This past Saturday I had the opportunity to drop into a new bakery in town, Alexandria’s Cupcake Cottage at 1332 E. Republic Road. It’s a quaint little space full of antique and 50’s/60ss retro furniture, signage and decor. It’s a little overwhelming when you walk in because the tiny space is crowded with so much…small and large tables, lots of non-food retail items such as aprons, dessert themed soaps and lotions and a few other fun items.
Eventually, I made my way to the bakery case to see what magical sugary delights awaited me. There were a few chocolate truffles in the case, a couple of different cookies, cannolis, birthday cakes and of course cupcakes. I chose classics–a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and a red velvet cake with cream cheese buttercream. At $2 a piece they were decently priced and sized.
So how were they? Overall, ok. The vanilla cake was very moist and the frosting was good but a little too sickeningly sweet. As for the red velvet, Jeremy and I both agreed it was very disappointing. The cake was moist but had a strange bitter taste from the cocoa and the cream cheese frosting was way too cream cheesey and tangy for my liking. What I did like about these was the amount of frosting on the cupcakes–it was piled on! Just wish it had tasted better.
I probably will go back because I’ve heard their cannolis are very good and I’d also like to try the chocolate truffles. But for now I think I’ll stick to making my cupcakes at home. Try them and let me know what you think!