4145 Erie Street
Ambiance: 4.5 scoops of icing. Baby Cakes has some super cute whimsy, which every good cupcake shop should strive to achieve. There were cute little awnings above the tables and plenty of seating. Annie and I discussed that it would be a cute place for a party. Downfalls include that the cupcakes were not well labeled and it seemed a little cluttered at the counter. I would have liked a little more organization.
Customer Service: 5 scoops. The woman who helped us was very nice. She was super helpful (which was good since not all cupcakes were labeled--we almost missed out on a lemon cupcake!!). Also, she was decorating cupcakes, serving hungry cupcake critique-ers, and caring for 2 small children that were in a crib...crazy. (is that why its called baby cakes?)
Flavor Variety: 3 scoops. There were quite a few to choose from, but all the cupcakes seemed to be chocolate or vanilla varieties. I had a chocolate with coconut and Annie had a lemon. One fun bonus was that some had filling in the middle. We would have enjoyed a few more daring flavors.
Cupcake Size: 3 scoops. They had the basic size. We are still in search of the elusive cupcake store that serves jumbo, regular, and mini. Nothing super special to report here...
Quality of Cupcake: 3 scoops. Annie was not pleased with the icing. It was very creamy and we all know (or at least I do...) that Annie enjoys the harder/denser cupcake frosting. The cake part of the cupcakes was pretty soft as well. It was more like cake than a cupcake. Good, but not as dense as a lot of cupcakes.
Overall Impression: 4.4 scoops. Baby Cakes was a new cupcake store for Annie so it was a fun adventure for both of us. We never turn down a cupcake, so it was a good time, however we wish the quality of the cupcakes was just a tad higher. But they definitely have the whimsy of what "magical cupcakes" means locked in. Well done.