The cupcake trend hit New York several years ago with the success of Magnolia bakery and all of its spinoffs, knockoffs and inspired bys (Buttercup Bake Shop, Billy's Bakery, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, etc.). Magnolia makes cakes, pies and all other manner of sweets but it was their cupcakes that put them on the map and their influence that kicked off the cupcake trend. Though the filtration process has been slow (first to Los Angeles then to Chicago and other cities) that trend, cupcakes as a grown up sweet tooth pleaser, has finally made it to our fair hamlet.
Cupcakes, both traditional and vegan varieties, have made their way to permanent or semi-permanent places on the menus of both Sweet Surrender and Cake Flour. Cake Flour has more cupcake variety (limoncello, banana with chocolate ganache, chocolate or vanilla cupcakes with buttercream) but don’t count Sweet Surrender out. If the cupcake trend continues to grow in Louisville I bet they might turn some of their innovative and oh so tasty cake recipes into delicious portable cupcakes as well.
Two bakeries serving up cupcakes does not a trend make so let us also talk about Babycakes. Babycakes. The Babycakes website bills the bakery as “introducing the Artisan cupcake in Metrolouisville.” I’d be really curious to try some of the Babycake offerings, their menu does sound interesting, but they actually don’t have a shop. They just sell at the St. Matthews Farmers Market and offer delivery on orders of two dozen or more cupcakes. I walk to the Bardstown Road Farmers Market so I’m out of luck.
However all cupcake hope is not lost because there is a coming soon sign up near the corner of Lexington and Bauer (where Tiger Lily used to be) proclaiming the eminent arrival of “The Cupake Shoppe.” I can’t find any info beyond that coming soon sign but I’m optimistic they’ll have a wide variety of tasty cupcakes for me to sample and try.