Food Porn: Swirls Cupcakery

Our cupcake consumption has really increased in the last two months.  With the opening of 3 new cupcake boutiques (two in the southtowns!) we’ve really stepped up our cupcake game.  Alli and I have wanted to visit Swirls Cupcakery for a long time now but because of work we couldn’t make it down during the week (they are only open until 5 on weekdays and 8 on Fridays and Saturdays) and our weekends have been really busy.  But last weekend we made a point to schedule a drive and finally sample their cupcakes.

We’ve been following the progress of their shop and getting hungry looking at all of their flavors on facebook, even having an online conversation with chef/baker Michael Wulf (btw, he’s 18!).  Their shop is hidden away behind Taste and requires a short walk down the brightly painted alleyway (pictured below).  You can definitely take their cupcakes to go, but they also have some drinks and tables available if you’d like to sit there and eat your treats on the spot.

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When we walked into the shop we were greeted by a very friendly woman behind the counter who was very eager to show off all the flavors that were being offered that day.  We decided to order half a dozen to get a nice sample of what Swirls had to offer.  That day they did have some vegan/gluten free cupcakes but that’s not a problem for Alli or myself so we went with their regular offerings.  Here is what we thought about 5 different flavors we walked away with that day..

When we first tried their cupcakes we immediately noticed that the frosting was much thicker then what we’ve tried at The Cupcake Orchard or Fairycakes.  While Alli prefers a lighter, fluffier frosting, I am a fan of the heavier texture.  Additionally, the frosting wasn’t towering too high above the cupcakes which made them actually easier to eat then some of the cupcakes we’ve had prior that has a foot of frosting on top.  The Salty Caramel (pictured above) had a nice vanilla frosting with a caramel sauce on top with enough salt to wake up your tongue.  The cake had a nice caramel flavor with a little extra sweetness from something that I couldn’t exactly pinpoint.  All of the cakes were pretty dense but managed to still remain moist. One of the cupcakes we didn’t get a chance to eat until the next day and while the outside was slightly dry the inside still managed to maintain it’s moisture.  The Honey Banana (pictured in gallery) reminded me of a sweet banana bread with hints of brown sugar (I think) and honey.

The Red Velvet (pictured above, top) was our biggest test; Alli, being the Red Velvet fanatic that she is, was very interested in seeing how they stood up to the Cupcake Orchard’s outstanding version.  The cake ended up being very good; it had that great texture that coated our mouths (something we love about a good red velvet/chocolate cake).  Alli and I had differing opinions on the frosting, I couldn’t detect any real cream cheese flavor while she thought she did.  We will have to get more before we make a final judgement.

The Chocolate with Vanilla (pictured in gallery) cupcake was a chcocolate cake with vanilla frosting and some caramel and chocolate drizzle on top.  According to their facebook page, Swirls goes out of their way to use the best vanilla extract and cocoa powder from across the world.  The Chocolate Peanut Butter (pictured above, bottom) was probably my favorite cupcake, the wonderful combination of rich chocolate cake topped with their really thick creamy peanut butter frosting really hit the spot.  Next time we visit that is the one flavor I will be going out of my way to try again.

We were pretty happy overall, while Alli had some issues with the thickness of the frosting we both couldn’t deny the overall flavor and quality of the cupcakes was good.  They have a good variety of flavors and offer new and sometimes unique flavors often (check their facebook page for daily updates).  As said earlier, they also sometimes offer gluten free and vegan cupcakes.

It’s been great to see Swirls reach out to other local foodies and use social media.  Micheal was recently on Winging It, Buffalo Style on CW23 and demonstrated his baking skills.  I have heard stories of lines outside the door of Swirls and they regularly sell out before the day is over.  For a period of time you could find several flavors of their cupcakes aboard The Roaming Buffalo and they’ve also teamed with Lake Effect Ice Cream to have their products sold side by side at their respective stores.  It’s hard not to love that stretch of Main Street in East Aurora but adding a really good cupcake shop makes me want to drive down there even more now.

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