There once was a young cook named Ben, who served the young prince James in Cupcakeland. The cook made the young prince his favorite dish of apple pie every day, morning, noon and night.

Then one day the young prince grew tired of apple pie. The cook tried his best to entice Prince James. He made apple strudel. Not a bite. Apple turnovers. The prince turned his nose. Ben even tried an apple poptart, but nothing.

Frustrated, the cook went wandering along San Pablo Avenue and discovered a cupcake store. Inside were colorful little cakes in brilliant colors of yellow, red and golden caramel. Ben tried a few of the mini cupcakes, like the fresh lemon flavor or the cinnamon bun.

The cook, excited about his find, took back to Cupcakeland the store’s most popular cupcake, the salted caramel – a chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting that’s drizzled with a swirl of homemade caramel and sprinkled with salt to finish.

The prince took one bite and delighted at the creamy frosting with salted caramel flavor, but really enjoyed the light cake itself, which was still moist and airy. James loved the cupcake so much he decreed that everyone in Cupcakeland should enjoy the cupcakes forever.

The End.

*This story is, of course, totally made up. I really don’t know the true beginnings of the name of this cupcake store, James & The Giant Cupcake. But it’s definitely a story with a happy ending.

James & The Giant Cupcake, 6326 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. Open Wed.–Sat., 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

This is the "giant" size cupcake (lemon flavor) sold for $4

Chalkboard menu adds to the classroom feel of the store

Whimsical drawings fill the wall (above) and mini cupcakes ($1.50 each) offer tasting of several flavors

Cookies & Cream cupcakes ($3 each)

Kid's drawing plays into the storybook theme of James & The Giant Cupcake

Salted Caramel Cupcake. They add the caramel swirl on the spot when you buy the cupcake.

5 Responses to Once Upon a Time in Cupcakeland*

  1. foodhoe says:

    Who’s James and if you were baking him apple pie every day is that why you switched from the single guy to Looks like a great spot, I like the homey feel to the place and the cupcakes are fairly affordable, especially the minis!

    • Ben Ben says:

      LOL, Foodhoe, didn’t you see the disclaimer at the end? This is totally fiction. I created the story because I thought it matched the whimsical name of this store. I don’t know who James is (the owner simply named it to sound like the children’s book “James and the Giant Peach”) and no, I do not have a prince at home. 🙁

  2. Sandy says:

    I’d never refuse a good giant cupcake! That cookies and cream one looks particularly tasty!

  3. Carolyn Jung says:

    Oh man, the swirl of caramel on top is a definite crowning touch. I can never resist a wonderful cupcake.

  4. Mrs. L says:

    Oh man, I was already craving cupcakes before I checked out your blog. Must go find salted caramel cupcake down my way.