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The Cupcake Zoo

May 20, 2012

  • 110 N. Farmer Street
  • Otsego, MI 49078
  • (269) 492-4654
  • Website
  • Menu

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.

The Cupcake Zoo at the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market

Peanut Butter Cup and Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2012 12:31 am

    Of course, you know that Garden Gate has cupcakes. It’s not their only item, but is one of the things they are known for, and they likely figured they would diversify instead of just living on cupcakes. Still, an all dessert store here would do well.

    • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
      May 21, 2012 9:57 am

      I know…last time I was in there, they had two flavors. My point was that I’d love to see a place like Molly’s Cupcakes that has dozens of different flavors at all times….

  2. May 21, 2012 11:32 am

    Definitely. Or a Sugar Shack location down here. That would likely do well.

  3. May 23, 2012 9:26 am

    This is Lindsey Pompileo, owner of Cupcake Zoo. I was so excited to read this!! I’m so glad you enjoyed our cupcakes. We are currently selling individual cupcakes in various always changing flavors at Rio Coffee in the Radisson downtown Kalamazoo in mini and regular size. We are currently starting to explore other retail options and we will be in and out of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market all summer. In June we will start using the website to let our friends know where you can find our products.

    Thanks for making my day extra sweet!!

  4. Heather permalink
    July 28, 2013 9:41 am

    You need to revisit the Cupcake Zoo. They now have daily walk-in hours in addition to their Friday walk-in hours and website ordering. I have ordered cupcakes from here a few times (we live in Berrien Springs, almost 1.5 hrs away). I have to say that the owner, Lindsey is EXTREMELY accommodating. They have an excellent assortment of allergen-free cupcakes (dairy-, gluten-, soy-free, etc.) and they are DELICIOUS. I wish they had a closer location; if so, we would be “regulars”. Please revisit them. You will not be disappointed.

  5. Heather permalink
    July 28, 2013 9:43 am

    I should clarify my above statement by saying that they have *weekday* walk-in hours.

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