Having a cupcake shop located near your apartment can be a blessing or a curse. When a craving for sugar hits, it’s great to be easy walking distance to the cure. On the flip-side, being too close to a shop that caters to your weakness can slowly chip away at your willpower. For me, this is a constant battle.
Heavenly Cupcake, a cupcakery located in downtown San Diego, sells cupcakes that are equally as beautiful to look at as they are worth indulging in. Cupcakes are baked on-site throughout the day to ensure that no matter when you com in for your cupcake fix, it will be fresh. The shop uses high quality ingredients including Felchin Swiss chocolate and Nielsen-Massey vanilla to create a rotating list of flavors, some of which are only available on specific days. If you have your heart set on a particular flavor, it’s a good idea to check the cupcake schedule ahead of your visit.
I tried four flavors (from left to right: Chocolate Mint, Orange Chip, Chocolate PB, and Banana Chip). What set apart the cupcakes at Heavenly Cupcake from other cupcake shops in San Diego is the texture of the cake and the icing — both of which are denser than most. The base of the cake is a bit heavy, making it taste more like a muffin, and most cupcakes are topped with icing that is closer to ganache than traditional buttercream. Personally I found the dense cake and rich icing combination to be equally, if not more satisfying than a lighter, fluffier cupcake.
The best cupcake was the Chocolate PB. The combination of the dense, dark chocolate cake with the whipped peanut butter icing made me an instant fan. The Orange Chip, Heavenly Cupcake’s signature cupcake, had a good balance of citrus and chocolate, and tasted almost identical to a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. The shot of peppermint in the Chocolate Mint cupcake was a refreshing touch that added an intriguing element to the dense chocolate cake. The only low note was the Banana Chip, which was a bit too dry, with an artificial banana tinge.
Mini cupcakes are another option. For the same price as a regular cupcake ($3) you can get two mini cupcakes ($1.50 each), making them a good way to sample a few different flavors at one time.
Since multiple cupcakes at Heavenly Cupcake have chocolate or vanilla bases, one of the best ways to narrow down your options is to choose one cupcakes that have a variety of different base flavors. My top picks are the Chocolate PB (available on Thursday and Sunday only) and the Red Velvet (available 7 days a week).
518 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101