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Smallcakes

October 26, 2016 , In: Tasty , With: No Comments
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Even with over 100 locations, Smallcakes is a cupcakery franchise chain that you might not have heard of yet.  However, if you watch Food Network, you may have seen them on Seasons One, Two, or Seven of Cupcake Wars, or perhaps you saw them on The View or in USA Today.  They span 20 states currently and have recently moved into the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.  There are quite a few locations scattered across Florida, with several local.

The shop is neat, clean, and full of cupcakery décor, with pinks, woods, and even a cupcake print on the seats.  Small displays tastefully arranged on the counters and under glass showed off the cupcakes and cookies, which, while I didn’t try any, did look appetizing.  There was little doubt, though, that the cupcakes were the bell of the ball, so to speak.

I went with a chocolate cream cupcake.  It was a light, fluffy chocolate cupcake that had the airiness of aimg_2735 true cake in miniature, with a solid chocolate flavor and a soft texture that made it pleasant nibble on.  They didn’t cut corners on the icing!  The top was swirled over with a thick helping of sugary greatness.  It was smooth, sweet, and yummy!  My chocolate meshed with the white cream, making a rich, seamless flavor that stayed on the tongue long after the cupcake was devoured.  Which it was.  Quickly.

Laura’s likewise started with the same chocolate cupcake base, but her dollop of icing was salted caramel.  img_2733While my cupcake was no slouch, we both preferred Laura’s, the caramel’s luscious delicateness counterbalanced by the salt.  It’s a classic combo that works eminently well in cupcake form.  And caramel and chocolate?  Another wonderful pairing that brought out the decadence of the chocolate.  The pretzel topper added a bit of crunch and a smidge more salt, which was very welcome.  (And I thought my cupcake was eaten fast!  It was like watching a magic act: ‘POOF’, the cupcake has disappeared!)

Smallcakes is a successful chain for a reason.  They’ve been able to create a fun store, carry over the recipes from their founders, and still retain that cozy, mom and pop feeling and welcome.  The cupcakes are the star attraction, but I’d be willing to bet those cookies are just as good.  Maybe next time…

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Smallcakes

3705 Tampa Rd #4

Oldsmar, FL 34677

 

Smallcakes

14398 N Dale Mabry Hwy #104

Tampa, FL 33618

Matt Burns
Matthew is a Massachusetts native who has lived most of his life in Florida. He has travelled extensively throughout the U.S., eating every step of the way, and has gone abroad, sampling international food at its source, including Belgian waffles in Belgium, Zapiekanka (Polish pizza on French bread) and homemade pierogis in Poland, and conch fritters and guava duff in the Bahamas. He undertook a cooking class with the executive chef of a resort in Cozumel, Mexico making tortillas from scratch by hand, creating a rice and raisin dish, and practicing plating and decoration, has taken two chocolate making classes in Port Richey, FL at Chocolates By Michelle (he highly recommends this to anyone who likes sweets, and especially to couples for a fun date,) and attended one chocolate making class in Belgium making those world famous Belgian chocolates. He has been a part of GTE Financial for over 5 years and is currently working Onscreen with GTE’s incredibly successful new Interactive Teller Machines.

Matthew moved to Tampa in 1995 and began exploring its culinary hot spots. Along with his wife, Laura, he has eaten his way through a large portion of the greater Tampa Bay area, emptying plates in both popular venues and those hard to find, under the radar locales. These two are avid fans of Food Network and the Travel Channel and combine the knowledge they gain from those programs with their personal experiences to bring you a few must try delights. Look for their weekly food blog on Wednesdays for a tip on a new spot to try for the weekend or a reminder of a place you may want to visit again.
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Matt Burns
Matthew is a Massachusetts native who has lived most of his life in Florida. He has travelled extensively throughout the U.S., eating every step of the way, and has gone abroad, sampling international food at its source, including Belgian waffles in Belgium, Zapiekanka (Polish pizza on French bread) and homemade pierogis in Poland, and conch fritters and guava duff in the Bahamas. He undertook a cooking class with the executive chef of a resort in Cozumel, Mexico making tortillas from scratch by hand, creating a rice and raisin dish, and practicing plating and decoration, has taken two chocolate making classes in Port Richey, FL at Chocolates By Michelle (he highly recommends this to anyone who likes sweets, and especially to couples for a fun date,) and attended one chocolate making class in Belgium making those world famous Belgian chocolates. He has been a part of GTE Financial for over 5 years and is currently working Onscreen with GTE’s incredibly successful new Interactive Teller Machines.

Matthew moved to Tampa in 1995 and began exploring its culinary hot spots. Along with his wife, Laura, he has eaten his way through a large portion of the greater Tampa Bay area, emptying plates in both popular venues and those hard to find, under the radar locales. These two are avid fans of Food Network and the Travel Channel and combine the knowledge they gain from those programs with their personal experiences to bring you a few must try delights. Look for their weekly food blog on Wednesdays for a tip on a new spot to try for the weekend or a reminder of a place you may want to visit again.