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.
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?