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Annapolis Cupcake Adventure 
 
Jan. 26, 2012 8:22 pm 
Updated: Jan. 27, 2012 6:20 am
On Saturday, January 21, 2012 the family set out for our second Cupcake Adventure.  Our chosen city this time was Annapolis, MD.  The day before I had pulled up an article with three "Cupcakeries" listed that we hoped to check out.  Unfortunately, as we cruised East on Rt 50 I noted that the article was at home on the dinette table.  Oh well.  I had my trusty GPS and figured the people in Annapolis would be of help if we needed it.

After making a "chore stop" at a store to look at new curtains, the kids were truly stoked about getting some cupcakes.  I cued up the GPS and we headed out for the first cupcake place which happened to be in Easton, very near to Ruth's Chris.  We found parking just down the road but as we approached the Baltimore Cupcake Company our greatest fears were realized.  They had closed and the building had been sold.  Strike #1.

We piled back in the car and headed downtown.  I remembered finding a cupcake place hidden in a mall-like area just off the main drag in Downtown Annapolis last summer.  We parked and stopped at one of my favorite stores to inquire and the store attendant pointed us in the right direction for Nostalgia Cupcakes.  She said she didn't think the store was there anymore because she no longer saw people walking the streets with cupcake boxes.  With hopes still intact, we started walking.  We found the home of Nostalgia cupcakes and much to our chagrin it was dark and very uninhabited.  Strike #2.

We cued up the GPS again and started looking for bakeries within walking distance, hoping to find a place that was warm, served hot chocolate and maybe had some yummy snacks of some sort.  The GPS indicated the presence of "The Fractured Prune"!  DD and I almost did a happy-dance ... what a find in Annapolis!  The best donuts in the world could definitely draw us out of our quest for cupcakes! ... but Alas!  As we approached the location we found that is was inside the Marketplace which has limited hours and was currently closed for construction.

As we turned to head back toward the parking garage we noticed Hard Bean Coffee and Booksellers.  It was a bit cool and DD had not donned an appropriate coat for the day so in we went to explore.  I can't speak to the quality of their coffee because my order for 1 hot chocolate with an extra cup and a small cup of coffee miraculously turned into 2 cups of hot chocolate.  We also bought some cupcakes/muffins that they had on for sale.  The cupcakes were OK but I'm guessing their strong point was truly their coffee, their location and the ambience.  Seating was limited but as it was a cold day, there weren't too many people downtown.  As for browsing their book selection, there didn't seem to be a recognizable method of categorizing them.  All in all, it was an OK place to warm up enough to return home and start plans for the next cupcake adventure... hopefully more successful next time.
 
Comments
Jan. 27, 2012 5:46 am
Great blog. Wish I had the time to travel and search out cupcake/bakeries. This something I'd love to do. Too bad it didn't work out this time. Will be looking forward to seeing your next adventure.
 
Jan. 27, 2012 6:20 am
Quite the adventure. Sounds like something out of a Chevy Chase Vacation meeting :) Surprisingly....in our horrible economy, we still have many cupcake shops here in Vegas. Maybe you should cruise on down here :) Let me know. I would love to do the cruise with you.
 
 
 
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