My second stop on my Cupcake Tour de Vegas was Gigi’s Cupcakes. Since I apparently didn’t think I had enough walking adventures the day before, I decided that the two-mile walk to Gigi’s was worth the trip. So, I doubled-up my socks in attempt to cover up my blisters and managed to somehow squeeze into my tennis shoes (there was no way I was just wearing sandals after my crazy escape to Cupcake Café).
Again, this place didn’t look that far away on the map. Besides, walking two miles is nothing. However, walking two miles in another sketchy stretch in Vegas is not just “nothing”. But, I was bound and determined to make my way to Gigi’s, so nothing was standing in my way.
Gigi’s was a ray of sunshine on this tiny strip mall. Upon seeing the store, I nearly ran to the front door. I was so excited to finally get to visit an actual Gigi’s store! At first glance of the glass case, I was overwhelmed by the amount of frosting on each cupcake. Now, I’ve heard numerous reviews of how much frosting they put on their cupcakes, but I had no idea it was that much! I glanced through their menu and their cupcake offerings, but had a hard time deciding which one to get. Since I have already tried some of their vanilla options, I decided to get crazy and get their “Trick or Treat” cupcake. Chocolate cupcake with chocolate chips with a orange-colored vanilla buttercream on top.
There wasn’t any flavor to the frosting. It was very thick and piled high onto the cupcake. I swear the thing had a couple of pounds of frosting on top. I had to shave off a few layers of frosting to even find the cake. And, when I did that, the frosting just “plumped” over in a small gob. Seriously folks, this must have been three inches tall. Even though I am a HUGE fan of frosting, this one hardly had any taste.
The cake was much better than the frosting. However, I don’t have much experience with chocolate cake, so I couldn’t tell you anything based on its flavor. It did taste airy and light, and I enjoyed the chocolate chips mixed throughout the cake. It added a fun bit of crunchiness and helped break up the thickness of the frosting.
Gig’s gets an A+ on her presentation. Every cake looked so beautiful and well put together. One great thing was their uniformity. I believe that no matter when I go, what cake I get, or where I go, I’m going to get the same presentation quality as before.
Sadly, I was disappointed in my second Gigi’s experience. One thing I wonder is how Gigi franchises her stores and have them all the same. Does she send out guidelines and rules they must follow? Does she ship out pre-made frosting with direct orders on how to frost? I’d be really interested in know how she makes sure that every store is alike.
There might be two other reasons why I was disappointed. First of all, I had endured a long journey to reach the store. I didn’t have the time to fully enjoy them because I knew that I had a grueling two-mile walk back to my hotel. I was almost to the point “eat and let’s move on”. Secondly, my first experience of Gigi’s was when my gracious friends packed a box to bring me to Philly this summer. Those were some well-traveled cupcakes that survived the fourteen hour drive! Also, my friends had run into the “Gigi” of Gigi’s Cupcakes and she signed my box. That was such an unexpected surprise! So, perhaps my current situation just couldn’t top my previous experience.
This probably means that I will need to give Gigi’s one more try. Third time’s the charm, right? I think that my next visit must be to her original store to get the full experience!
As for you folks out there, if you happen to have a Gigi’s close by, jump in the car and make a visit. Your eyes will be amazed. As for your taste buds—I’ll let you be the judge.
To find a location near you: www.gigiscupcakesusa.com/findagigis
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