Cupcakes are a preferable alternative to traditional birthday cakes, whose constant accompaniment by off-key singing has depleted the planet’s finite supply of forced smiles. Garner genuine grins with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a half-dozen gourmet cupcakes (a $16 value) at Carytown Cupcakes.
Carytown Cupcakes tantalizes sweet teeth with a gourmet menu of made-from-scratch treats. Five loyal flavors may be counted on to perform each day, including the plush red-velvet cupcake, a sensuous conflation of deep red cocoa cake and cream-cheese icing, or the buttermilk chocolate, which nobly performs the fireman carry for either vanilla or chocolate buttercream frosting. Beyond its starting five, Carytown touts five additional flavors that change weekly and whose mindful ranks invariably include one vegan and one gluten-free offering to sate dietary restrictions and an aversion to muttoncake. Examine August’s rotating selections to discover such inspired concoctions as the chocolate-dipped strawberry, a ganache-dunked dessert drizzled with white chocolate, or the cannoli, stuffed with sweetened ricotta and chocolate chips and sporting a Stetson made from a piece of chocolate-dipped cannoli shell.
Carytown Cupcakes’ blushing interior ensconces sweet seekers with fairy-tale pink walls and chessboard flooring, all pointing customers to the effulgent display case. Baroque corner chairs, a lime-green settee, and a fireplace cater to refined conversation over complimentary refills of LavAzza coffee, and free WiFi buzzes about the shop, mirthfully infiltrating laptops and beehive hairdos.
Carytown Cupcakes' team of bakers, affectionately known as "Team Buttercream," handcrafts the shop's preservative-free treats from scratch daily. General Manager Jessye Valerie started in the shop five years ago as a prep cook and now oversees daily operations, wedding deliveries, and special events. Her permanent menu of classic cupcakes woos sweet teeth with the familiar, comforting flavors of red velvet, vanilla, and carrot cake. Meanwhile, her seasonal menus rotate weekly to include vegan and gluten-free selections that fit into themes ranging from wine country to candy bars. For those 21 and over, Carytown Cupcakes is now offering beer, wine, and prosecco.
2820-C W Cary St.
Richmond, Virginia 23221Get Directions