January 26, 2011

cupcake taste test | smallcakes | overland park, kansas

Just because I live less than half a mile away from a cupcakery doesn’t give me a license to frequent it every week — but it happens. It’s hard to resist popping in to one of my favorite local cupcakeries, Smallcakes, especially now that I’m settled in to my new city and have been baking a little less at home (plus I stalk the Smallcakes Facebook page every day for enticing specials). Now that I have so many bakeries to choose from in my cupcake, macaron and other sweets taste tests, I’ve been literally feeding my addiction — and Smallcakes has been winning for the past few weeks not only because it’s so close to my apartment, but also because the cupcakes are incredibly delicious.

While I’ve actually only been into Smallcakes three times — my first time at the Olathe location and the other two times in Overland Park over the past two weeks, each time I have walked in to the cupcakery, it feels like home. Nothing fancy, but good smells fill the small shop. Pretty, familiar cupcakes — classics like Red Velvet and Lemon — line the display shelf while interesting mixes, such as Hot Fudge Sundae, Caramel Crunch and Cookies ‘N Cream, catch your eye. Smallcakes makes a point to introduce different, interesting cupcake creations to its lineup every day — which keeps you coming back for more.

Even if you’ve never been to Smallcakes, you may recognize it from cupcakery owner and chef Jeff Martin’s appearance on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” as well as “The View.” Mark your calendars for February 15 when Martin and his smallcakes make another appearance on “Cupcake Wars.” Also, if you’re on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metro area, be sure to check out the new Smallcakes location in Lee’s Summit.

smallcakes cupcake display

{Smallcakes' cupcake display showcases its array of beautiful, perfectly frosted cupcakes. Photo Courtesy Smallcakes}

You never forget your first Smallcake. It was a pretty safe choice — Pink Chocolate — of simple, chocolate cake and pink buttercream frosting. Simply divine.

smallcakes pink chocolate cupcake

{My first-ever Smallcakes cupcake was Pink Chocolate from the Olathe location in summer 2010.}

One weekend this winter when I was deathly sick, the teacher man brought me traditional medicine — Sudafed — and kimberlyloc medicine — a Smallcakes French Toast cupcake. I think the cupcake cured me.

smallcakes french toast cupcake

{A French toast cupcake counts as breakfast, right? Photo Courtesy Smallcakes}

Sometimes, when you’re feeling down, you eat your feelings…or you only eat a cupcake all day. Probably not the best idea, but hey, Smallcakes’ slogan is “Maybe a cupcake will help?” On a particularly crummy day, Smallcakes’ Hot Fudge Sundae cupcake perked me up a bit. Nothing mends the heart more than a chocolate cupcake with buttercream frosting, nuts, hot fudge and a cherry on top.

smallcakes hot fudge sundae cupcake
{It’s hard to resist a hot fudge sundae cupcake with a cherry on top!}

Last weekend, I begged the teacher man to take me to Smallcakes because we were too snowed-in to do much else (this is where that less-than-a-half-a-mile-away-thing makes it rational to venture out in snowy, freezing weather). I chose a nostalgic Drumstick cupcake, which is made of vanilla cake with fudge icing and topped with buttercream and sundae nuts; he opted for classic Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting.

smallcakes drumstick cupcake
{I have fond memories of getting drumstick ice cream cones in elementary school — this drumstick cupcake tasted just like them!}
smallcakes red velvet cupcake
{Always a favorite — who doesn’t like red velvet cake and mounds of cream cheese frosting?}

Have you been to Smallcakes? What is your favorite cupcake? Tell me in the comments section which one I should try next!

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  • http://www.angelchrys.com Christy

    I’ve been to Smallcakes and liked them. I find that their cake is a bit crumbly and gets overwhelmed by the frosting. That said, they do have delicious flavor combinations.

    Have you tried @CoffeeCakeKC’s cupcakes? @Ms_nene makes fantastic cupcakes and sells them from a food truck in MO. She also sells them through Homer’s Coffeehouse in downtown Overland Park.

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    Crumbly, really? I’ve never had that experience, Christy…they have always been super-moist and delish for me. Maybe you caught them on a bad day :( Also, frosting is my favorite part…I have been known to just eat frosting sometimes, haha :) We should get a cupcake together sometime.

    Thanks for the other cupcakery recommendations! I will have to check them out. I can never try enough…any fun flavors at CoffeeCakes?

  • http://nofindersfee.wordpress.com/ Caro

    I want that french toast cupcake!!

    • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

      Caro, come to Kansas and we can get some French toast cupcakes together :)

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  • Peyton Baldwin

    I’ve been wanting to try these. Maybe I can join you next time. Also, I totally think we should, one day, have a bakery!

    • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

      Peyt, yes, yes, yes! Maybe the Smallcakes owner can give us some pointers :) Next time I host a girls day, we should have Smallcakes cater :) xx

  • Elizabeth Jones

    I got sent here from the Smallcakes twitter – What a great review! I LOVE Smallcakes! Just wait until summer, they have a fruity pebble cupcake that is probably the best thing in the world!

    • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Elizabeth! I review style, beauty and foodie things I love; you should comb through the archive and see some of the other foodie/cupcake reviews I’ve done. I saw the Fruity Pebble cupcakes on the Smallcakes Facebook page….so funny! Can’t wait to try em all. Yabba dabba do!!! :P

  • Monica

    We read in the Lee’s Summit Magazine the end of January about Smallcakes and were VERY excited but that excitement soon turned to frustration. The article referred to the store as already being open so we went that day and there was nothing. I looked up their website which also indicated that the store was already open. I finally came across their facebook page which shed a little light but not much…. a lot of people asking when it was going to be open but no answers until Feb 10 when it was announced that they’d open Feb 17. We went on the 17th and they were open but weren’t “open”… they were giving away pink vanilla and pink chocolate cupcakes. Saw on facebook that evening that there were some permit issues so they wouldn’t be open for real until the 18th. We went again on the 19th, got there around 6 p.m. and they were already sold out. Now mind you, the hours on the door say til 8 p.m. and looking at their facebook page they have issues with selling out so you would think they would have taken that into consideration when baking for a store whose opening had been pushed back multiple times. While all of this was frustrating nothing was more frustrating than posting a comment on their facebook wall about the frustration than to have that comment deleted within 6 hours. Needless to say anything negative is swept under the rug as much as they possibly can so I highly doubt we will be a Smallcakes customers.

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    Hi Monica,

    That’s too bad! I wonder what’s been going on…hope your next experience is better…any other cupcakeries in your area???

  • http://www.cupcakecrusaders.com Jenn

    Between the French Toast, Hot Fudge Sunday, and Drumstick (it really tastes like the real thing?!) this place sounds dangerous! I’d be in trouble with having this place so close!

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @jenn well, when you and the other crusaders come to visit me in kc, things are going to get crazy :) cupcake party, cupcake party! :)

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