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Monday, July 16, 2007

Portland's Cupcake Jones

Neighborhood Notes has the scoop on newly opened Portland bakery Cupcake Jones (was Babycakes PDX but they changed their names, according to Neighborhood Notes, because of the bakery of the same name, Babycakes, in New York):

The name refers to "jonesing" for a cupcake, but it also refers to Lisa's dad, who loves cupcakes. He was adopted, but took the last name of his birth parents (Jones) as his middle name. Sweet story, huh?

Another source of interest is the anatomy of these cupcakes. At Cupcake Jones, each cupcake (except the Red Velvet) has four parts: cake, filling, frosting and garnish. For example, the Belmont Berry marionberry velvet cake is filled with marionberry infused pastry cream, topped with marionberry buttercream and garnished with handmade vanilla chocolate curls. The filled cupcake concept is credited to Lisa's fabulous baking crew. They core the center of each cupcake - just like you core an apple - and inject some sort of tasty filling into the middle of every cupcake. It ensures equal parts frosting/filling and cake. Mmmmm.

Everything is made by hand at Cupcake Jones. They even candy their own citrus peel, edible flowers and chocolate mint (which Lisa gets from her mother-in-law's garden) for their garnishes and make their own marshmallows.

Cupcake Jones has a really great menu concept. They offer "daily" cupcakes, which means you can get certain types every day, but they also offer flavors that you will crave every day of the week. Today's cupcakes are Choco Mint and Monkey. If you don't get them today, you'll have to wait until next Monday for your fix.


Not much info or photos yet on the Cupcake Jones site but hopefully we can coax them into an interview and get the scoop and some pretty pictures. For now, you'll have to satisfy your cupcake jones by actually heading over there. And this is not cupcake-related, but I cannot help but also recommend Staccato Gelato. When I was there in March, I tried thin mint gelato and raspberry brownie gelato that were to die for. That plus a cupcake, plus Ground Kontrol, well, I could just about move to Portland!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

St Cupcake is sooo much better!

Anonymous said...

Cupcake Jones had such a unique concept. Not your mama's cupcakes!

They have interesting combinations like strawberry margarita, almond joy, creamsicle, and raspberry truffle. They seem to pay close attention to quality here.

I have tried a few cupcakes at the other cupcake bakery in Portland and can truly say that the cupcake jones ones are bigger, higher quality, and much more beautiful.

I also have a few friends who go to St Cupcake more often than I (it is a little further away from me) who have mentioned that the service there can be inconsistent.

Anonymous said...

St. Cupcake's cupcakes taste like poo. The frosting was ok, but it flopped and melted on a dime. At best, they taste like an expired Duncan Hines cake mix my mom used to whip out for last minute birthday cupcakes for school.

Cupcake Jone's taste like how real cupcakes should taste, fresh, and exactly as advertised.

Anonymous said...

If you like stale, day-old cupcakes, then yes St. Cupcake is better...

Sara V. said...

A group of me and 5 friends decided to do a cupcake challenge. I have to say 4 out of 5 decided St. Cupcake was the better of the two. The one friend that chose Cupcake Jones prefers icing over cake, and that they had plenty of. Infact thats all she ate. The cake was dry, unflavorful. But as she dove into her chocolate mint, we found a long brown hair. DISGUSTING and she quickly changed her mind. So we ended up with 5 out of 5 would rather spend the money at the saint.
Not to mention Saint's store is much more welcoming and not so kitsch. Lets be honest, brown and purple at a cupcake place...KITSCH!

Anonymous said...

Cupcake Jones never disappoints - they win in all categories, hands down!
i take all my out of town visitors over there as a treat.
Saint what? never mind - just go to CJ and your cupcake need will be satisfied.

Anonymous said...

Saint Cupcake has better meat. Their cake is savory, moist and velvety and tastes better than Cupcake Jones. The Cupcake Jones cupcakes are drier but their presentation, frosting, and filling are what makes them better and thats why I say Cupcake jones is best.