Food Porn: The Cupcake Orchard

There is currently a Cupcake revolution happening in the southtowns.  Ok, that might be an exaggeration but soon there will be two gourmet Cupcake shops; Swirls in East Aurora and The Cupcake Orchard in Orchard Park.  Swirls isn’t open for business yet but The Cupcake Orchard just had their grand opening on October 8th and just days later had a great Groupon deal, so Alli and I didn’t waste any time taking the trip to our hometown.

Located right in the village of Orchard Park (the Runner’s Roost plaza) the hours of the Cupcake Orchard aren’t the most convenient for anyone who lives in the city or north, but hopefully they’ll change over time.  They are open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm.  We jumped on the Groupon deal and since it was for a dozen cupcakes (for only $12, normally its $25) we were able to sample almost all of their flavors.

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It wasn’t until I saw the plans for a seasonal menu that I got really excited for the Cupcake Orchard.  Sure we’ve had Zillycake’s Cupcake bar for a couple years on Elmwood but what the Cupcake Orchard has planned is something really cool and different.  Every month they will have specific flavors that represent the season.  For example, in the fall they will have Caramel Apple, Summer time you’ll find S’More Cupcakes, during March they will offer Chocolate Mint and even Sweet Potato in November.  Personally I’m looking forward to February’s Chocolate Strawberry.  EDIT: See Zilly from Zillycakes comment below, they also have offered ‘seasonal’ cupcakes in the previous years.

Alli and I are lovers of all things Red Velvet, heck, it was half of our wedding cake.  So when we were picking our 12 different cupcakes we decided to use 3 of those spots for their version of Red Velvet (pictured top).  The vanilla cream cheese frosting was delicious and not overwhelmingly sweet and their Red Velvet cake was crumbly, moist and rich.  It was a good choice to get three.  Their Chocolate Maple (pictured bottom) I thought would be my favorite but while their chocolate cake was incredibly chocolaty and dense, there wasn’t a noticeable Maple taste whatsoever.  If the cream cheese frosting had more of a maple flavor I would have loved it.  Along with the Chocolate Maple we tried out the seasonal Pumpkin cupcake which had a nice pumpkin spice flavor (reminded me of nutmeg and brown sugar) and the same delicious cream cheese vanilla frosting.

We tried another seasonal offering, their Caramel Apple Cupcake (picture above) had a really strong apple cake and caramel frosting with some caramel drizzled on top.  Now this was one of my favorite cupcakes and I wish I could have paired it with some hot apple cider.  We were nervous their Sunshine Cupcake (pictured in gallery) would be too much lemon but it actually was just right, both the cake and the frosting had a noticeable lemon flavor but neither was too strong.  The lighter lemon cake was definitely less dense then their chocolate cake and crumbled a bit easier.  Their Chocolate Peanut Butter (pictured in gallery) had the same rich, dense chocolate cake but with an incredibly rich peanut butter frosting.  The frosting wasn’t as thick as normal peanut butter (it still had that light butter cream frosting texture) but sure tasted like you were eating it right out of the jar.  My brother Tom loved it but for Alli and myself it was just a little too strong.  And their standard Chocolate Vanilla and Vanilla Chocolate cupcakes didn’t disappoint.  Their frostings are sweet without being overwhelming and offer just the right amount of flavor.

Overall, we loved the cupcakes at The Cupcake Orchard and considering these aren’t really tiny cupcakes, for $2.25 a piece it’s not a bad deal.  For a while the city of Buffalo has been spoiled with places like Dolci, Five Points and Zillycakes, bakeries that offer locals gourmet treats.  I know the suburbs sometimes get a bad rap but seeing a creative idea like this being offered to a group of people who may never make the trip downtown is a good thing.  If you find yourself in the Orchard Park area, I definitely recommend you stop in and grab a cupcake or two.  We just hope they expand their hours so we can visit more often.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: The Cupcake Orchard

  1. Hey there Cupcake Orchard! Glad to have you in the mix! Competion is good for the marketplace! Hope all is going well.

    Thanks for the shout-out and the link, Buffalo Eats! Just one correction, though. Having new seasonal flavors of cupcakes each month is neither “new” or “different”. Zillycakes has been doing that for years. In fact, all the special flavors you posted about have already been on our menu!

    Zillycakes staff will be making a visit to The Cupcake Orchard soon so we can try their version of some of our Zillycakes favorites! Market research, after all, is one of my favorite
    parts of my job…

  2. Liz

    I purchased a groupon for the cupcake orchard and was excited to try out this business since a lot of friends are getting married and the holiday season is coming up making it a perfect time to find a unique dessert shop. When I finally got there and tried to order cupcakes they told me I couldn’t because I was paying with a groupon. They were,however, still taking orders from non-groupon customers. I thought this was really rude. They treated a first time customer as second rate just because I had a groupon. It’s basically the same thing as a gift certificate! Would they refuse to take an order from someone with a gift certificate? If anything, buy buying a groupon I have more of an investment in that business then someone with out because they got that money already.

    If the company was capable of taking the order, they should have. They should treat all customers equally regardless because they should value their customers. I’m so disappointed in this business. There are plenty other bakeries out there that value their customers and I will be taking my business there… I recommend that other do to.

  3. KM

    Extremely unprofessional business. I purchased a groupon, and followed the “rules” calling 24 hours in advance. The owner refused to fill my order. I asked if there would be cupcakes available to purchase if I came in the next day, and she replied, “yes, but I won’t give you the discount on them.” Ridiculous. She also got very rude and stated that she was unconcerned with the lack of professionalism. I’ve had these cupcakes before, and they are just ok. Groupon price good, but definitely not full price good. As others have said, not the moistest, and their looks are their main plus.

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