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Cups and Cakes Bakery, San Francisco

Photo credit: Megan Gordon

Cups and Cakes Bakery is located at 451 9th Street in San Francisco.  Rachel and I discovered this place from Sara Lidstrom on Twitter.  I forget who first followed who but Sara responded to one of my tweets back on New Years about dining at Bacar telling me that she used to be the pastry chef there.  One rainy weekend a while back, Rachel and I were looking for something to do and after sending a tweet looking for suggestions Sara responded suggesting that we come down to the Cups and Cakes Bakery where she works to try some cupcakes.  I think this is where all the marketers out there take note of the word-of-mouth marketing capabilities of Twitter.  Well, we did indeed head down to Cups and Cakes Bakery on Sara's suggestion and I'm glad we did.  

Now you're not going to find a whole lot going on around the 400 block of 9th Street (SOMA) but two things are certain - you're sure to find a parking spot and some great tasting cupcakes!  We tried the lemon drop (sweet lemon cake, tart lemon curd filling and lemon buttercream frosting) and it did not disappoint - lots of lemon, very moist cake.  We ordered a killer carrot (nut-free carrot cake, cream cheese frosting and candied carrots on top) and it was tasty and different - no nuts in your carrot cake? - sure why not.  The meghan's margarita sounded adventurous so we gave it a shot, it was made with lime cake, margarita buttercream (with tequila) and sprinkles.  I couldn't really taste the tequila but that's probably a good thing.  This one may have been a little too 'out of the box' for me - it was good but kind of a strange taste I've never had before.

We tried a chocolate cupcake because it's almost a requirement when eating cupcakes and also quality indicator of sorts.  We ordered the fauxstress which was chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream filling, ganache dipped with a white swirly frosted top.  I remember this one being really good.  The ganache was a good call - I'll probably be ordering this again on my next trip back.  

The highlight was the creme de la creme with brown butter frosting and caramel filling.  This is one you just need to try - hard to explain.  You can check out Cups and Cakes' web site here, where you will find a whole slew of interesting flavors including the pancake breakfast with maple bacon cake, maple buttercream and small bits of bacon on top.  Who doesn't like bacon, right?

If you get a chance, check out the blog post from Megan Gordon (Bay Area food blogger) on Bay Area Bites where she details the pancake breakfast cupcake.  Also, check out the interesting story behind the owner Jennifer and how she started this business.

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