Food Porn: Fairy Cakes Cupcakery

With three new cupcake boutiques opening this Fall, I  plan on eating a lot of sweets before the end of the year.  Alli and I have already visited The Cupcake Orchard and we’re planning on stopping by Swirls (in East Aurora) in the near future, but it was North Buffalo’s Fairy Cakes Cupcakery that we visited last weekend.  Just a year ago, Parkside was basically known for being the street you’d drive down to get to the Buffalo Zoo.  But now with the additions of Sweet_ness 7, Fairy Cakes and Wil’s BBQ; the area is starting to gain a new identity.

I had originally heard about Fairy Cakes back in May with a Buffalo News article, but had feared for the worse when I would drive down Parkside and I didn’t see any progress on the shop.  But just recently I realized that Fairy Cakes had indeed opened up thanks to a Groupon that was offered last week (and ultimately sold out).  So I made out the short drive over to Parkside on Saturday morning and decided to sample a couple of their cupcakes, here’s how it went..

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Sweet Shop, Cafe
  • Location: Parkside
  • Cuisine: Bakery/Sweets
  • Prices: Cupcakes $3-4/each

You will have to keep a keep an eye out for Fairy Cakes while driving down Parkside, the outside is a simple white building with a small black awning.  But as soon as you walk into the shop you’ll realize there have been some serious renovations going on.  Fairy Cakes has a pretty large selection of cupcakes (about 10) but you can also order a cup of coffee and enjoy their seating area.  The second thing I noticed when I walked in was the amazing smell that was coming from the back room; the entire building smelled like chocolate.

The cupcakes are displayed on cute cake plates with glass domes, giving the shop that extra “boutique” feeling.  The cupcakes themselves range in the 3 to 4 dollar range per cupcake, slightly more expensive then what we had at the Cupcake Orchard but these cupcakes are a bit larger.  I decided to order three of their flavors; the Devil’s Food Cake with Nutella frosting, Red Velvet with Cream Cheese frosting and a Mint Oreo Dip Cupcake.

The Mint Oreo Dip was pretty unique, on top of this dense chocolate cupcake was a large mound of cookie and cream frosting that was then covered in a shell of mint chocolate.  Part of me felt like I was eating an ice cream cone, this was incredibly hard to just pick up and eat.  I had to eventually put it on a plate and eat it with a fork because it was just getting too messy.  The only problem was the cake was pretty dry and this was true for the other two cupcakes as well.  We didn’t wait too long to eat any of the cupcakes either, the Mint Oreo was eaten within 30 minutes of purchasing and the other two were eaten later in the day.

The Red Velvet cake was more moist then both of the Devil’s Food cupcakes, but was still pretty dry compared to other cupcakes we’ve had.  The frosting was very sweet, which I loved but Alli wasn’t as much of a fan.  The Nutella butter-cream frosting on the devil food cupcakes had a great texture but I would have liked a stronger Nutella flavor.

Overall, while Fairy Cake’s cupcakes weren’t horrible, they didn’t really impress me and I was disappointed with the dryness of the actual cake.  They aren’t exactly cheap and I don’t think I’d go out of my way to buy a bunch like I would at the Cupcake Orchard or Zillycakes.  That said, they had some other interesting flavors that I would like to try before making a final verdict.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Fairy Cakes Cupcakery

  1. I looked at the menu on their (archaic-looking) website, and am really intrigued by the Buffalo Wing flavored cupcake and Loganberry frosting. If they go along with the experiences you had, the dry-ish hot sauce flavored cake and cloyingly sweet Loganberry frosting might be really awful; I’d still like to try them nonetheless.

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