A great idea in theory, I decided to force my kids to join me on a sunny Saturday for a Cupcake Crawl. I’m sure many of you are familiar with a pub crawl where you go from bar to bar to bar and sample their beverages….you walk, then stumble and then, finally, crawl to the final destination.
This “crawl” was no different except my plan to visit four cupcake bakeries in one day wasn’t a good plan at all. We had to cut the trip short and only visit two because mass amounts of sugar and buttercream can quickly turn you against any type of pastry for an extended period of time. I’ve recovered and am ready to visit the final two.
My plan for “The Cupcake Crawl” posts (which will now happen over a period of time instead of the planned one day) was to post reviews on all four in one post and name a “winner” for the day. Plans change….and so did this one. Instead, I will post a review for each bakery on its own and rate them using a 1-5 cupcake system, 1 being poor….5 being Ah-mazing! I also take price point, location and interior design into consideration when rating an establishment.
Let’s start with Iced by Betsy….oh boy. 🙂 This place is incredibly cute! It’s housed in a renovated train station in Royersford, PA. I have to tell you, this train station was a major flashback to my past. I only ever remember it being abandoned, I passed by it almost everyday when I was a child so it’s pretty frickin cool that they saved this building and turned it into a cupcake bakery! It’s an exciting establishment for a town that seemed to be on the decline a few years ago.
The interior of the building reminded me of an Eloise story, pink and black stripes…a little girl’s dream come true. The young lady working the counter was so sweet and very knowledgable, she was able to explain all the flavors in great detail making it even harder to decide. They offer several beverages and Philly Bean Coffee to accompany your treat.
Let’s get to the cupcakes. Divine. I couldn’t believe it, really. I’ve had cupcakes at some of the most famous cupcake bakeries in New York City and Iced by Betsy could easily rival them. No kidding. This is a cupcake destination worth driving to even if you’re not in the area.
- 24 Karat – Delicious carrot cake baked with organic freshly grated carrots. Frosted with velvety smooth cream cheese frosting and topped off with walnuts and a sugar carrot.
- By Popular Demand – Our signature dark chocolate cake filled with decadent dark chocolate mousse. Frosted with a simple and sweet vanilla buttercream and topped with a swirled
- Pucker Up – A moist lemon cupcake filled with tangy lemon curd. Frosted with velvety smooth cream cheese frosting and topped with candied lemon peel.
- Life by Chocolate – I forgot the description but just get it…it’s chocolate for crying out loud!
All were ridiculously awesome. I don’t even know how else to describe them. Moist and sweet with a ton of icing (which I know a lot of people dislike but take some off and eat it…..it’s pretty simple.) They’re rich and sinful….you only need one but I had to try them all. I wanted more but my stomach told me to come back another time.
If you love cupcakes and live in the area you need to go here. Seriously. Take a good book, your laptop, iPad or a friend that you’ve been meaning to catch up with. Order a cupcake and a cup of coffee…I promise it will be the highlight of your day. This place truly makes me smile.
You can visit their site, Iced by Betsy, for hours and flavors of the day. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for tempting photos at the crack of dawn. 🙂 It will make you rethink that bowl of oatmeal.