I know there are some people out there who are against this whole cupcake movement. I can understand their reasoning to an extent. Anything over done is rarely done well, and cupcakes are everywhere. I blame Sex and the City, but then, I love Sex and the City. In addition, the nostalgia factor is more syrup than sweet to cupcake haters.
But, as cupcake shops have replaced 31 Flavors across the nation, I say, let’s rejoice. For now, at least, the majority of these shops are not chains. You can have a new experience in each cutesy bakery. I always feel like I am tasting a new family recipe. Sometimes the recipes are better than others, but there is always the sense of stepping into a grandmother’s kitchen. And, let’s not forget the fact that you can have the perfect-sized cake, often filled with a custard and topped with a dollop of icing. I don’t know - I just feel one with this whole cupcake trend.
In Chicago, there is a great little cupcakery called Molly’s Cupcakes. A great stop for cupcakes gallore, Molly’s does one thing that I haven’t seen yet: they let you build your own cupcake. That’s right, pick a cupcake base, pick a frosting. They will put it together for you. With gourmet flavors like brown butter frosting and pumpkin cupcakes (a favorite combo), you really can’t go wrong. My friend swears by the peanut butter chocolate, and the husband loved the chocolate chocolate.
My favorites were the red velvet with cream cheese frosting and the lemon with lemon curd filling. The red velvet was crumbly, and not too sweet. The lemon was nice and tart, with a beautiful bit of candied lemon zest on top. Sitting in the playful and colorful interior, eating cupcakes, and sluggin’ down some milk - what’s more nostalgic than that?
In addition, they have some killer chocolate chip cookies, coffees, and lattes. This is a great place to bring a date if you want to show your playful side - they have board games, and people just hang, lounge, and play. Or, sit on a swing at the cupcake bar! They are open till Midnight on weekends, to satisfy all late-night sweet tooths. But, they do start to sell out of items as the night goes on, so make sure to get there earlier if you have your heart set on something in particular.
Molly’s Cupcakes is located in Lincoln Park at 2536 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 883-7220
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