Cupcakes + Wine = A Sweet New Concept for South Main St. (Closed)
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.
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.
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.
(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.
314 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103