This cute little cupcake shop is located near Pizzeria Toro in downtown Durham and is the perfect way to end a meal from one of the many other restaurants located within walking distance to the cupcake shop. After a big meal, the last thing I want to do is have a big dessert, so I was delighted to find that this place had mini cupcakes. Perfect! I could indulge in a little sweet “something something” without feeling bloated!
Of course, getting one mini would not be enough, so I opted to get two, one to eat now and two to eat later. I ordered the double lemon, and the chocolate vanilla.
The two ladies who were working at The Cupcake Bar told me that the cupcakes are inspired by cocktails the staff likes. I’m not sure which these two flavors were supposed to reflect. The women said they use many local ingredients, such as Maple View Farm milk and ice cream, free-range eggs from local farms, NC-milled flour, local fruits and herbs, and products from Chatham Hill Winery and Fullsteam brewery. Neat!
The chocolate vanilla was a deep chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. The cake was moist and fluffy and had a nice rich chocolate taste, but was not too over the top. The vanilla frosting was not too sweet, which was perfect for me. Yum!
Later in the day (because I just couldn’t wait!) I had the double lemon mini cupcake. Oh, what joy! The fresh lemon, moist cake was a perfect little bite of heaven. The frosting added more tartness and woke up my taste buds. There is nothing better than a lemon cake! If I hadn’t had a pizza right before I went to the cupcake shop, I would have gotten the regular sized cupcake. Next time, I’m sure I will!
The cupcake flavors rotate, so be sure to follow the Cupcake Bar on Twitter or Facebook to find out what their flavors are for the day.
The Cupcake Bar is located at 101 East Chapel Hill Street in downtown Durham. They are open Monday – Thursday from 11 am – 8 pm and on Friday-Saturday from 11am – 9pm. Follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook to find out the flavors of the day.