The Cupcake Zoo
When J and I were in Chicago for my birthday last fall, we did something the hip, trendy people do. We went out for cupcakes. After a fantastic meal at Goose Island, we went to the uber-trendy Molly’s Cupcakes to pick up dessert.
The last couple years have really seen a boom in the popularity of the gourmet cupcakes. Cupcake Wars on The Food Network have shown the masses that cupcakes are more than just bland, individual cakes made from a box that you take for treats on your birthday to school (is that even still allowed?)
Not sure how well it would go over, but man, would I love to see a cupcake store in Kalamazoo somewhere. Either near Western or downtown, but it’s so nice to have the option of moist, sweet cake in an individual serving size.
Alas, we don’t really have that. There are a couple bakery’s that serve cupcakes, but don’t specialize in them.
This past Saturday, J and I decided to check out the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market for the first time this year. We were pretty late getting there, but we were still able to find the goodies we were looking for including an unexpected treat.
The Cupcake Zoo had a table set up that we just couldn’t pass. How can anyone pass up cupcakes?
I first heard about the Cupcake Zoo a few months ago as I was putting a press release for some even up on the website. I was really hoping to find a storefront, but they are an online bakery only. They do their production in downtown Otsego, but you can’t walk up and find baked goods. You have to preorder and they either deliver or you pick up at their production facility.
When ordering online, there is a minimum order you have to meet. You can’t just order one then pick it up later, but after eating one of these, you’d soon find out that one is not enough anyway…at least that’s what we ran in to.
At the Farmers’ Market, they were selling individual cupcakes with a discount for the more than you bought. J and I each decided to get one. I went straight for the Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake while J got one with Sea Salt and caramel. The price for the two cupcakes was exactly five bucks and neither of us could wait to break open that plastic container.
We waited until we got home and until after we ate lunch….but as soon as my lunch was gone, I found the box with the cupcakes and forced my way past the plastic trying to keep me out.
The moist cake was topped with a stiff creamy, peanut buttery whipped frosting. It’s drizzled with chocolate ganache and topped with a half of a mini peanut butter cup.
J’s cupcake was similar, but there was a sprinkle of sea salt and a caramel and chocholate drizzle over the chocolate cupcake with what I believe was a vanilla whipped frosting.
The Cupcake Zoo is just going to be another reason for us to go to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. I wish they had their own shop and I hope it’s in the cards someday, but right now, we’ll be making trips to Bank Street just to get these sweet treats.