Walking into Sweet Things Cupcakes & Couture is like wandering into a girl convention. On first glance, it looks as if a prom queen exploded inside the store and covered every available surface with sparkly things – purses, big flashy cocktail rings, rhinestone bracelets and even tiaras cram every nook of the remodeled Proctor residence that opened as a cupcake and baubles shop Sept. 12.
All girliness aside, the bakery serves up a delicious selection of cupcakes and the shop’s baristas pull a tasty espresso. That’s all they serve here – it’s a micro-niche cupcake and coffee place. Service is key at Sweet Things. They’ll ask you if you like your drink or cupcake, and care about the answer.There isn’t really a place inside the shop to sit and eat, but outdoor patio seating may entice for early-fall al fresco dining – until the rain returns. The owners might add indoor seating later. The shop has an awkwardly placed elevated storefront, so do look up from street level for the cupcake sign. Cupcakes are $2.95 each, a bit more than other local cupcake bakeries. (By contrast, Hello, Cupcake charges $2.25 for a single cupcake.)
Typical flavors are represented, as well as more unusual varieties. The hummingbird skewed more to dense muffin than fluffy cupcake, and tasted like really moist spice cake dressed up with coconut, bananas and pineapple and topped with a cream cheese frosting. Owner Barbara Kiker, who owns the store with Patti Frank, said the hummingbird is the early-morning seller.
The red velvet with a cream cheese frosting was as perfect an example as that cupcake can be – a rich, moist chocolatey base colored a deep shade of red and topped with a sweet, but not cloying, cream cheese frosting.
The triple chocolate came with three levels of rich – a spongy chocolate base topped with a cloud of chocolate frosting and topped with dark chocolate shavings. Try eating that in one sitting. I dare you.
Sweet Things Cupcakes & CoutureWhere: 2510 N. Proctor St., TacomaInfo: 253-503-0709 or www.sweetthingscupcakes.comHours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
In other cupcake news: Indulge Cupcakes is in the process of moving from its downtown Puyallup location to a new store in downtown Sumner at 1913 Main St. Owner Jen Quaschnik expects she will open Indulge the early part of this month. Reach the bakery at 253-447-7824 or indulgecupcakes.com.