The Great Cuppycakes Caper: Philadelphia

August 13, 2008 at 11:50 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 24 Comments
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Part II

Next stop was Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. We took a bus from Washington, DC to Philly. It took about 2-1/2 hours. When we arrived the hotel wasn’t ready for us to check in so we left our bags/suitcases in their care and walked around the city.

During our walking tour of historic Philly, I let out a laugh when T pointed out some graffiti on the side of a street corner pay phone. Does he know me or what? I had to take a picture.

Proof that even taggers love cupcakes. LOL

When we got to the hotel I immediately logged into the hotel wifi (I love free internet!) and started searching for cupcakeries in the area. Since T was going to be gone all day, the following day for a conference, I made plans with my friend, M, to visit a few cupcakeries.

M was a gracious tour guide, chauffeur and cupcake companion starting bright and early… at 11am. LOL. Hey! I am a morning person but I love staying in bed whenever I am in a hotel. Something about hotel blankets that are way too comfortable. You know I am right.

After M picked me up we made our way to Velvet Sky Bakery since it was the farthest away from my hotel.

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Velvet Sky is located in the adorable town of Jenkintown. I love the adjacent shops and sense of community. The owner, Pete, was great and talked to me about his cupcakes, the area and blogging. When I mentioned my blog, he was excited to tell me that he was featured on Cupcakes Take the Cake blog. He went on to explain how he believes that blogging is the new media for publicity for cupcakeries like his. I totally agree! Way to embrace technology, Pete!

Review: I got a Chocolate Twist (chocolate cake w/ vanilla and chocolate twist buttercream). My “cake” was moist and the buttercream was sweet and sinful. Personally a little too sweet for me but if you have a sweet tooth you’ll love it! My friend, M, got a Strawberry (vanilla cake w/ strawberry buttercream). The “cake” was a little dense for my taste but the buttercream was very good. Hello!?! *light bulb* Can you say frosting shots? Forget your morning coffee! I think Pete’s frosting would be fabulous as a shot of sugar to start your day instead!

Velvet Sky Bakery
307 Leedom Street
Jenkintown PA 19046


Next we headed towards Brown Betty Dessert Boutique in an up and coming area of Philadelphia. They were located in a stretch of new commercial construction that you could tell just standing there that the surrounding areas would soon follow.

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This bakery is run by sisters that name their cupcakes after women in their family. For example: Jean’s Road Trip aka Red Velvet. I love their concept of inspiration from family and tradition. The inside of the store is a good size with a sitting area and a couple tables. They also had a few non-edible dessert related products for sale too. See the red velvet tshirt in the collage? You know I bought it!

Review: I had a raspberry filled sour cream cupcake and my friend had a lemon filled sour cream cupcake. We both raved the whole time. The “cake” was moist, the frosting was perfect and the filling was amazing! I also brought a red velvet cupcake back to the hotel for T and he liked the cake but LOVED the frosting!

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique
1030 N. 2nd St. #601
Philadelphia, PA 19123


The next day, T and I headed for Reading Terminal Market for lunch on a recommendation from fellow Tuesdays with Dorie baker, Kim from Scrumptious Photography and I was pleasantly surprised to find Flying Monkey Patisserie nestled among the other merchants and fooderies. (Gotta love made up words!)

The “store” is a booth that is surrounded by partition glass on 3 sides. Nearby was a sitting area for surrounding food patrons to sit and eat their grub but I think its more fun to buy a cupcake and watch busy “monkeys” whipping up batches and batches of cupcakes among all the other desserts. So thats exactly what I did!

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My favorite picture in the collage is the 2nd row, middle photo. The sign on the glass partition says “Monkeys at work. Please do not tap on the glass.” LOL

Review: They didn’t have a huge selection at the time I bought my cupcake, late in the afternoon, so I decided on a chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream. The “cake” was good and the frosting was great. I wish I could have tried more of their fun flavors. Maybe next trip. Check out their cupcake menu!

