On Saturday, Haley and I were in Brentwood, TN running some errands. Not having had dinner yet, we were going to go to Longhorn and use one of the gift cards I received from work. After giving it some thought, I told her we had plenty of leftovers and could use the gift card for a rainy day. She agreed and as we made our way home, I mentioned that we could pick up dessert instead. Particularly, we were craving cupcakes but seeing how the closest Gigi’s Cupcakes was several miles away and it was already 6 PM, I anticipated that they wouldn’t have any good ones left. After a quick call, they told us they only had 2 types of cupcakes left in flavors we particularly didn’t like. We thanked them and made our way home defeated.
Not giving up, a quick search on Google Maps for “cupcakes” displayed several locations in our vicinity. The closest one was a business called Sparkle Cupcake Company located in Lennox Village, a small boutique of shops in the Southeast corner of Nashville. Not having been to that area since June of this year, we made our way there with a feeling of excitement. After a few minutes and a couple turns, we found ourselves outside a quaint, cozy corner cupcake shop.
Sparkle Cupcake Company opened earlier this summer (around June I believe). Having grown in sudden popularity, they informed us that on November 1st, they are moving to a bigger condominium shop just down the street because they have reached capacity limits of their tiny bakery. Here’s a little more about their business (as taken from their website):
Sparkle Cupcake Company began as a journey to create cupcakes that are not only beautiful but taste amazing. We make our cupcakes from “scratch” and they are baked fresh daily using the finest ingredients. Whether it’s Swiss Chocolate, fresh bananas, strawberries and carrots or Madagascar Vanilla – our quality shines through. Sparkle Cupcake’s are everything you love about cupcakes! Just the right ratio of moist, delicious cake to icing. Topped with glitter, sprinkles, or seasonal decorations, Sparkle will soon be your NEW favorite cupcake destination!
It’s hard to improve on such a wonderfully classic, American original dessert…but Sparkle Cupcake Company has achieved the ultimate sophisticated Cupcake Experience.
We offer a revolving menu of 30 gourmet cupcakes. Sparkle also offers hand-dipped Blue Bell Ice Cream & a specialty line of coffee.
Since it was close to closing, their numbers of cupcakes were dwindling down to just a handful but they still had quite an assortment available. The price of a cupcake for $2.75 each or you could get four for $10. Since this place was new to us, Haley and I decided to just get four cupcakes so we could sample various flavors. I opted for the Lemon Creme & Pink Confetti and Haley chose Ice Ice Baby & Ol’ School.
My favorite was the Pink Confetti, a strawberry cake made with fresh strawberries and topped with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles. The cake was moist and lush with the tart flavor of real strawberries. I couldn’t believe how much it tasted like the real fruit. The frosting was light and not too sweet with sweet flavor of cream cheese. Truly divine.
Next up was the Lemon Creme, a lemon cake with a lemon buttercream frosting. This cupcake only had a hint of lemon flavoring, very similar to Froot Loops cereal. I would have preferred a more overpowering fruit flavor (like in the Pink Confetti), but it was still delicious and also exhibited the characteristics of a moist cake.
The Ice Ice Baby consisted of white cake, cream cheese frosting & white sprinkles. The Ol’ School cupcake consisted yellow cake with chocolate fudge icing. Both of these cupcakes were simple with delicious cake bases. The Ice Ice Baby’s frosting was the same that was on the Pink Confetti cupcake. The Ol’ School had a very smooth, rich chocolate frosting.
The surprising factor of these cupcakes is that they weren’t too sweet. Whenever I eat cupcakes, I often find myself wanting to wash the sweetness from my palate with a glass of water or milk. After devouring 2 cupcakes alone, I wasn’t thirsty at all… truly a sign that there was a balance of sweetness and flavor in each cupcake.
Sparkle Cupcake Company truly delivers great cupcakes. I love the fact that the cake portion of the cupcakes has so much flavor. The icing isn’t too overpowering and has just the right amount of sweetness to not take away from the whole experience. If you’re in the area and are craving a sweet dessert, I’d recommend you give Sparkle Cupcake Company a try.
|Sparkle Cupcake Company
7009 Lennox Village Dr.
Nashville, TN 37211
Bill Total: $10 (4 Cupcakes)