Like any young grad out of college, I had big plans. I was going to take the summer off—travel, lay by the pool, hang out with friends, relax, and do whatever my heart desired. Then, in August I was going to move to Kansas City and find a job. Simple, right?
Well, I did check off many things off my to-do list, except one thing… find a job. When August rolled around and I was moving my belongings to my new apartment in the city, I stumbled across an interesting job:
Wanted: A morning assistant for a cupcake bakery
My eyes glistened, my heart smiled. What an amazing job that would be! Granted, the pay wasn’t great (would need to find a second job) and the hours were a bit difficult (early morning hours). But still, I could work in a bakery… with cupcakes!
To make a long story short, I ended up not getting the job or even applying. I was offered a more “big girl” job before I even hit SEND on my application.
“Why all the history?” you ask. It leads me up to my next review. The place I “seriously considered trying to work for” was BabyCakes and is the next one in the hot seat!
BabyCakes is located in the River Market, just north of downtown Kansas City. The River Market is the city’s oldest neighborhood and is home to many shops and restaurants, and hosts the city’s (and I believe, country’s) best farmer’s market.
For today’s sweet taste test, I chose the vanilla buttercream and vanilla cupcake.
Very dense and heavy.
Creamy, but VERY buttery! It was almost as if I grabbed a stick of butter, drenched it in vanilla and flavorings, and whipped it up for a bit. For this reason, I’m sure they’re using the real stuff! The sugar sprinkles on top ruined the frosting. Frosting is meant for savoring, but with little crunchy things, it was hard to enjoy.
The little cake looked like a ray of sunshine. The frosting looked so cute sitting on top the cupcake. Looking in the glass case was like looking at a litter of little puppies. Each one looked adorable, had their own personality, and was just hoping to go home with you.
I thought their storefront was great. They had a sign with a cupcake drawn and an arrow pointing to their door. How clever! Inside, they had great merchandise too. Books, candles, cupcake stands —just about anything a cupcake fan would swoon over.
Customer service was superb. Immediately when I walked in, Paul who works there and knows one of the owners really well, started chatting up a storm. What was supposed to be a couple-minute “in and out” thing, turned into a ten minute conversation and left I smile on my face! It’s sad to report that in today’s world customer service is something that is put on the back-burner, when in all reality, it should be number one. Very impressive, BabyCakes!
Although, I loved the store and the people, I wasn’t sold on the cupcakes. Were they good? Yes. Would I eat them again? Perhaps. Are they my favorite? No. Also, I felt that the price was a little too much for the size of the cupcake ($2.25 plus tax for a regular size. Jumbo and mini’s are also available).
If you happen to be down in the historic River Market, swing on by. You’ll be greeted by many smiling faces—both from the cupcakes and BabyCakes staff!
108 E. Missouri Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64106
For more information about the River Market, visit http://kansascityrivermarket.com/