Reading Terminal Market/Flying Monkey Patisserie
51 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Whew! Did you make it all the way through my post? Kudos.

::hands reader a cupcake::

TGCC: Boston. Coming to an IHC blog near you… after these brief messages.



  1. Yum! I’m so jealous. I was in Philly last year and made my way to RTM, but it was a Sunday, so there weren’t a lot of places open.

  2. SUSAN, oh bummer! I loved RTM! It was such a fun place to get lost in for a few hours. I wish I could have spent a whole day there. Next time you get out to Philly you’ll have to go again.

  3. The Cupcake Gang of Philly! That’s a gang I’m willing to join.

    Looks like a delicious time!

  4. TANYA, HAHA. Jump into that gang too! I hope the initiation is a cupcake eating contest. ;)

  5. Thanks for the info on Philly! Delaware also has an interesting cupcake scene (even though it’s small). There are a few cute places in Wilmington and Newark.

    Well, here’s a little something that made me smile today, so I’m passing it along…

  6. Yum! I wish I could have a cupcake right now.

  7. JILL, aaawww totally made me smile! Thanks for sharing with me :)

    RACHEL, you and me both sister. I think I will make some tomorrow.

  8. I’m definitely making it a must-do next time around.

    BTW, come visit my blog. I have a little award for you. :-)

  9. SUSAN, aaawwww for me?? I love bloggys!

  10. All of those bakeries have super cute names! It’s my dream to take a cupcake roadtrip! I have it all mapped out on Google Directions, but I don’t have the money to do it yet!!

  11. CASSIE, Cupcake roadtrips are totally fun! You’re so cute with your google directions. I hear ya about expensive. Cupcakes range from $1.75-$3.00 on my trip. That adds up!

  12. I was looking at your post this weekend on my boyfriends computer and then walked away… he sits down and all I hear is “are you going to start tagging cupcakes around here now?” hahaha love it! :)

  13. STEPH, BAHAHAHA! Thats what my husband said. Actually his words were “Don’t get any ideas Clara! If I see you bust out any spray paint or markers in our house I’ll have to bust a cap in your ass.” Gotta love gangster talk when there’s tagging involved right?

  14. love your write up! i’m glad you got to visit RTM, we’ve been there every time we’ve gone to philly (umm… possibly because it’s right by the bus station ;) but it’s also awesome!) i’ll have to check out flying monkey next time :)

  15. KIM, Well how you been stranger?? Been having scrumptious photography blog withdrawals… Thanks again for the foodie rec. I loved RTM! I wish they had something similar near me.

  16. Hello – I just found your blog and abosolutely love it! Thank you so much for sharing your creations. Keep up the great work!

  17. CP, thanks for the sweet compliments!

  18. I love Philadelphia! I had the pleasure of visiting Flying Monkey recently too, and I loved it. I can’t wait to go back to try out all of these other spots!

  19. CAKESPY, You’ll definitely have to let me know what you think of the other cupcakeries when you get out to Philly again!

  20. Aw this is perfect! I live in CA but I go to school in DE and occasionally visit Philly. I was interested in checkin out the Reading Terminal Market to find a place to a tasty cake from, seeing as how I’ll be out there for my birthday. I’ll have to check it out! Also, thanks for letting me know that two days before my birthday is Chocolate Cupcake Day. All the more reason to celebrate :]

  21. Hi!
    Cute blog.
    I love the graffiti cupcake!
    I’m frm Portugal, and I used to paint some sweets in the streets…now i just do it in fames. unfortunately :(


    Ps- I’ll come for more visits!

  22. SARA, oh wow. Going from CA to DE must have been a weather shock, no? I am a CA girl and I don’t do well in snow. haha. Definitely check out RTM! Its awesome :)

    JOANA, Nice to meet you!

  23. Where are you these days? Why are you MIA?
    I want to see your jalapeno creation!

  24. JANNA, you’re so silly! My last post was only a week ago! That’s hardly MIA status yet. LOL. Promise. Its coming soon… very very soon.

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