These cupcakes are delicious. I always try and coincide my cupcake purchases with a trip to my gym, which is on the opposite end of the block Fusion Cross-Training Fitness Stop in and they will give you a free workout. Last summer I did their Boot Camp and lost 22lbs in 10 weeks. They are great with nutrition help too. Tell Gavin I sent you, but don’t tell him you read it on the cupcake page.

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Ever since Sex in the City featured the West Village Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes (they sux, too dry) on the little screen, cupcakes have become the hottest item. (I updated this post with pixs from the next day too, like these delicious cupcakes.)

I remember about 6 years ago a popular cupcake franchise out of NYC called Buttercup opened on Walnut Street without much fanfare, it never really caught on and within a few years it closed. But now the popularity of cupcakes has arrived again, and this time with a vengeance. There must be about 3 cupcake places in Center City, in addition to the very popular Buttercream Mobile. Today another one joined the ranks Philly Cupcake at 12th & Chestnut is finally opened today at 8AM;& it’s adorable.
It used to house Blue in Green coffee shop where I would sometimes pick up an egg & cheese sandwich in the morning after leaving Fusion Cross Training which is located down the street. Last night I wandered by the place as I was heading out for the night of too much eating and just enough chatting with good friends. So I peeked in
where I saw owners Johnny Columbo and Michael Lewis, along with their friends and a construction crew, readying the place for today’s opening.
The guys told me that they would be preparing about 1,000 cupcakes a day. The selection will include chocolate, vanilla, lemon, Red Velvet, pumpkin and carrot. They will also offer La Colombe coffee, and will have a great gift section. They take large orders for events and have professional seasoned staff who can help create around a theme or occasion. La Colombe even made a special blend of coffee for them, Coffee Cake Blend. Cupcakes are $2.75 classic, and $3.75 for specialty flavors. Today’s Feature Cupcake is the brownie peanut butter. Each day they will offer a limited custom blended rich dark hot chocolate mix for $2.25 as packaged below.
Did I mention almost everything in the store you can have for a price. Johnny owns Forbidden Planett Women’s Vintage Boutique’s at 10 N 3rd Street, so look for some of the vintage clothing, knick knacks and other goodies to make an appearance in the store.

This chandelier from Classic Lighting can be yours for $10,000. The boys tell me that Tommy from Classic Lighting did all the work and they are ecstatic at the results. Having been a customer of Blue in Green I can tell you all the work that went into Philly Cupcake is terrific. Blue in Green may have had delicious cheap eats, but it was not a place Felix Unger would have hung his hat.
The hours of Philly Cupcake are Mon – Sat 8AM -7PM; Sunday 12 – 4PM.
They may be closed on Monday, but no doubt will be cooking up something delicious for the following week.
Like this scrumptious looking Jewish Apple Crumb CakeAah it was time for me to leave, but I just couldn’t resist taking this shot thru the windows as the boys went over a few more details, and talk about details look at the colorful cupcakes on the window. Not only am I looking forward to trying out one of their wares, but I am excited that a store of this caliber has located in the neighborhood in what will be another chip in the decay of Chestnut Street, especially at 12th & Chestnut Streets.
My only complaint would be the prices are not marked, and some cupcakes are $2.25 & $3.00
Oh BTW that’s Isabella and the dress she’s wearing, it can be yours for $850; I had the Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcake it was delicious. Kate Ryan read about it on PhillyChitChat, she told me when I ran into her the next day buying a 1/2 dozen. Tell them PhillyChitChat sent you…