Lola's Cupcakery Opens on Las Olas

Courtesy of Lola's Cupcakery


far as desserts go, what's better than a cupcake? Think about it: these

morsels of goodness are self-contained, portable, portion-controlled,

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and, when done right, can taste pretty swell. And now, they're showing

up on Las Olas. Lola's Cupcakery is

a new venture from Toronto restaurateur, Donald Kaplan, and his wife

Laura (she's the "Lola"). The pair wanted to bring high-end cupcakes to

an area that really has none, and their new storefront at 1523 E. Las

Olas Blvd. will do just that. The store opens this weekend, and, as of

now, will be take-out only. (The Kaplans have already applied for a

change of use permit to allow in-store cupcaking.) Lola's will also

deliver for orders of two dozen or more to just about anywhere in

Broward, to the tune of $82 (a single cupcake runs $3.25).


took them up on that offer this week, and ordered a pre-release sampler

box of two-dozen filled with Lola's upscale take on classic cupcake

flavors. They call this batch their classics collection: There was

peanut butter and jelly, rocky road, French chocolate, strawberry, red

velvet, and a host of others, in addition to a couple quirky selections

like mojito and margarita. Lola's bakes all these cupcakes daily, and

-- the best part -- doesn't even use a base batter. No, each cupcake's

batter and icing is custom tailored and crafted in small-batch mixers

from high-quality ingredients only. Result: the French chocolate

cupcake actually tastes different from the other chocolate varieties,

the base on the mojito is distincly different from the other yellow

cake ones, and so on.

Be sure to check out the photos on Lola's site: The cupcakes are

exquisitely beautiful creatures, and our photos do them no justice.



the $82 question: Were Lola's mini-cakes any good? Well, there were

definitely some hits and misses in that big box. To touch on a few, the

French chocolate was extraordinarily rich, with an ultra-thick icing

derived from "very expensive" chocolate. The chocolate raspberry

cupcake was also on the top of our list, with a gooey, jelly-like

raspberry interior. A couple people commented that these were the best

cupcakes they'd ever had, though I can tell you I wouldn't go that far.

For me, some of them were a bit too dense and not quite as moist as I

like them. What I did love, however, was the margarita. It was

definitely not the most popular choice, but the salt-topped tequila and

lime icing really struck me as brilliant. I can't say the same for the

mojito, which left a sort of minty gum aftertaste in my mouth. Other

big hits at our cupcake party included the cookies and cream, Canadian

maple syrup, carrot cake, and key lime.

Donald Kaplan poses with one of his creations.

The Kaplans plan on adding a number of "collections" to their repertoire in the near future. Aside from a cupcake du jour ,

they will also add a catalog of savory cupcakes (Donald likes the

idea of a pizza cupcake). And, for the high rollers, Lola's has a

Tiffany's & Co. cupcake, a $1500 confection topped with a 24-carat

gold pendant in the shape of -- what else -- a cupcake. In the mean

time, give them a visit starting tomorrow and try them yourself.

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