Cupcakes + Wine = A Sweet New Concept for South Main St. (Closed)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 16th 2013 1763 0

Memphis now has a place that serves both cupcakes and wine. It's called the Corked Carrot, and it's about time someone had an idea like this.

corked-carrot-exterior

The space is lovely. It's sleek and modern, and it looks way more like a lounge than a bakery. The kitchen is glass-walled, so you can see the bakers at work, and the glass wall also serves as a projection screen so they can show basketball games.

The Corked Carrot, Memphis, Tenn.

While Corked Carrot doesn't have any traditional dinner items, they do have savory cupcakes. Corndog and pulled pork cupcakes sound a little weird (and I haven't tried them yet), but the pictures I've seen of them make them look more like stuffed popovers than traditional iced cupakes.

The dessert cupcakes are really good, though. They're moist and they've got a great icing-to-cake ratio. I tried the carrot cake, which came topped with a cute baby carrot and a shard of green sugar "glass".

I'm also glad to see a Memphis bakery selling macarons. The almond flour sandwich cookies are insanely difficult to make (at least, I had a hard time), but the Corked Carrot's are airy and crunchy. I recommend the rose and the lemon.

Macaron, The Corked Carrot, Memphis

(I know lemon macarons aren't supposed to be blue, but the Corked Carrot is showing some love to the Grizzlies.)

The only issue I had was the price – the cupcakes and macarons are all priced around $2. That wouldn't be a big deal, especially for high quality desserts like these, if the desserts were just a little bigger. The cupcakes are all mini-cupcakes (for comparison, about half the size of a Muddy's cupcake) and the macarons are about an inch and a half in diameter.

That said, I hope the Corked Carrot does well. It's a great addition to South Main, and it's a cool alternative to a typical downtown bar.

The Corked Carrot is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. You could probably take kids there during the day (it's non-smoking), but I wouldn't recommend it at night.

Go there:

The Corked Carrot

314 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 401-0043

 

 

 


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Brandy says:

    Is there a way to add me to your email list, that updates me when you publish a new blog post? Love the blog!!

  2. Tommy Six says:

    "Corn-dog cupcake". That sounds like it should be the name of a musical collaboration between John Prine and Captain Beefheart. A deleteriously delicious proposition – especially when paired with one's choice of wine. Of course, this presses the debate on whether a red or white should be consumed – especially when the palatable intricacies of pulled pork pastries hang in the balance.

  3. Melissa says:

    I totally agree with you.  I've tried both the savory and sweet cupcakes and they are all fabulous, but I agree that the price is a little high.  The savory cupcakes are the size of your average homemade cupcake and I believe it was $6.99 (?) with a side salad.  The salad was small and my friends and I left feeling content, but definitely not full.

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