Cupcakes, like babies, are smaller, cuter, and more tempting to nibble on. Indulge your maternal/carniveral instincts with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get a dozen assorted cupcakes (a $28 value) or two dozen mini-cupcakes (a $20 value) from Kupcakz.
Kupcakz rises out of the scratch-made methods of Doreen Durano, an upholder of gourmet standards. Working beside her husband Mark Chatfield, Doreen provides an elegant lineup of carefully composed edibles loaded with seasonally fresh fruits and a bounty of hand-mixed fluff-stuffs. Currently, the menu is stocked with original selections such as Not a Carrot in the World, a walnut-laden carrot cake with a generous dollop of mascarpone-cream-cheese frosting; the Cheeky Monkey, a fresh cup-contained banana cake with caramel cream cheese frosting, candied pecans, and a caramel drizzle; and A Cupcake Named Mackenzie, named after one of Doreen’s twin daughters, combines dark chocolate cake and a creamy chocolate center with bittersweet ganache, jimmies, and a dream to someday become a star in a Hollywood stomach. A dozen cupcakes require a 24-hour advance notice, and mini-cupcakes require a 48-hour advance notice to be made.
Kupcakz received some excellent press, including a feature on Good Day Tulsa:
Although reviewers are mixed on price, customers appreciate the large assortment of flavors. Yelpers give Kupcakz a 3.5-star average rating, and Tulsa Food Blog gave it a positive review. > * Doreen told us that we would never be the same after eating the Lemon Drop cupcake and she was right, it was by far the best cupcake I have ever eaten in my life. – Tulsa Food Blog > * so far I’ve tried the “Morning Buzz, Pretty in Pink, Sooner than Later, Tropical Bliss” and i like them all – Kelly P., Yelp
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.