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Feb 3, 2008 08:04 AM

Baltimore Cupcake Tour (Cakelove & BCC)

My sister was in town and we decided to do a mini cupcake tour around Baltimore on Saturday visiting Cakelove the day after it opened in Canton and the Baltimore Cupcake Company in Locust Point.

Baltimore Cupcake Company - Had two different cupcakes here, the Red Velvet and the Chocolate Peanut Butter. The latter had an interesting twist with a dollup of peanut butter on top of the cake, with frosting on top of that and then yet another bit of peanut butter on the very top. The Red Velvet's cake was not extremely moist but the peanut butter one was much moister. The frosting-cake ratio was about 1:1, and the frosting on both was rich and sweet. Yummy -- but too bad you can't enjoy your cupcake in the shop (there's no seating).

Cakelove - We had high hopes for Cakelove, being fans of Warren Brown's shows and knowing people who are customers of his U Street shop in D.C. In fact, Warren was in the new B'more shop when we went in and he waited on us. We had chocolate cupcake with strawberry icing, a chocolate cupcake with orange icing, and (on Warren's recommendation) a vanilla cupcake with peanut butter frosting; the frosting-cake ratio on each was much lower. The frostings were each delicious (although the real p.b. on the Baltimore Cupcake Company's pb cupcakes really brought home the peanut-iness)... and the strawberry icing was a real standout. Unfortunately, the cake itself was uninspired and wholly dry. Maybe Cakelove has some wrinkles to work out in the B'more location's bakery, or maybe Warren just prefers a drier, less flavorful cake.... But for our $3, we'll take Baltimore Cupcake Company any day.

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  1. the cupcakes I've had from the Silver Spring Cakelove have been equally "uninspired and wholly dry." I would guess it's the recipe rather than the location.

    1. There was a thread here about cupcakes in Bmore a while back. I'm glad you had a good experience at BCC, but many of us have had quite the opposite experience. And 1:1 ratio is way too much as far as I'm concerned. Most people end up leaving most of the frosting. If you don't care for the extravagant flavors, better cupcakes can be had at Lexington Market. BCC must be doing something right, though, cause they have a lot of customers. Maybe it's their decor...

      Thanks for the reviews.

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      1. re: bmorecupcake

        Dry cupcakes are a consistent complaint about Cakelove. Warren says it's because they are refrigerated and you just have to let them come to room temperature, but they still don't work for me at all. I love the flavors and texture at BCC but you're right, wayyyyyy too much frosting, most of which I dump in the trash. I'm a sucker for their snowballs (think pink Hostess coconut goodness, not shaved ice).

        1. re: sweetpotater

          The frosting is the best part! Perhaps why I'm partial to BCC. They didn't have any snowballs when we were there but I'll have to give those a try next time.

      2. I love BCC! And have always liked how much frosting they use on their cupcakes! I had a really good pumpkin cupcake there back in the fall. It was to die for!

        I haven't tried Cake Love yet, but i'm sure i'll get there! Thanks for the review

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        1. re: laura d

          I was so let down by cakelove - maybe I went on a bad day, but I've heard similar things from others. Maybe I'll try it again though sometime.

          1. re: beauxgoris

            Wow how does he get to open another Cakelove? consistently poor products.

            1. re: beauxgoris

              A bad day at Cakelove is any day ending with a "y." I had no idea there was such a market for expensive, dry cakes.

          2. Seems that dry cake is a hallmark of the "known" cupcake places.

            Ever had cupcakes from Magnolia in NYC? Dry, dry, dry.

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            1. re: onocoffee

              onocoffee, for a good cupcake in nyc try sugarsweet sunshine on clinton street in the bowery - moist, flavorful cake, just the right amount of not-too-sweet frosting!

            2. You left Charm Ciry Cupcakes on N. Charles St. off your tour. Excellent cupcakes, pleasant staff. Definitely worth a try.

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              1. re: ko1

                That was on the list but there are only so many hours and cupcakes that one can have in a day. However, next time she's down we'll hit Charm City Cupcakes and Lexington Market. Thank you for the alternate suggestions.

                1. re: cpsbmore

                  I really like CCC, but they have really weird hours, and usually sell out pretty early in the day. Enjoy Baltimore cupcake tour #2!

                  1. re: pmody

                    So I discovered. I went by Charm City Cupcakes on Friday at 3pm, and they were closed. If their hours are that weird, then they may as well not exist for me.