I’ve said it before, but I love mini-cupcakes, and any bakery that has them, especially a big selection, is already off to a good start. On a trip to Santa Cruz and a vegetarian lunch, it seemed like a good chance to treat ourselves and we stumbled upon Buttercup Cakes downtown. While we aren’t especially picky about our cupcakes as long as they taste good, Buttercup does cater to a number of food preferences, offering vegan, gluten-free and other options for those why may not be able to or want to eat a traditional cupcake. We appreciate a place that caters to everyone’s needs, so that was another plus.
With at least 15 (15!) types of mini-cupcakes and at least 10 more varieties of the full-sizers, there is something for everyone. I went with the lavender vanilla mini-cupcake that just happened to be gluten-free, while my companion went for the pumpkin. I’m always a little skeptical of lavender culinary endeavors, but I really like it in theory. Lavender is a very strong flavor and a little goes a long way, but Buttercup got the balance just right. It wasn’t overly flowery or herby, and the cake had a nice hint of almond that gave it a bit of sophistication. Overall, probably the best lavender dessert I have tried.
We both loved that the cupcakes and frosting weren’t too sweet and agreed that the texture of the cupcakes was great, even the gluten-free one. The amount of frosting was also ideal, as they weren’t too top heavy. When you eat as many cupcakes as we do, you grow to appreciate a cupcake that has the right ratio.
We definitely recommend Buttercup for anyone wanting a variety of flavors or non-traditional options. The cute, vintage-y storefront is also a plus. We’ll be back next time we are in SC!