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