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Caroline’s Cupcakery is an adorable little cupcake shop sporting pink walls and a variety of cupcake memorabilia. It even has its own cupcake crossing sign outside its main location, along Fort Avenue, in the Baltimore City neighborhood of Locust Point.
Recently, Caroline’s Cupcakery expanded with a new storefront in the Harbor East neighborhood, but unfortunately only Cupkcake Crusader Elisa has had the opportunity to visit. I’m not sure whether the new cupcakery has a “cupcake crossing” sign beckoning passersby to come in and enjoy the offerings, which would be a shame, since it is so darn cute.
Shortly after it opened on Fort Avenue, Caroline’s hosted a “Cupcake and Wine Tasting.” Crusader Jenn and I could not miss out on the opportunity to sample two of our treasured palate pleasers. The night was filled with a variety of mini cupcakes and sips of wine paired specifically to each cupcake flavor. It was such a great experience that Caroline’s Cupcakery immediately became a place we would continue to support time and time again.
That night we found some of our all-time favorites, like the Peanut Butter and Joy (pictured above) and the Citrus Wonder with Lemon Drizzle. One thing we didn’t realize that night was how Caroline’s trademark is the mile-high frosting “tower.” This, and this alone, is what places Caroline’s Cupcakery in our #4 spot for our choice cupcake locations in Baltimore City, and not higher on our list.
Luckily the frosting is delicious, but we are pretty picky about the cake-to-frosting ratio when it comes to cupcakes, and this just leans way too heavily on the frosting side. The only way to approach one of Caroline’s cupcakes is to eat half of the frosting off first, which brings me back to, “luckily the frosting is delicious.”
The skyscraper of creamy sweetness does not stop us from loving every morsel of Caroline’s cupcakes; in fact, we like them so much we ordered them for Crusader Jenn’s baby shower this past June. The flavors included were Citrus Wonder with Lemon Drizzle, Peanut Butter with Chocolate and Vanilla Vanilla (for those less adventurous).
They were a huge hit with all the ladies at the shower, and we were happy to spread cupcake love to all the guests. Not only is the frosting appetizing, but the cake stands up to it as an equal and doesn’t get overshadowed (as long as you eat half of the frosting off first).
I think the Citrus Wonder might be one of Caroline’s best options. I haven’t tried all the offerings yet, and don’t know that I’ll ever be able to since the cupcakery is always adding new flavors, but this is definitely a standout.
Another recommendation I have is to select anything with dark chocolate buttercream frosting if you are a chocolate lover. It is smooth, rich and just all-around awesome.
Have you been to Caroline’s Cupcakery? Do you like a lot of frosting or a little dollop? How important is the cake to frosting ratio for your perfect cupcake experience? We’d love to get your opinion on this. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.