Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Jonesing for it: Cupcake Jones, Portland

Eating cupcakes again.

I thought there would be more lag time between my last cupcake venture involving booze and now but when my breast feeding adventure gal pal/old college roommate, Astin, mentioned something about her husband bragging about the cupcakes he ate we stopped dead in our adventure plan tracks. To eat cupcakes. We are both fierce competitors (Astin rowed in college while I spiked volleyballs). We couldn't have Astin's hubby taunting us with his cupcake eating accolades, in particular his recent Cupcake Jones mobile upload he used to provoke his wife with. We would have none of it, so we rolled up our sleeves, baby en tote, and headed to the Pearl District's Cupcakes Jones with vengeance.

Cupcakes du jour

Cupcake Jones is an Oregonian family owned business. They don't use shortening, they recycle everything possible, they use all natural ingredients, make everything from scratch (including garnishes) and leftover cupcakes are even donated to a local service agency for the homeless. The menu changes monthly (harnessing the power of seasonal ingredients), with daily flavors featured.

Hello friends!

The Velvet Painting, an everyday staple,  was a must-try. Even though I don't eat cupcakes, I'm still fascinated by red velvet things in general (hence my red velvet duvet, curtains and former Hollywood apartment carpeting). This was a red velv like never before: red velvet cocoa cake filled with vanilla bean pastry cream, frosted with cream cheese icing adorned with candied rose petal. WOW! The cake itself was very moist, not too sweet and with the vegetable oil tasting hues I love so dearly. Although the vanilla bean pastry cream was nondescript, I'm sure it lent moisture to the cake while the cream cheese frosting completed the package with a lovely tang.

Pretty Petal
Enter red velv

The Mocha Almond Fudge (a Tuesday special), consisting of coffee velvet cake filled with almond pastry cream topped with fudge frosting and toasted almonds, was orgasmic in description but ultimately a little too sweet for our sporty spice taste buds. The cake was sweeter and drier than the red velvet - having more of a buttery flavor and crumbly texture, and the fudge frosting was just plain impressive on its own.

Look at that!

And last but not least, the Doggie Cupcakes. Yeah, people are weird, but there is no such thing as normal.

Ps. Babies don't care about cupcakes. It's only when they get older.

Cupcake Jones
307 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely cupcakes and so cheap! I'd love to bite into one of them...



Dewi said...

Another delicious review, thanks Anna. Baby look so cute !~

Diana said...

I can't help it. I love red velvet cupcakes too. The tangy cream cheese frosting, the slight cocoa flavor, the vegetable oil.... Whaaa? ;)

oddlyme said...

Darn! We were visiting portland and on a low blood sugar drop, we hit the ben & jerry's right by this place!

If only we had known...

Ivy said...

Just curious. Are all the cupcakes so cheap or just the doggie ones? I am sure they would be selling them around 2 Euros in Greece, if not more.
I could eat all of them.

Banana Wonder said...

Rosa- thanks! Those are actually the prices for the dog cupcakes. The human ones are $3.25

Elra- thanks yes it's the only baby that doesn't cry when i hold it.

Diana - yes! It's albout the veggie oil flava flav!

Oddlyme - next time!

Ivy- haha the human cakes are $3.25

Joyti said...

Red velvet seems so popular these days. And the Cupcake Jones' names (based on that sign) are so cute.

Helen said...

It all looks so delicious! I have a huge sweet tooth. I made the most scrumptious chocolate cupcakes the other day and took them into work. They were a hit and I have to thank Martha Stewart for the recipe :) Funny how the cupcake trend is still going strong even after all this time. My husband thinks it's just a fad that will eventually disappear. I think red velvet cupcakes are on the agenda for my next cupcake baking project.

stuffycheaks said...

i wonder whats in the doggie version, is it edible by humans? I like the size better - smaller than a regular cupcake, and cheaper too!

Banana Wonder said...

Indie - Hah, yeah, sometimes I wonder if the red velv phenom will ever die?

Helen - Nice! Care to share the recipe? I think the cupcake shops can't all survive but no matter what, kids will always like them!

Stuffycheaks - lol I think the dog ones look yummy too! I bet they are edible.

Helen said...

Anna, here is the link to the blog with the chocolate cupcake recipe:

I frosted the cupcakes with the chocolate ganache and added the shaved chocolate instead of the butter cream and they totally rocked. See first image on site for example.

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - Wowzers Helen! These look luscious. I will have to make these very soon! I love chocolate ganache - even better than butter cream. Another reason why we're related.

Anonymous said...

THANKS Anna, I am the owner of Cupcake Jones and truly appreciate your taking the time to write about us. GORGEOUS baby, too!
See you next time!
~Lisa Watson
Cupcake Jones

Banana Wonder said...

Lisa - Your cupcakes are fantastic! I can't wait to try some of your other fabulous flavors.

Anonymous said...

this is very good for you, ybg :)