When I was walking around the Old Port last weekend I started craving something sweet. I wasn’t really in the mood for my usual ice cream fix, so I racked my brain to think of something I hadn’t tried yet. Then it hit me! I was at an event for Dress for Success and Mainely Mara said that East End Cupcakes on Fore Street are to die for. I decided to see how my taste buds felt about them.
I walked into this unassuming shop by Condom Sense around noon. There was no one in the shop besides the lady behind the counter. She greeted me very warmly. I looked at the assortment, which I felt was slightly lacking and started asking about additional offerings, which is how I found out they make Red Velvet and I was DYING to try it (it was not out on the counter and there were no signs advertising all the different combinations they carry=frustrating). I decided to go for one Red Velvet and a Chocolate one with Salted Caramel icing.
She packed up my selections to go so Mark and I could savor these puppies at home. I must say, the Salted Caramel icing was extremely light and fluffy, but it hardly had a caramel flavor at all. It almost tasted like salted vanilla icing to me. The chocolate cupcake was a bit dry too—needless to say I was disappointed. The Red Velvet was better, but not by much. The cream cheese icing was good, but almost seemed like it was just a runnier version of Duncan Hines, and again, the cupcake was too dry. Call me crazy, but I like my cupcakes moist!
Overall, for $2.25 a cupcake, it didn’t stand out to me. Mara must have had something I didn’t try yet, because I know that lady knows her stuff in and around Portland, so for that fact alone, I will return at a later date.
*Sigh* Until then, I’ll be trying somewhere else for my cupcake fix.