This is a guest post from fellow cupcake addict Stacy of Cupcake Crusaders. Every Tuesday for the month of November she has named her top five favorite cupcake shops in the city of Baltimore, Maryland. Today, she names her #1 cupcakery. Visit Cupcake Crusaders today to see my #1 pick for favorite cupcakery in the Kansas City suburbs!
Located in the neighborhood of Federal Hill — south of Baltimore City’s Downtown and Inner Harbor area – is my selection for my ultimate favorite cupcakery in Baltimore City.
Midnite Confection’s Cupcakery can be found off the historic Charles Street, just steps away from the Cross Street Market. This section of Charles Street is lined with trees, boutique shops and restaurants which make this a perfect location for a cupcake shop. Midnite Confection’s was ranked as the #1 place to get cupcakes on Baltimore Magazine’s 2011 Best of Baltimore. While I didn’t agree with most of its rankings, this place was on the top of our list too.
When Midnite Confection’s hit the cupcake scene in Baltimore, I was impressed by two things. First, because they are situated in the heart of Federal Hill, the busy night life keeps them open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and 8 p.m. on Saturdays while most bakeries and cupcake shops in Baltimore have already closed. This means that if you ever need any cupcakes for a Friday night gathering, you can just drop by and get what you need.
The next thing that impressed me was the story about why this mother and son team started their business. According to their website, Aaron, the son, had a late night sweet tooth and his mother, Sandra, was unable to sleep, so the two of them ended up baking late into the night. The next morning the kitchen was filled with their “midnight confections” which they shared with family and friends. Word began to spread and eventually they were able to open their storefront in Federal Hill.
Midnite Confection’s late night hours were part of the reason for my first visit there. One Friday night, Crusader Elisa and I had plans to attend a local cupcake and wine tasting, but for some reason the event was cancelled. Remembering that Midnite Confection’s would be open until 10 p.m., Elisa and I decided to have our own cupcake and wine night. Together we headed to Federal Hill. When we walked in, we were immediately greeted with a smiling face. I believe this was one of the owners, Aaron. We selected six cupcakes and headed to the wine store across the street. After selecting a red wine, we made our way back to Elisa’s house.
All the cupcakes were amazing. Each brought something totally different to the table and were unique and wonderful in their own way.
Since then we’ve had Midnite Confection’s cupcakes time and time again and have rarely been disappointed. It would be impossible for me to recommend just one or two flavors so instead, I’m going to suggest that if you go, get a variety. First, definitely order their daily and/or weekly specials. I’ve tried many of their seasonal flavors ranging from Chocolate Cherry and Gingerbread to Spice Cake and Pina Colada.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not normally a fan of fruit-flavored frosting, but the Chocolate Cherry above was a great blend of sweet balanced fruitiness and rich chocolate. The Gingerbread was the perfect seasonal flavor for December (I had both of these in 2010).
Usually they have two to three seasonal flavors, so it would probably be best to order a half-dozen when you visit so you can also include three of their regulars: Playboy, Sublime-inal and Black Velvet.
Midnite Confection’s is my No. 1 favorite cupcakery in Baltimore City because they offer the full package. Besides their stellar cupcakes and late hours, they have what I think is the best service among the competition. I think Aaron, one of the owners, has always been the one standing behind the counter when I’ve gone there and he’s always willing to chat, laugh or just give a smile. They also utilized their Twitter and Facebook accounts on a daily basis, informing their fans of daily and weekly flavors and occasional store closings.
Midnite Confection’s has everything a No. 1 cupakery should have. And I am proud to have them in my city and hope that anyone visiting or living here will give them a try. If you do stop in, make sure to tell them that the Cupcake Crusaders say hello.
Does a cupcakery need to have more than just great cupcakes for you to consider it “one of the best?” If so, what do you think makes a No. 1 cupcakery? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.