November 29, 2011

guest post | cupcake taste test | midnite confection’s cupcakery | baltimore, maryland

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.

midnight confection's cupcakery baltimore maryland

{Midnight Confection's Cupcakery is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

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.

midnight confection's cupcakes baltimore city and wine

{Armed with wine and cupcakes, the Cupcake Crusaders were ready for a relaxing night in, instead of out "on the town" like we initially planned. Cupcake flavors pictured (from top left going clockwise): Midnite (chocolate cake, chocolate chip cream cheese filling, and chocolate buttercream), Sublime-inal (lemon cake and lime buttercream frosting), Black Velvet with cream cheese frosting, Piña Colada, Spice Cake and Playboy (carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

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.

midnight confection's baltimore maryland seasonal cupcakes

{Pictured above are two season flavors and a regular flavor. The two seasonal are Chocolate Cherry and Gingerbread. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

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.

carrot cake cupcake from midnite confection's in baltimore maryland

{Playboy from Midnite Confection's Cupcakery. This carrot cake cupcake is filled with carrots, a hint of pineapple, a great blend of spices and topped off with creamy cream cheese frosting. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

sublime-inal cupcake midnight confection's baltimore maryland

{Sublime-inal from Midnite Confection's Cupcakery. This lemon cake cupcake is topped with a lime buttercream frosting and combines tartness and sweetness for a perfect summer taste that you can have year around. Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

black velvet cupcake midnite confection's baltimore maryland

{Midnite Confection's Cupcakery's signature cupcake, Black Velvet with cream cheese frosting. This cupcake differs from a red velvet because it is more rich and "velvety." Photo Courtesy Cupcake Crusaders}

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.

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  • kristina@beancakes ❤

    ah! that black velvet w. cream cheese is my favorite!! {i love that it’s called black velvet as opposed to red too!} all i need to consider a place the perfect cupcakery is awesome tasting cupcakes!! and great service doesn’t hurt either ;) ;)
    xo ~ kristina

  • Stacy

    @Kristina, if a place has amazing cupcakes, I’ll deal with crappy service too. But great service just makes it that much better. :)

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