Is downtown Cleveland hungry for a gourmet cupcake café? We'll find out starting Friday, March 16, when Colossal Cupcakes (530 Euclid Ave.) opens in the old Octane space by the Colonial Marketplace.
Kelly Kandah Ross, former Miss Cleveland 2003, says that while living in New York City she had grown accustomed to cupcake shops that always seemed to be fully stocked regardless of day or time. Here in Cleveland, in contrast, shops seem to run out of most options by day's end.
"I want to be known as the cupcake place where people can come in and always be wowed by the selection and not have to decide between two or three flavors," Ross says.
Ross promises to have at least a dozen different flavors available anytime the shop is open.
With a name like Colossal Cupcakes, you'd expect a sizeable treat — and that's precisely what Ross delivers.
"A lot of people have told me that most cupcakes they try are $4 for a little two-bite cupcake," notes Ross. "Ours are almost the size of a muffin. People can really treat themselves to a good dessert. From the cupcake to the filling, to the frosting, to the topping, everything is amplified — they're colossal."
Many of the recipes have been in the family for years, she adds. The house specialty is the Colossal Classic, a milk chocolate cupcake filled with raspberry filling and topped with almond butter cream frosting. Another fave is the Sunday Morning Cupcake, a butter pancake cupcake topped with maple cream cheese frosting and topped with brown sugar candied bacon.
More than just a take-away bakeshop, Colossal Cupcakes is a sit-down café featuring Victorian furniture in a "dollhouse-style" living room setting. In addition to the sweet treats, the café will serve a coffee, tea and a hot chocolate menu with lavender, spicy and red velvet flavored varieties.
Cupcake prices are $3.75 for one, $22 for a six-pack, and $43 for a dozen.