In a word: Sweet cuppin' cakes.
The specs: #00955
511 State St., 53703
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JM ate the peanut butter cupcake.
Nichole ate the - can't even remember which cupcake.
The bill was $5, or $2.50/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Madison Sweets an A- (see our grading rubric).
Madison Sweets has been open for a few years on State Street. They sell various kinds of popcorn and caramel corn, chocolate truffles and other confections, and, of course, cupcakes. We've never tried the non-cupcake fare because the cupcakes themselves look like the best things in the store, and in most cases are pretty darn good.
In the cupcake firmament of this city, we'd place Madison Sweets up high. More modest than Gigi's sugar mountains, more subdued than Cupcakes-a-Go-Go's mod podges, yet more decadent than Bloom's comfy treats, Madison Sweet's cupcakes are comparable to Daisy's in flavor range, price, and presentation. There are often many chocolate choices (a huge plus in our book - save the fruit flavors for pie, cake is best with earthier tastes that go with nuts, caramel and salt, and many of Madison Sweet's best work on those lines). Many cupcakes have a core of cookie dough or a whipped filling that complements the cake and frosting. Some can get messy, though three or four bites is as big as they get so it's not too bad.
Here's the thing, though: don't try to bring them home on a bike.