Lawrence, Kan has a special place in my heart. As home to my alma mater, the University of Kansas, I find happiness in returning for a weekend or day trip to relive my college days by hitting up ALL of my favorite places. Many changes and additions have happened over the last few years. Recently, one of my college friends informed me of a new place downtown… a cupcake shop! A cupcake shop in the middle of my favorite city? Um, yes!
The Pink Box Bakeshop is one of the many locally owned shops that line Massachusetts “Mass” Street in downtown Lawrence. Every shop lining the streets of downtown Lawrence has its own character that gives Lawrence that “special touch”.
First walking into the shop, I was in awe by all the beautiful décor and the vintage pink table serving as their counter. Since my visit was late in the day, there were only a few cupcake selections left. Luckily, they had a few pink vanilla cupcakes left in the case. Sticking true to my taste buds, I grabbed one quickly before they were all gone.
This was by far the worst cupcake I have ever tasted. It was dry, stale, and over-baked. It stuck to the cupcake liner and looked yellow. A vanilla cake looking yellow doesn’t really make sense to me.
This was one of the worst frostings I have ever tasted. It was hard and old. I could taste the pink dye and did not taste any vanilla or butter, which I was hoping to find.
I was pleased with the presentation of the cupcake. Sticking to their shop’s “pink” theme, the cupcake was topped with pink frosting and pink sugar circles. Looks were very deceiving though.
If I was a baker of the Pink Box Bakeshop, I would have been embarrassed to sell those cupcakes. There’s no way that the cupcake I ate was baked that day… or even the day before. It just tasted so old!
I will give them a few props for the décor of the shop. Black and white checkered tile, vintage table and chairs created a great ambiance. It had “your grandma’s kitchen” feel with a kick of style. However, they still need to do something with the storefront. It looks cheap. (You can’t see it well from my photo, but the “follow me on Facebook and twitter paper sign is up. Not so classy, if you ask me.)
Since being the big Jayhawk fan that I am, I couldn’t resist getting one of the gameday KU cookies. It was just too adorable! Sadly, once again, looks can be deceiving. All I could taste in the frosting was the thick dye used to make such bold colors. At least the sugar cookie didn’t taste a day old!
Overall, I was extremely disappointed in the Pink Box Bakeshop. This shop had so much potential, but is completely missing the mark. Perhaps as the store matures, the bake goods will get better. I can only hope…
If you want to try it on your own…
Pink Box Bakeshop
727 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 64044