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Cuppies and Joe: Oklahoma City Cupcake Smackdown, part two

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Cuppies & Joe in Oklahoma City

This is part two of Greg’s Oklahoma City Cupcake Smackdown. If you recall, we’ve had two cupcake bakeries open up here in the city in relatively short order, so we’re taking a close look at them both. Here, we’ll take a look at the newly opened Cuppies & Joe. Click here for the review of Sara Sara Cupcakes.

The first thing I’ll say about Cuppies & Joe is that you should go to Cuppies & Joe. Even if you don’t like cupcakes. Even if you don’t like Joe (but who doesn’t like Joe — I mean, what did he ever do to you?).

Why? Because Cuppies & Joe is a great place to hang out. It’s like if your friends invited you over, but instead of bedrooms, they all just decided they wanted a bunch of tables and chairs and somebody on a keyboard playing easy-going music.

The restaurant is owned and operated by the Diefenderfer family, who, I was told, just really like making cupcakes. And pies, too. You can check out their online menu to get an idea of their full selection.

At $2 a piece ($22 per dozen), the cupcakes aren’t break-the-bank expensive, but they’re also not that big. Unlike Sara Sara Cupcakes, Cuppies & Joe serves the size of cupcake your mom probably makes. But let me tell you, you only wish your mom’s cupcakes tasted this good.

While Sara Sara does a host of specialty cupcakes, Cuppies focuses on some basics with a few twists thrown in. You can have chocolate or vanilla cake with chocolate or buttercream frosting and any combination therein. The Boomerang is chocolate with mocha frosting. The Neverland is peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting.

All of them are good. And if you want something a bit different, the Horsebite (carrot cake with cream cheese frosting) and the Roman Holiday (tiramisu) are great.

But the one that knocked me off my socks was the Sassafras. Here’s a short story about it:

My brother loves Red Velvet cake. I am indifferent toward Red Velvet cake. Every year for three years, my mom forgot that my brother was the one who loved it and got me a Red Velvet cake for my birthday. Then, remembering it again, would get him the same cake for his birthday. Thus began my fiery hatred of Red Velvet cake.

The Sassafras is a Red Velvet cupcake with buttercream frosting. On paper, I should hate this thing. In reality, I’m surprised I’m not at Cuppies & Joe right now, half-naked and smearing whatever I can’t fit into my mouth all over my body. It was great.

My wife would also like to point out that if you like Starbucks, but don’t like paying crazy money for Starbucks, Cuppies & Joe has some of the best coffee around at very low prices.

My only worry for Cuppies & Joe is the parking issue, which can be hairy. There’s a few street spots out front, but they’re on a very busy stretch of 23rd street which can make for some nail-biting parallel parking. A better bet is to take the little alley around back where there’s a private parking lot available.

If you can find a place for your car, you won’t have any trouble finding a place in your stomach for some of their delicious cupcakes.

Now, where else can a guy get some cupcakes? Let me know and I’ll be there soon. Oh, and let us know what you think about Cuppies & Joe in the comments.

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  • ballerinatoes says:
    January 13th, 2009 at 9:41 pm   

    OMG…I live a few blocks away from Cuppies and didn’t even know it was there…I will be having a sassafras cupcake and espresso tomorrow. Thank you for clueing me in!

  • sara says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 2:54 am   

    Cuppies and Joe has absolutely amazing cupcakes and great service. I loved the atmosphere and was surprised at how many people were there, but i guess good places don’t stay secret for long.

  • Kathryn Witzel says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 8:09 am   

    We visited Cuppies and Joe for the first time Friday night and have already told about two dozen people about it. The cupcakes, brownies and cookies were so good, I’m going back this week. The hot chocolate is amazing.

  • Jennifer Thomas says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 8:39 am   

    I went to Cuppies and Joe a few weeks ago and plan to return soon. The coffee was wonderful and the cupcakes delicious. The atmosphere is welcoming. A nice place to hang out with your friends or go on a date with your spouse.

  • Monica says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 9:11 am   

    Oh my gosh!!!! Cuppies and Joe rocks my face off! The Boomerang is divine and I’m also quite partial to the Punkin’ cupcake! Next on my list are the Sassafras and the Neverland.

    It is a wonderfully pleasant place to hang out and you should go there now! Well…not so much now as it is 8.30am, but you get the idea!

  • Jessica Rimmer says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 9:14 am   

    My husband and I love cuppies. It is the best place for an artistic soul with a sweet tooth wich is basically the two of us. The coffee is fantastic. I reccommend the french vanilla latte!

  • RIck Thompson says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 9:32 am   

    There are three things that are givens at Cuppies and Joe: 1. Great coffee; 2. Incredible cupcakes and other pastries; and 3. Lot’s of smiles, laughter and instant friends.

  • Denise Johnson says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 9:48 am   

    What a darling shop… you feel like you can curl up for the afternoon, have a warm drink and read a book. (Not to mention, eat the cupcakes). The atmosphere is beyond compare.

  • Leslie Poe says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 9:52 am   

    I visited Cuppies & Joe during my holiday visit to OKC and now that I’m back in Memphis I can’t stop thinking about it! I crave “The Don” (Italian Cream) just about daily. Cuppies is definitely one of OKC’s newest local treasures.

  • Lauren Henson says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 10:02 am   

    We were home visiting my side of the family for the holidays and they said we HAD to go to Cuppies. It was incredible! I felt like I was at my own house and it was even friendly for my two year old! I recommend the purple room with the little table if you have little ones! Now I’m back in Tulsa wishing we had something similar in style and price!

