Food Porn: Firefly Cupcakes

For the fourth time in the last 5 months I am talking about a new cupcake bakery that has opened up in Western New York.  It’s one of two cupcake bakeries to have opened in East Aurora (so far there’s three in the Southtowns).  Luckily both Alli and I love our sweets, if you didn’t realize that from our 1500 word Part 2 of our NYC Eats post, and we were happy to make the trip to EA to order some more cupcakes.

Quick Info:

Firefly Cupcakes opened in East Aurora in Spring 2010, but didn’t really come on our radar until the recent cupcake “boom” occurred.  While Swirl’s location is a small cozy “cupcake boutique” that’s almost hidden down an alleyway, Firefly Cupcakes is quite different with a giant awning on Main Street and ample indoor and outdoor seating.  Since we had just had another great lunch at the Elm St. Bakery (also in EA) we ordered a few cupcakes to go and eat later.  Firefly Cupcakes has a large display case featuring about a dozen varieties of fresh cupcakes.  Their cupcakes are a bit larger than the standard size (somewhere in between the regular size cupcakes of the Cupcake Orchard and the larger “fairly cakes” that Delish offers).  While they have the “standard” cupcake flavors (Red Velvet) some of them have unique names (‘Nilla Birthday Cake-a vanilla cake with fluffy white frosting and sprinkles).  They also offer many unique flavors (creamsicle, apple pie, banana cream pie, etc); keep an eye on their facebook/twitter accounts to see what they are offering from week to week.

Alli and I each selected two flavors.  She went with the Red Velvet (pictured below) and a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting (gallery; we are unsure of the exact name).  And I decided on the ‘Nilla Birthay Cake (pictured below) and Peanut Butter Bender (gallery).  Alli and I were most impressed with the cake itself.  Sometimes “larger” cupcakes tend to be slightly more dense and dry.  Our Firefly Cupcakes were actually very moist and had a great fluffy texture.  The frosting on our particular cupcakes was thick and very very sweet.  Alli prefers a lighter frosting and I thought it was a little sweet for my taste.  It wasn’t “bad” frosting by any accounts, and if you like thicker, sweeter butter-cream frosting, you will definitely enjoy it.

The peanut butter cupcake had very intense peanut butter flavor.  The frosting tasted like it was straight out of the peanut butter jar with a huge jolt of sugar.  There was also some coconut flakes surrounding the frosting but I didn’t get much of a flavor from that.  I really enjoyed the ‘Nilla Birthday Cake which was absolutely covered in sprinkles.  I love sprinkles on my ice cream and I thought the crunch of them on a cupcake was a really nice touch.  Alli’s Red Velvet again had a great “cake” but Alli was just a little disappointed in the frosting, which was thick and lacking in a strong cream cheese flavor.  Again, she prefers lighter frosting and a really strong cream cheese flavor on her red velvet cakes and cupcakes; that’s just her personal preference.

The service at the counter was very friendly and fast.  They had a menu board up that we quickly glanced at that listed a few items (including fondue) that were not yet available but peaked our interest to make a second trip back when it gets warmer.  If you are on the cupcake bandwagon and want to make a trip to East Aurora (and why wouldn’t you, its a great town), Firefly Cupcakes is worth a visit.  They also do a lot of custom orders that involve impressive “edible artwork.”

Photo Gallery:

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