Cupcake Addiction

Philly Cheese Steak vs. Philly Cupcake

Posted on: August 21, 2010

Last week I went on vacation… one of the reasons why I have not posted on my blog in awhile.  But now, I’m back in Gainesville, FL to tell you all about my trip. My vacation started in Philadelphia and ended in New York. During my trip, I tried different foods in each city, from cheese steaks to cupcakes. Let’s take a look at the battle between the Philadelphia Cupcake and the Philadelphia Cheese Steak… it was a close race. (If you know me well, you know that’s a lie, and you probably know the outcome. Of course, my cupcake addiction probably gives it away.)

From the moment I landed in the Philadelphia airport, I immediately went on my blackberry’s internet to research where the best cupcake places were in Philly. Mark, on the other hand, went on his phone and researched where the best cheese steaks in Philly were. This was my battle to win. I was going to prove that while the cheese steak may be Philadelphia’s signature food, the cupcake would win over my heart (like it normally does).

The day that we toured the entire city on the “Hop On. Hop Off.” tour bus, we went to Pat’s King of Steaks and to Philly Cupcake. Our food battle started at Pat’s, and let me tell you, Pat’s started off the food battle on a high note. I know this sounds strange, but before going to Philadelphia, I had actually never eaten a Philly Cheese Steak. Well, Pat’s King of Steaks was fabulous. We ordered and had our food within a minute… it was gone within a minute too!

Philly Cheese Steak

Our Cheese Steak from Pat's King of Steaks

After a great start at Pat’s, we then went to Philly Cupcake.

Entrance to Philly Cupcake

They were closed the first day we got to Philly (Monday). I was happy to see the "open" sign on Tuesday!

The Manequin in the Front Window of Philly Cupcake

This is the manequin in the front window of Philly Cupcake. If you look close, you can see she is wearing an ensemble speckled with cupcakes. One of the owners changes her outfits periodically.

Philly Cupcake has only been open for about eight months now, but boy, can those guys bake! It is owned by two guys, and I was lucky enough to meet both of them. Their cupcakery is doing so well that they are already in the process of expanding.

Mike the Owner

Me and Mike, one of the owners of Philly Cupcake

I walked in, and it was like I died and had gone to heaven. There were two large armoires that housed all of the different cupcake flavors. I was immediately greeted by one of Philly Cupcake’s staff who I told that they should compete in Cupcake Wars because their presentation of cupcakes was exquisite. He told me they are actually already signed up to compete next season!

Armoires of Cupcakes

Armoires of Cupcakes

I found out these armoires are vintage and were used at a Victoria’s Secret store over 20 years ago.

It took me awhile to decide on a flavor because their flavors were very unique and all looked delicious. I had a tough decision to make between the “Banana Split,” which was a banana cake with vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate buttercream icing on top and a fondant banana for decoration, and the “Strawberry Lemonade,” which was a lemon cupcake with strawberry buttercream icing and a fondant lemon on top for decoration. It was a hard choice, but I ultimately decided on the Strawberry Lemonade cupcake, and my taste buds were glad I did.

Part of the Cupcake Selection

Part of the Cupcake Selection

My Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake

My Delicious Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake

The lemon cake was moist and had the perfect amount of lemon flavor. The strawberry frosting was… so good I cannot even put it into words.

Mark, who isn’t a huge fan of cupcakes (I know, I know… he’s odd), had something to satisfy his taste buds too. He had a couple of chocolate covered Swedish Fish candies. Philly Cupcake makes all different kinds of chocolate covered candies and pretzels.

While this shop has only been open for eight months, it takes the cake over any other cupcake place I’ve been to. (Yes, even Sweet! by Good Golly Missy Holly comes in second)

So, while the Philly Cheese Steak was surprisingly delicious, nothing takes the cake over my Philly Cupcake.

Stay tuned for more posts about my trip and the foods (or, let’s be honest, the cupcakes) that won over my heart and those that fell short.


2 Responses to "Philly Cheese Steak vs. Philly Cupcake"

Greg was super pleased that you went to Pat’s and not Gino’s. He is a Pat’s guy. Apparently if you’re from the area you like one or the other… it’s like West Side Story or something! Personally I’m going to sneak over to Gino’s next time to compare (shhhhh…don’t tell Greg… he’d probably kick me out of our house!)

Well I’m glad we chose the right one! We really didn’t have a preference since we had never been to either. After we ate at Pat’s, Mark actually wanted to head over to Gino’s and try theirs but I was saving room for my cupcake at that point. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me… if you do make it over to Gino’s, let me know how it compares. (Honestly, I can’t imagine it tasting much different, but what do I know, lol.)

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