My sister was in town and we decided to do a mini cupcake tour around Baltimore on Saturday visiting Cakelove the day after it opened in Canton and the Baltimore Cupcake Company in Locust Point.
Baltimore Cupcake Company - Had two different cupcakes here, the Red Velvet and the Chocolate Peanut Butter. The latter had an interesting twist with a dollup of peanut butter on top of the cake, with frosting on top of that and then yet another bit of peanut butter on the very top. The Red Velvet's cake was not extremely moist but the peanut butter one was much moister. The frosting-cake ratio was about 1:1, and the frosting on both was rich and sweet. Yummy -- but too bad you can't enjoy your cupcake in the shop (there's no seating).
Cakelove - We had high hopes for Cakelove, being fans of Warren Brown's shows and knowing people who are customers of his U Street shop in D.C. In fact, Warren was in the new B'more shop when we went in and he waited on us. We had chocolate cupcake with strawberry icing, a chocolate cupcake with orange icing, and (on Warren's recommendation) a vanilla cupcake with peanut butter frosting; the frosting-cake ratio on each was much lower. The frostings were each delicious (although the real p.b. on the Baltimore Cupcake Company's pb cupcakes really brought home the peanut-iness)... and the strawberry icing was a real standout. Unfortunately, the cake itself was uninspired and wholly dry. Maybe Cakelove has some wrinkles to work out in the B'more location's bakery, or maybe Warren just prefers a drier, less flavorful cake.... But for our $3, we'll take Baltimore Cupcake Company any day.