One of my favorite things to do in Kansas City is visit the farmer’s market in City Market on Saturday mornings. The parking lot fills up with local farmers and venders, and crowds of people arrive to get some of the very best produce and products the Kansas City area has to offer. Along the perimeter of the market is several restaurants, markets, and shops. One of the newest additions to City Market is a bakery, Bloom Baking Co.
Bloom makes daily breads, pastries, cookies, tarts, cakes and, most importantly, cupcakes. On the weekends during the farmer’s market, they set a table out front and give samples of their treats. Of course, before walking in I had to taste their offerings. Yum… their bread and danishes were “melt in your mouth” good. If these are that good, I can only wonder what their cupcake will taste like!
Walking in, I am met with a colorful display case of treats just begging to be eaten and a smiling face behind the counter. I order a vanilla bean cupcake. As she asked if I needed anything else, I glance over and see another cupcake plate sitting by itself. “Maple Bacon Cupcakes”, she tells me. My mouth drops open… “I’ve been searching for a place in KC to get maple bacon cupcakes! Might as well throw one of those in the box too.”
Leaving the store with not just one, but two cupcakes, I’m eager to get home and try my new discoveries!
The cake had a strong vanilla bean flavor. Little specs of real vanilla bean spotted the cake. The cake had a true “made from scratch” taste. The best way for me to describe the “made from scratch taste” is reference corn bread. I know, it sounds silly. But the two use similar ingredients. Obviously, cake doesn’t include cornmeal, but the other combination of ingredients gives it a similar taste. That’s how I know it’s a truly homemade cake.
The frosting was way too sugary. I don’t believe any butter was used in this frosting. It was pure sugar, and I definitely tasted the confectioner’s sugar.
Bloom uses little paper cups as their cupcake liners. Unique and creative! Each cupcake looks like a little plotted plant.
Even though I thought their cake was delicious and the overall presentation was charming, the frosting was a turn-off. The sugar in the frosting was too overwhelming for my taste. However, I will say, I did love the maple bacon cupcake! The frosting used on that cupcake was different and balanced well with the cake. I would suggest sticking with their homemade breads or one of their selections of pastries.
I do recommend everyone visiting the farmer’s market. It’s the best you’ll find in Kansas City! It’s open year-round, so you’re guaranteed to find the freshest produce all grown from local farmers!
Bloom Baking Co
15 East 3rd
Kansas City, MO, 64106
November – February
Saturday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 3:00pm
March – October
Saturday: 6:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 3:00pm