Friday, July 8, 2011

Frugal Floozie Friday -- The Cupcake Station

It's Frugal Floozie Friday again, and this is Part 2 of my adventures with my BFF Wendy and her daughter Alison. Last week's episode featured a lovely dinner at Jerusalem Garden; this week, we'll continue our saga with dessert at The Cupcake Station.

Our original intent had been to take advantage of the Friday special: 25-cent frosting shots. For just $1, the three of us could get quite a good sugar rush going! We were giddy -- and likely quite annoying, for which I'll publicly apologize -- as we happily bounced like pinballs from one end of the counter to the other trying to pick our flavors. By the time we were done, we had confused the situation sufficiently that we found ourselves with 5 shots rather than 4 ... oh, woe is me!

But our plan didn't last very long, because who could resist cupcakes when they look so pretty, so inviting, so seductive???

And then, as we waited for the rest of our order to be ready, Alison decided that a chocolate-nut-oat bar also looked enticing ... so we added it to the pile: 3 cupcakes, 1 dessert bar, and 5 frosting shots. This is what the scene looked like before we delved in, in the midst of dividing the portions:

Now, first of all, I have to say that I can't even remember the last time I ingested this much sugar! And this isn't the sort of activity to engage in on a regular basis, but it was a lot of fun for a girls' night out. And yes, between the three of us, we polished off virtually everything except for the last crumbs and the last schmears of frosting. To quote a good friend: "Urf."

But I digress ... this is Frugal Floozie Friday, and I need to tell you about the frosting shots! These are a tremendous value - well within the mandatory budget of $5 or less per person - and the portions are very generous. And it's just fun to eat frosting; cake is really just a vehicle for the sugar fix, after all.

Customers can choose any flavor from the entire repertoire which, of course, really makes things much more difficult - it causes brain paralysis! But here's what we finally settled on (left to right, top to bottom ... arranged, as Alison pointed out, "like the Olympics, but better!"):

- Chocolate
- Peanut Butter
- Cherry
- Vanilla Latte
- Marshmallow

I could happily have eaten an entire cake's worth of the Vanilla Latte frosting, as it was smoother than butter and tasted very much like coffee ice cream - subtle flavoring, rather than strong and insistent. The chocolate was very rich, with a hint of the intensity of dark chocolate. The marshmallow frosting was very light, and was good despite being more reminiscent of vanilla than of Fluff.

The peanut butter flavoring wasn't overpowering, either; in fact, in the chaos of our table we lost track of which flavors we were trying among the tan/white varieties, and kept wondering why the vanilla frosting had a hint of nut flavoring ... and then we realized it was the cream-colored peanut butter one. It, too was quite good - it would be perfect with a chocolate cupcake. The only flavor that had leftovers was the cherry, which was a gorgeous color and intensely flavored, but simply couldn't compete with my favorites.

With cupcakes costing only $2.75 and even jumbo cupcakes costing $5, The Cupcake Station clearly offers a multitude of Frugal Floozie Friday options even if you expand beyond the frosting shots.

The only thing missing from our feast was a cold glass of milk ... :)

The Cupcake Station
116 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Candace said...

And Candace.....I'm pretty sure she was missing too. Frosting shots? Seriously???! That's my favorite part!! Have a wonderful weekend, Candace

Jenn said...

How fun!! Mmmmmmm... sugar rush!!!!

Anonymous said...

Urf, indeed. But I can't think of a better way to have fun than to have sample frosting, AND eat cupcakes. I might have collapsed on my sofa 30 minutes later but with no regrets. The first cupcake looks awesome! You're lucky to have these friends to indulge with :)

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Frosting shots??? I'm in love! What a fun fun fun girls night out :)

Desi said...

Happy Friday! I wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Cupcake Station! Boy that title caught my eye, especially since this is Friday. There's something about Friday - like a FREE day - the day for cupcakes, Mike'n'Ike,Ritter Sport, etc. And I'm with 'It's My Party,' as far as collapsing on the sofa afterward. Sugar coma! But what fun goin' down!! :-)

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