Is The Cupcake Stop Worth Stopping For?

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I’m sick and I’m tired and I can’t sleep so I’m going to blog since my mind can’t focus enough to do actual work up for my clients right now. Though that would be the smart thing to do so that I can stay up, get work done and try and sleep this sickness off in the morning. And you know what is so annoying about whatever I have right now? I’ve actually been gaining weight while being sick. In the past 2 days I’ve gained 5 pounds. Maybe it was the Big Mac, strawberry shake, fries and chicken nuggets I inhaled, but that’s besides the point. Speaking of 5 pounds, I may also contribute some of the cause to these cupcakes I am going to write about.

It seemed like fate. A week ago I was walking around on the Upper East Side and passed by the Cupcake Stop truck, which I had never tried before, but alas, they were sold out. I was really hoping to try one of their French toast and bacon cupcakes, which is: A vanilla, cinnamon, and maple cake that is studded with caramelized apple-wood smoked bacon and topped with a maple and cinnamon infused butter-cream finished with a drizzle of pure maple syrup. And then, the other day I had to run to Soho to run an errand and right in front of the store I had to go into, there they were again. And it looks like they had plenty of stock. No French toast bacon cupcake though so I settled on Blackout Cookies, a red velvet cupcake and a cookie dough cupcake.

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The first thing you notice is that the cupcakes are simply decorated, but so adorable at the same time. And I’m really glad that they were put in plastic containers so that they didn’t get smooshed. Actually, now that I think about it, the guy undercharged me too, so that was nice. It’s $3 a cupcake, but I got 2 cupcakes and a bag of cookies and was only charged $6. Maybe he was in a good mood. The cookies I ended up giving to a homeless man later that night, but slipped one out to taste before giving them all away. It wasn’t anything amazing actually. I much prefer the blackout cookie recipe I posted before that won that recipe contest (not my own recipe, someone else’s).

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My cupcakes were delicious though. Both were crumbly, but moist and the frosting was good too. I would definitely buy their cupcakes again. I must say that while there is nothing wrong with the cupcakes, technically, they were even kind of perfect, my only complaint is that they were a little boring. The red velvet, was, like I said, good, actually very good, but I personally like a bit more cream cheese flavor in my frosting, with this one, you kind of had to hunt for it a little bit. The cookie dough sounded like it could have been so much fun, but it fell short on that “fun factor.” I didn’t get much of a cookie dough texture or taste from this cupcake. It pretty much just tasted like a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting.

I will be going back to try their other favorites, it just kind of sucks because they have so many flavors on their website, but you just kind of have to try your luck and see which flavors the truck has that day. It looks like they do have an actual bakery at the old Limelight, so maybe I’ll have to break down and head over and do that.

7.5 out of 10

-Joyce Huang

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