Today, spurred on by Jolene's coverage in the Indianapolis Star and a need for bright sweetness in this gray weather, I decided to head over and see what the Flying Cupcake could offer me. What did they offer? Plenty! In addition to a lovely interior sprinkled with pink, teal, and seafoam vintage pieces and excellent counter service, the range of cupcakes was impressive and exciting.
Most of the other cupcake patrons were schoolchildren, dropping in to pick up a quick little treat. My possibly-too-sweet-for-me fears bubbled, but I braved on, sure that a good fit was available for me. I looked up at the chalkboard menu and down at the cupcakes, trying to figure out which selections would have the best balance of flavor to sugar. I happily found several interesting choices. Not being one for bakery shyness, I took home one each of red velvet, "what's up doc" (carrot), black forest, messy Mississippi mud pie, and chocolate-peanut butter.
Is it wrong to bring home five cupcakes when one's husband has just been to the dentist? What if his mouth is still numb? Well, I didn't think so. And neither did my guy.
We only sampled three cupcakes tonight. (Perhaps "only" is the wrong word when two people share three generously-size cupcakes.) Underneath orange sprinkles and a tangy cream cheese frosting, the "what's up doc?" cupcake was packed with carrot, coconut, and plump raisins. The black forest cupcake was yummy but had excessive buttercream for me, though Ben didn't seem to mind. The cherry on top and the cherry goo in the middle were a great counterpoint to the rich chocolate cake.
oh, heavenly chocolate peanut butter, gone too soon
The best of the three, without smidgen of doubt, was the chocolate peanut butter. The cake was perhaps a little too light - it got a bit smooshy when we tried to divide it in half. Never mind that, though, because the peanut butter frosting was amazing. The super-rich but still light frosting isn't something I'd cover a cake with, but it paired beautifully with the strong chocolate flavor of the cake. I happily scraped and devoured the tiny bit peanut butter frosting that was smeared on the side of the pastry box.
As good as the cupcakes were, next time I stop by the Flying Cupcake Bakery, I'll head straight to the lovely orange truffles. Truffles and another chocolate peanut butter cupcake.