Cupcake Chronicles: Williamsburg

After a runtastic weekend, hubs and I did what all good runners should do: refuel!

Following an excellent race on the Virginia Beach waterfront (Wicked 10K recap coming soon) we made our way west to Williamsburg. We had intended to make a trip to Busch Gardens, but due to inclement weather, we decided to just relax – and after a quick consult of Yelp, I thought of just the right activity for our blustery afternoon.

Hubs modeling cupcake scale.

The two shops we decided to check out were Williamsburg Cupcakes and Extraordinary Cupcakes.

Their descriptions (direct from their respective sites)

  • Williamsburg Cupcakes’ Peanut Butter World Cup– chocolate cupcake topped with a peanut butter cream cheese frosting and a peanut butter cup.
  • Extraordinary Cupcakes’ Marvelous Madagascar – super rich vanilla bean pound cake with Nielsen-Massey vanilla buttercream.

Other than their obvious flavor profile differences, you can notice the very obvious differentiating factor of SIZE. Not so obvious, but also important: price. WC’s cupcakes were standard sized and $2.75. EC’s were, for lack of a better term – GIGANTIC and $3. Value: noted. Advantage: EC.

Next step in cupcake analysis was dissection. I removed the wrappers, then used a knife to cut each down the middle. Both hubs and I received half of each cupcake  and a fork. We both took our bites…and were pleased by what we discovered!

Here were some of the highlights…

WC: Great cake to frosting ratio, creamy – not overly sweet frosting, light but moist cake.

EC: Intense vanilla flavor, dense, yet not overpowering texture.

And some critiques…

WC: Good cupcake, but nothing drastically stand out about it.

EC: Er…we only had one cupcake? Haha 😉

Winner in taste judging: EC.

Both cupcakes were definitely enjoyable, but in a battle of shop vs. shop, Extraordinary Cupcakes took the (cup)cake up a definite notch with its premium ingredients and incredible flavor! Although we didn’t initially think it would be a winner take-all battle (the one advantage we saw of WC was that the cake was packaged in a small box, while EC was simply placed in a paper bag) we did not see that as justification for the price point.

So, next time you find yourself in the Williamsburg area, give these shops a try!

What’s your favorite cupcake flavor?


  1. OMG, CUPCAKES–YUM! I’m a huge fan of chocolate cake and chocolate frosting–I’m a firm believer that you can never have too much chocolate–and I also really like red velvet. And I have a feeling I would thoroughly enjoy the PB one you tried. 🙂

    • I support your firm beliefs on chocolate….mmmm! 😀 Thanks for the comment, Carrie!!! 🙂

  2. What a fun idea!! I lurve cupcakes – pretty much anything that comes with cream cheese frosting is a winner in my book: Red Velvet, Spice, Carrot Cake. It’s a good thing there aren’t more cupcake places near me – I’d be in serious trouble. The funny thing? I don’t really like “cake”. I can totally take it or leave it. But cupcakes are a different story.

    • OMG, so with you on Carrot Cake, Bari!! mmmm….psssst, did you know there are really yummy cupcakes at WDW? Cannot wait to sink my teeth into one!!

  3. I would have loved to try that cupcake from EC. It looked and sounded like it was the most amazing cupcake ever! My favorite cupcake would have to be red velvet. At least that is usually the one I go for. I would really like to try a salted caramel cupcake sometime too.

    • 🙂 Thanks, Christine!!! Any great places in Hampton Roads? I remember receiving an email from the Norfolk office about Twisted Sister (?) Cupcake delivery!!

  4. ummm…so obviously because of my love of vanilla, i would choose the EC one but other than that, i feel like it looks classy. does that make sense? a classy cupcake….well it did it my mind. anyways, love it!

  5. […] 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 […]

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