Cupcakes are a preferable alternative to 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 $15, you get a dozen cupcakes at Kupcakz (a $30 value).
Kupcakz's owner and experienced pastry chef nourishes sweet teeth with a seasonal menu of cupcakes baked from scratch daily with ingredients such as house-roasted pumpkin, house-made caramel, Plugrá butter, and Valrhona chocolate. Hand-measured components band together to form each cake's spongy foundation, where fruity and chocolaty fillings seek shelter from the paparazzi. With one dozen cupcakes, guests can sample the shop's flavors, such the Sooner than Later's red velvet cake, the Cupcake Named Mackenzie's dark chocolate with bittersweet ganache, or the My Peanut Buttercup, which boasts peanut butter made from house-roasted peanuts. The sweetery's artists pair complementary icing with each batch of confections, creating swirls, flowers, and edible geometry proofs.
Whirring and banging, whirring and banging—these mechanical sounds could come from a factory churning out machine-made pastries by the hundreds. At Kupcakz, though, a slower, more organic chorus fills the air as Doreen Durano blends, chops, and stirs ingredients for small batches of cupcakes by hand. Drawing upon studies in baking and pastry at San Francisco's California Culinary Institute, Doreen works with her team to craft each and every cake from scratch, armed with the items found in gourmet kitchens, such as creamy Plugra butter, much-revered Valrhona chocolate, and booster seats for stout kings. Each creation gets a whimsical name: the Morning Buzz's moniker comes from a base soaked in rich espresso, and the Sooner Than Later hints at a general timeframe for biting into cream-cheese frosting and red-velvet cake.
7135 S Mingo Rd.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133