True confession

I have to be honest–I am not a huge fan of buttercream frosting.

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I thought I was, but then I realized I was fooling myself. It’s just too, you know, buttery. I really prefer cream cheese frosting. That said, I won’t turn away buttercream frosting. But the reason I am blathering on about buttercream frosting is because I got these cupcakes from Cupcake Jones, and all but the carrot cake cupcakes have buttercream frosting, and hence my epiphany. So Cupcake Jones is among the newest of the cupcake places here in Portland. I got a $20 coupon for $10 through this site, and for that $20 (okay, $19.50) I got 6 cupcakes. Yes, that is $3.50 per cupcake, which does seem a little spendy to me, but whatever, they are cupcakes, and I’ll pay for them (but actually I didn’t pay full price, did I?). The carrot cake one was pretty moist and tasty. The chocolate cake was on the dry side, as was the lemon cake (but it still tasted pretty lemony). They are good-sized cupcakes, and they have some filling, which is fun, but I wasn’t overwhelmed. That doesn’t mean I won’t go there again or would turn down one of their cupcakes if presented with one. Or two.

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15 Responses to True confession

  1. Emily says:

    I’m with you on buttercream frosting but I dont really like cream cheese frosting either. I like marshmellow frosting the best, though you can never find it in storebought baked goods because its hard to keep. And I like fudge frosting.
    mmmm, wish I had some frosting right now…

  2. Donna says:

    I like buttercream frosting, but carrot cake needs cream cheese frosting, it simply isn’t the same without it. I’d be rather disappointed in a carrot cake cupcake with buttercream frosting. I think. Actually, I would still eat it, but I’d be wishing it was cream cheese frosting.

  3. Sara says:

    Cream cheese frosting is the best. It’s not quite as sweet as buttercream. Those cupcakes would go nicely with a cup of coffee. Yum!

  4. Seanna Lea says:

    I make my buttercream frosting with a bit of cinnamon oil. I find that the frosting sort of tastes like buttery cinnamon toast. It would probably be too buttery for you, but it helps the flavor along if you are just on the line (it also helps it not taste quite as sweet).

  5. sara says:

    mmmmmm, i lov ethe idea of carrotcake cupcakes! why don’t we have palces liek this croppign up in the bay area???

  6. Raquel says:

    I *HEART* Cupcake Jones. Probably the best cupcakes in PDX outside of homemade IMHO. I never got Saint Cupcake. I’ve never bought the full size ones since I usually get one of each of the minis.

  7. vespabelle says:

    The one time we went to Cupcake Jones, my cupcake was stale tasting. That plus the abundance of frosting (on top and inside!) was too much for me.

  8. aimee noel says:

    I’m not overly fond of butter cream frosting either… it sounds so good, but it’s really just buttery. I’m with you on the cream cheese frosting.

  9. molly! says:

    I am craving cupcakes! Must find a good recipe and make some soon. As soon as I move! Maybe my new kitchen will be bigger. And for the record, I love buttercream AND cream cheese frosting.

  10. carolyn says:

    it’s too much butter AND not enough sugar. that’s what’s wrong with it! :)

  11. Rhonda says:

    Hi Mariko! This has nothing to do with cupcakes – or even buttercream – but I am putting a small package in the mail to you today (just a small thank you for your VERY entertaining blog…and for introducing me to tawashi MANY moons ago!) – we’re in Okinawa so it’s an FPO AP address – just wanted to give you a heads up so you’re not scared of an unsolicited package from someone you don’t know! I wrote a while back to confirm your address – you answered back – and then I promptly forgot to get this packaged up – arrrrgh! :o) Hugs and oh yeah – I’ll get in on the frosting thing – I am SO in love with Japanese pastries – they are SO spongy and soft and not so sweet – and frosting is a decoration – not a COVER-UP – yummy! Want some Japanese cookbooks? I’ve got the Dessert Collection – but of course they’re all in Japanese – it’s still loads of fun to look at the pictures – red beans and purple sweet potates are pretty common in the desserts – the kids and I had some red bean ice cream a while back – and we ALL love the ube ice cream, even my ice-cream-hating son (yes, he’s from another planet LOL!)

  12. Rhonda says:

    Hi Mariko! This has nothing to do with cupcakes – or even buttercream – but I am putting a small package in the mail to you today (just a small thank you for your VERY entertaining blog…and for introducing me to tawashi MANY moons ago!) – we’re in Okinawa so it’s an FPO AP address – just wanted to give you a heads up so you’re not scared of an unsolicited package from someone you don’t know! I wrote a while back to confirm your address – you answered back – and then I promptly forgot to get this packaged up – arrrrgh! :o) Hugs and oh yeah – I’ll get in on the frosting thing – I am SO in love with Japanese pastries – they are SO spongy and soft and not so sweet – and frosting is a decoration – not a COVER-UP – yummy! Want some Japanese cookbooks? I’ve got the Dessert Collection – but of course they’re all in Japanese – it’s still loads of fun to look at the pictures – red beans and purple sweet potates are pretty common in the desserts – the kids and I had some red bean ice cream a while back – and we ALL love the ube ice cream, even my ice-cream-hating son (yes, he’s from another planet LOL!)

  13. sue says:

    Hi Mariko
    Are you working a lot now? Just wondered ’cause you don’t post very often anymore….miss your posts!

  14. I concur. I’m not going to turn down buttercream frosting, but cream cheese is the shizzit. My all time favorite is powdered sugar/milk mixture. Maybe that’s shameful to admit, but damn- it’s good.

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