Friday, December 4, 2009
2221 Peachtree Rd. Ste. B, Atlanta www.camicakes.com
First off - sorry for the delay in posting. I'm afraid I was dwelling in post-Thanksgiving bloat, munching on leftovers and generally not acquiring information about which to blog.
A few days ago I stopped in to CamiCakes, a gourmet cupcake place in a nondescript shopping center on Peachtree.
I brought back three different varieties: the mint chocolate chip, the red velvet and the Elvis. My co-worker Erin loved the mint chocolate chip, which is topped with mint chocolate chips. She claims that the mint icing wasn't over-the-top sweet, a good think in her opinion. I ate the red velvet, which was naturally topped with cream cheese icing. I thought the icing was slightly overkill, masking the nice cake flavor that is distinctive to red velvet. I really liked the addition of the small bits of lightly toasted pecans.
Kyle tried the Elvis, which is a chocolate cake with peanut butter and banana frosting. Kyle was probably the wrong person to critique the Elvis, as he isn't a huge fan of peanut butter and banana. He liked the cake but felt the combination of icings tasted a little odd.
The best quality of CamiCakes cupcakes is their texture. The cake itself is extremely moist and tasty. I think the cupcakes are probably as good as those served at Chocolate Pink on Juniper, and they're $.50 cheaper than Chocolate Pink's at $2.50 each or $28/dozen. However, CamiCakes' store doesn't have the charm and appeal of the Chocolate Pink Cafe. If you're getting cupcakes to go, choose CamiCakes. If you want to sit for half an hour, slowly nibbling your cupcake and sipping Illy coffee while listening to soft French music, choose Chocolate Pink.
Other flavors include pineapple toasted coconut, lemon drop, carrot and Cinaswirl among others. Each cake is prettily decorated and served with a smile at CamiCakes, which also has a couple of locations in Florida.
CamiCakes is an African-American woman-owned business.
Verdict: A cute little sweet treat.