even higher, but theirs are still below $3 which, again, considering their location is impressive.

So next time you find yourself in the Gourmet Ghetto for lunch, take a leaf out of my book and get a slice at Cheeseboard, then finish off with any of the wonderful choices at Love at First Bite.  These perfectly balances cupcakes are too good to miss.

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Finding Cupcake Love at Fairycakes

Those who know me can tell you that I have an overactive sweet tooth.  Actually, they would probably tell you that they can’t believe I weigh less than 300 pounds after all of the sugar I eat.  Regardless, I like me some sweet eats.

So naturally when the cupcake craze hit the U.S., I immediately jumped on that food truck.  I never cared much for cupcakes growing up but quickly realized that this is because I had never had a good cupcake.  Now, I can’t get enough of them.

I have lived in various places where good cupcakes are easy to come by, and you would think that San Jose’s enormous size, proximity to San Francisco, and desire for gastronomic equality with the rest of the Bay Area would make for numerous delicious cupcake shops.

Not so.

For some reason, the vast majority of cupcakes found in the South Bay come from specialists who only make cupcakes on demand.  Since I generally only want one (or at least, should only be eating one), this does not feed my addiction in a satisfactory manner.

I was in fact starting to think that I would have to venture outside of Silicon Valley to find a good cupcake readily available for purchase.

Then I found Fairycakes.

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In keeping with the San Jose tradition of making cupcakes difficult to find, Fairycakes does not have a store front.  They do however have a food truck.  Which is probably for the best because it means I have to put out effort to buy a cupcake, saving me from the tasty yet artery-clogging fate of eating far, far too many.

Fairycakes makes most of their cupcakes with a particular formula:  bake cupcake, insert filling, top with frosting.  Since I am firmly of the opinion that filled cupcakes are the best, this works out pretty well for me.

They generally have a vast assortment of options though what those options will be on any given day is a bit unpredictable.  They’re all good, so it doesn’t really matter what they have.

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Nonetheless, there have been several that stood out to me as extra delicious.  There was one glorious day when they had a Butterfinger cupcake with chocolate cake and frosting mixed with actual Butterfinger bits that was pretty amazing.  The Salted Caramel is a known favorite for a reason with just the right mix of salt and caramelly goodness.  If you’re not a chocolate freak, any of the fruit-filled ones are tasty, especially if they have cream cheese frosting, though it is worth noting that most of the fruity cupcakes are merely filled with fruit instead of having flavored cake or frosting.

Whatever you choose, the cake is moist while still holding its shape, the ratio of frosting to cake is just about perfect, and the filling gives it that extra kick toward perfection.

The biggest downside to Fairycakes is trying to find the truck, but with a little effort, you shouldn’t have a problem.  You can track it on Facebook or Twitter, or you can find a Moveable Feast near you, and Fairycakes should be among the attending trucks.  Beware that the lines can be long, so plan to make sure you have time to stand in them.  Believe me, it’s worth the effort.

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