Through her travels, Kate Bova loved the concept of a cupcake bakery so much that she decided to open one in Indianapolis.
“Being in the Midwest, it’s a more nostalgic setting for something like this. Cupcakes evoke feelings of your childhood – when it was typical to have them at your birthday party,” said Bova. “Cupcakes are back. They’re like donuts. People appreciate it and enjoy it. It’s your own little treat.”
The Girlie Chic Boutique owner has been baking for years so she already had cupcake recipes that boutique customers were hungry for. She created a business plan, found a location and her business steam-rolled from there.
The Flying Cupcake Bakery customers can get a bite of sugary goodness in different sizes. There’s regular cupcakes (I’m ok with that); filled cupcakes (I love a good surprise in the middle of my desserts); and the jumbo cupcakes (that’s how cupcakes should be done!).
Now, I’ve had my share of cupcakes, but I had no idea cupcakes could come in so many flavors – The Flying Cupcake Bakery has quieted my disbelief.
Bova and her cupcake crew bakes up the What’s Up Doc? a moist carrot cake packed with coconut and raisins topped with velvety cream cheese. There’s the Banana…rama cake chock full of bananas, smothered in cream cheese and rolled in pecans. This summer, try the Pinapple Paridise, a delectable pineapple cupcake with chunks of pineapple in the cake and buttercream frosting offered June 1 through Aug. 31.
“Fill” your tummy with a Pucker Up, a lemon chiffon cake filled with lemon cream and topped with lemon butter cream icing. Go camping any time with the Gimme S-More, chocolate cake filled and topped with marshmallow, graham crackers and chocolate. Forget a donut and try a Boston Cream Pie cupcake – vanilla cupcake filled with Bavarian cream and topped with chocolate ganache.
If you’re ready for some serious jumbo cupcake eating check out the Auf Wiedersehen, classic German chocolate cake mounded with classic coconut pecan topping. The Cinnamon Sugar cupcakes are comprised of delicious French vanilla cupcake with cinnamon and topped with cinnamon buttercream. Take a trip down the aisle with the Here Comes The Bride, a delectable almond cupcake swirled high with almond buttercream.
Bova definitely wanted to give a nod to the south and feature a red velvet flavor…only with a twist. The Red Velvet Elvis cupcakes is The Flying Cupcake’s best-selling flavor.
I was able to sample the Blueberry Cream Cheese Blues, a rich-n-moist blueberry wonderland of cream cheese cake topped with cream cheese; the Koo Koo for Coconuts, coconut cupcake filled with coconut cream topped with cream cheese and even more coconut; and the famous Red Velvet Elvis, red velvet cake loaded with chocolate chunks and topped with soft cream cheese icing and white chocolate.
All three were all equally delicious, but I can see why the red velvet flavor is so popular.
The Flying Cupcake Bakery focuses exclusively on cupcakes, but sells cakes as well. They also can fill custom orders.
Tucked among sophisticated shops along the 56th St. and Westfield Blvd. area, The Flying Cupcakes has been added to my personal list of “culinary goodness” establishments. When my sweet tooth begins to ache, I’m going to forget the Food Network, kick Betty Crocker to the curb and head straight to The Flying Cupcake.
For more information, call (317) 396-2696 or visit www.theflyingcupcakebakery.com.
5617 N. Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208