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Sunday
Apr012012

CakeSpy Undercover: Whipped Bakeshop, Philadelphia

Whipped Bakeshop

The other day, I was getting my bangs trimmed at a haircutting place in Philadelphia, and I asked the stylist if she had any foodie recommendations in town.

She started naming restaurants and bars she liked. Now, I like bars, don't get me wrong--but I prefer bar cookies, if you know what I mean. So after a while, I said, "how about bakeries?".

Whipped Bakeshop

"Oh," she said. "There's a great one nearby, it's called Whipped Cream or something."

"Whipped Bakeshop?!?" I asked. She looked at me sort of funny.

"I thought you wanted suggestions from me." she said, flatly.

Whipped Bakeshop

Well, maybe I didn't make a new hairdresser friend, but I did get re-acquainted with a bakery whose work I admire. After having interviewed owner Zoe a few years ago, I was happy to finally have a chance to visit myself. They've received accolades such as "Best Cupcake in Philly"--so I was pretty excited to see for myself.

And guess what happened when I went in: I was greeted by Ryan of Ryan's Baking Blog, who works there, who recognized me! Sweet! 

The retail case is small (most of the real estate at the bakery is a work space where they make custom cakes) but alluring--they have mostly cupcakes but a few other items, including brownies, cookies, and "Cake Cups" as pictured above.

After a brief consultation with both employees, I was assured that the Lemon was a standout flavor; to be friendly, I picked up a vanilla cupcake for a friend. It had a Peep on top.

Whipped Bakeshop

Shortly after exiting the premises I stuffed said lemon cupcake into my mouth. I paused to take a picture (top of the post) so you could see how there was a sweet surprise under the buttercream: a dollop of lemon curd!

This was a sunshine stuffed cupcake if I've ever tasted one: a buttery cake stuffed with zingy lemon curd, and topped with a modest amound of decadently rich buttercream. The frosting was none too sweet--the meringue buttercream is incredibly silky, and the richness of it worked very nicely with the tart lemon filling. The sweetness of the coarse sugar on top was a nice little bit of sweetness to balance the butter-tart thing going on with the frosting and curd, and it added a nice little texture contrast too.

Whipped bakeshop

I personally did not get a taste of the Vanilla cupcake, but was assured (after my companion had eaten it in approximately 2.5 bites) that it was "really, really good"--once again, not an over-sweet cupcake, but a more sophisticated treat, rich in vanilla flavor, and "definitely not the cheap stuff". 

Whipped bakeshop

Moreover, we were quite impressed with these cupcakes. It was wonderful to see a cupcake shop that offers such a carefully crafted, thoughtful product win "best cupcakes"--there is no schtick going on here. It's refreshing--just good sweet stuff.

My only regret about my visit is that I didn't pick up another half dozen cupcakes for later. 

Whipped Bakeshop, 636 Belgrade Street ; online here.

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Reader Comments (3)

woo hoo whipped! My friend Jenn works at whipped. We used to decorate cookies side by side at a bakery here in DC years ago. She's ubercool!
Whipped Bake Shop is wonderful.

Brennen and Zoe Lukas made an incredible retirement cake for me.

Try the "Sasquatch". It's a wonderful rich, rich brownie with caramel. It's to die for.
April 2 | Unregistered Commentersusan lochary
Hi, as owner of imagicakes Cakes designers in Philadelphia i would like to invite you to try what I think are the city's best cupcakes. We would be glad to provide you with samples of our products especially our banana caramel cupcakes and tie dye cupcakes. Feel free to contact us at your convenience. we look forward to amazing you!
August 11 | Unregistered CommenterDamon Nasir

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