Find delicious cupcakes in Ann Arbor, I will. Cake Nouveau did not live up to my high expectations, nor to the amazingness that is Ann Arbor. Deep inside, I knew there had to be a cupcake master somewhere in the Maize and Blue city. My instincts were right, per usual. The Force is with me.
Cupcake Station appeared as a beacon of hope on the starry horizon, like the Millennium Falcon. Star Wars nerd… The storefront resembled that of a train station from the old west, except with a fresh coat of paint on the sturdy brick face. “Good to the last crumb” was painted down the side of the store in bold print. My blood sugar rose in anticipation of the sweet nectar of cupcakes.
When we walked in, there was a selection of cards and merchandise to the left and a large brick fireplace (not a working one) in the back corner. In one of the niches, there was a modern red pleather couch with four fantastic framed pictures of cupcakes hovering above it. On the coffee table in front of the couch was the little peg game from Cracker Barrel. You guys know what I’m talking about. I love that game. But what really had me salivating was the large selection of perfectly crafted cupcakes right in front of me.
After much deliberation, Ian and I selected the Samoa, German Chocolate, and Boston Cream cupcakes. I had my eye on at least a few others, but if I’m going to fit in the door of the other establishments, I have to limit my intake. However, I regret not getting one of their Bump-a-licious cupcakes—Signature Bump-a-licious or the Mystery Bump-a-licious (changes each month). These cupcakes feature bumps of deliciousness which are then dipped in more deliciousness. For example, the Mystery Bump-a-licious featured this April (which isn’t so much a mystery) is the Raspberry Tart—lemon cake, frosted with raspberry white chocolate cream cheese bumps, dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with pink jimmies. I want me some bumps. Bump, bump, bumpity, bump.
Once I heard that the Boston Cream was a donut in cupcake form, I said, “No more, you need say.” The Boston Cream consisted of a very moist vanilla bean cake filled with creamy custard, topped with smooth chocolate ganache, drizzled with white chocolate, and finished with a buttercream flower. Why can’t donut shops garnish their Boston Cream donuts with a buttercream flower? I could eat one of these everyday for breakfast.
I selected the German Chocolate cupcake to honor my German heritage, and also because German chocolate cake is germazing (German + amazing). Their German Chocolate cupcake featured their signature dark chocolate cake with homemade German chocolate frosting, which was then topped with pecans and coconut and drizzled with dark chocolate. A bite of this brought back childhood memories. My aunt, uncle, and cousins lived next door to my family when I was growing up. For our birthdays, my Aunt Tina would whip up a German chocolate cake (she made the best). Before having it delivered by one of her children, she’d cut out a piece from the center for herself. Classic move, Aunt Tina. It was actually pretty smart since that cake would be gone in no time.
Girl Scout: Well, I’ll tell you what. I’ll buy a cup (of lemonade) if you buy a box of my delicious Girl Scout cookies. Do we have a deal?
Wednesday: Are they made from real Girl Scouts?
Quick, name that movie. We could all name our favorite Girl Scout cookies at the drop of a hat. I dropped a hat. “Samoa!” Search your feelings, you know it to be true. My mom had connections and she would stockpile these things like she was preparing for Y2K. God bless her. I’m sure if we looked hard enough, we’d find an old box of Samoas hidden in a random crevice of my parents’ house (similar to gifts in the Griswold household). Any one person in my family could probably demolish a box of these in less than a minute—it’s a talent. I’m making my family sound like the Klumps.
Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm.
Naturally, I about leapt from my seat when I saw Cupcake Station’s website advertising their famous Station Samoa. I always scout out cupcake places online before I go. The Station Samoa was made of an incredibly moist vanilla bean cake which was filled and frosted with creamy buttercream, rolled in toasted coconut, and drizzled with caramel and dark chocolate. Holy Samoa! It’s like I died and went to Girl Scout heaven. I immediately regret saying that.
On that note, The Cupcake Station must be on your to-do list the next time you hit up Ann Arbor. For (THE) Ohio State fans out there, you can order online.