There are OFFICIALLY two reasons to put Roanoke on your future travel plans: The Blue Ridge Marathon (see my 2012 and 2013 recaps) and Bubblecake.

Beautiful display at bubble cake!

Beautiful display at bubble cake!

Now, you all know that I love my cupcakes…and before I even begin this review, I am gonna be straight up: this shop jumped straight into my ALL TIME top three shops (I rank it right at Extraordinary Cupcakes / Baked + Wired level). Between the fun decor, friendly staff, creative and beautiful variety and of course, FANTASTIC flavor, Bubblecake proved its prowess on this cupcake connoisseur’s┬ámap!



The shop itself is located right outside of what I considered the downtown area – using my iPhone to navigate us there, I have to admit I was skeptical of the directions that my navigation were giving me, since we were in what appeared to be a residential area. Fortunately for us, it WAS right and we found Bubblecake – a small shop in a row of small businesses with a bit of street parking.

Cupcake closeup!

Cupcake closeup!

Among the variety of fantastic flavors were your standards, like red velvet, carrot cake, ‘old school’ (vanilla chocolate) and lemon, but a bevy of creative signature cakes like snickerdoodle, birthday cake, tiffany (vanilla/almond) and more! Each was more beautiful than the last, and at $3.50 a piece, they were actually quite large (about 1.5 the size of a standard cupcake). ‘Babycakes’ were also available ($2.25) but those were more the standard cupcake size than a mini cupcake, so that seemed to add to the value for me. (See full menu here).

The 'babycakes.'

The ‘babycakes.’

Along with those colorful confections, there were also a few ‘brownies’ that looked scrumptious! I put that in quotes because they were not your regular square chocolatey treats, but rather sophisticated ones in three varieties: butterfinger, fallen souffle and nutella ($3.95/ea)!

The brownie bunch!

The brownie bunch!

I stared and salivated for a good 5 minutes before hubs and I made our choices. I consulted with the friendly staff behind the counter for the recommendations – you know a place is good when they have SEVERAL favorites each! :)

Eventually, we made our picks:

Hubs' pick.

Hubs’ pick.


Krissy's pick!

Krissy’s pick!

We opted to eat in and we were given a cute little tray and sporks :) We headed over to the indoor seating are (a converted sun room) with a hot pink picnic table to sit at :)

View from dining area :)

View from dining area :)

After admiring the cupcakes from all angles (really, they were just so pretty) we both unwrapped our chosen cupcakes and took our first spork-assited bites…and OH YES these cupcakes were just as good as they looked…if not better!

My dreamsicle cupcake was orange cake – very moist – and topped with vanilla bean whipped icing. So good! I attempted to take a cross section pic:

Moist cake + fluffy icing!

Moist cake + fluffy icing!

Pretty much perfect.

Now, I did take a few bites of hubby’s cupcake as well (which was quite fantastic) I did restrain myself and stuck to just one…which was a little challenging, but hey, it’s a big world full of lots of cupcakes, right? Anywho, I really don’t think you could go wrong at Bubblecake…and I definitely enjoyed my experience there.

Cupcake Heaven!

Cupcake Heaven!

Cupcake Heaven…in Roanoke, VA?! Who woulda thunk it? :)

For more cupcake reviews, check my Yelp list here.

14 thoughts on “Bubblecake.

  1. Aw man! I totally missed that place when we were there! Congrats on your finish! I loved the course and can’t wait to do it again!!!

    • Thanks, Jacy…hope you had an absolute blast!! And…guess you’ll have to just run it again!! :D

  2. I’m drooling!! A dreamsicle cupcake?? And nutella brownie?? I think I’m going to need to run this race just for the excuse to eat the cupcakes!!

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