  • Kelly says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 10:46 am   

    Cuppies & Joe is my absolute favorite place in OKC! Not only are the drinks and desserts absolutely fabulous, the atmosphere is so artistic, unique, and welcoming-you never want to leave! If you haven’t tried it, you have to check it out-you won’t be sorry!

  • matt says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 11:08 am   

    Cuppies and Joe is the best. Not only do they have rocking cupcakes and coffee, but their pie is better than grandmas. Seriously. You’ve got to try the apple praline pie. Parking isn’t bad unless you drive a school bus. I’ve been there a dozen times without issue, and I drive a large truck.

  • Christi says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 11:12 am   

    We’ve visited both places in the cupcake smackdown and Cuppies & Joe wins, hands down.

    The atmosphere is warm and casually elegant. The night we were there they had a wonderful pianist playing softly in the front room.

    The coffee, err… Joe, rather, is excellent. I had the best sugar-free hazelnut latte I have ever drank in my entire coffee-swilling career. I’ve drank in many a Starbucks over the years (all the way to the east coast, not to mention all the small, “Mom and Pop” coffee shops), and I have to say the barista at Cuppies & Joe knew their coffee. My only complaint was that the cup was so large that it was hard to hold onto. Complaint? Not really.

    Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Bethany says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 11:42 am   

    Cuppies & Joe is a great place to relax and enjoy time with friends. They have excellent service, warm atmosphere, live music and amazing cupcakes! I would recommend Cuppies & Joe to anyone! 5 stars for sure

  • Cari Schwerd says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 11:49 am   

    I live in Portland, Oregon and stopped by Cuppies & Joe during an Oklahoma holiday visit. It was absolutely fabulous. The aura is warm and welcoming – it’s a great place to relax, catch up with friends, or just hang solo. The cuppies are delicious – perfectly moist with wonderful flavor and frosting. I also had these cuppies catered at my wedding before the store opened and they were a tremendous hit with the guests. C&J is definitely a great place to spend your time!

  • Joe says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 11:59 am   

    Trying this tonight…I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I’m a sucker for a great cup of coffee, and my SO absolutely loves red velvet cake. Sounds like a win-win.

  • McKenzie Gordon says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 12:17 pm   

    Cuppies & Joe is wonderful! I live in Western Oklahoma and have only been once but I’ve told everyone I know in Oklahoma City. It’s the perfect end to a date place or just a relazing place to hang out. It feels so homey and comfy. Not to mention the cupcakes and coffee are wonderful!!! LOVE IT!

  • Michael McAfee says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 12:20 pm   

    I went to Cuppies and Joe just yesterday (for the 6th or 7th time in the first few weeks of business) and I realized the difference between Cuppies and Joe and a Starbucks Coffee: whenever I was leaving Elizabeth Diefenderfer insisted on giving me a hug before I left! I’ve never had a Starbucks bartista even shake my hand… Just saying.

    Oh- and the Apple Pie they have on occasion is incredible…

  • Lauren says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 12:32 pm   

    Oh my gosh..I love this place. The cupcakes are delicious. And about the coffee – I talked to one of the girls and they informed me that it is Aspen coffee, from Stillwater. Aspen Coffee is an awesome little shop that has actually expanded from one to three stores in Stillwater in the past three years, they have a really great brew. It was my favorite place to meet friends or study while I was in college. I even bought their roast and made my own coffee with it and I now bring it back to the City whenever I can get back to Stillwater. I am thrilled to see that Cuppies & Joe is bringing it here, and I am even more happy to see that the small business is so far successful. Good luck!

  • Kate Saab says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 1:23 pm   

    Unfortunately, I live in Texas and I still haven’t made it up to Cuppies and Joe, BUT – I did receive a box of Cuppies for my birthday last year and they were FANTASTIC!! I’ve been craving them ever since! I can’t wait to get up there and satisfy my sweet tooth. Those Diefenderfer’s can bake!

  • Deanna says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 2:19 pm   

    I drive 25 minutes atleast twice a week to make sure i get my fill of cuppies and joe. LOVE them.

  • Mason Jones says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 2:35 pm   

    The entire Oklahoma City metro area is a better place because of cuppies and joe. Its a great place to hang out, and the cupcakes are the best. There is literally nothing to criticize, because the place is perfect.

  • Michelle says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 4:05 pm   

    Cuppies & Joe is an amazing place! First off, you can’t beat the atmosphere…artsy and homey all in one. The Diefenderfers are an amazing family, and they make it such a quality place!

    The Cuppies were so great! I took a box home full of them, and my family devoured them! They couldn’t believe how great these were! This is definitely a place to be a regular at…it’s incredibe!

  • Bizzle says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 4:17 pm   

    23 comments…really? I must get to this place triple stat!

  • Cindy says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 4:39 pm   

    Before there was “Cuppies and Joe,” there was just the sweet Diefenderfer family baking cupcakes and pies for their friends and family just because they love people deeply and they love to bake. I have ordered their Apple Praline Pie to take to family events (which makes me instantly popular) and they are the first people I call when I need cupcakes for a party. As you can see by the comments, the cupcakes are so melt-in-your-mouth amazing that you’ll be grabbing random people on the street with a wild look in your eye just to tell someone about them. I promise you.
    But the best thing about this place is that you walk in, and there is just this peaceful calm that surrounds the store. Because this is seriously one of the coolest, kindest, most loving families that you will ever meet and you can feel it the second you step through the door, you can see it in their smile, and you can taste it in their desserts. Its love, people. Love in a cupcake. Now go get some!

  • tonya says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 5:10 pm   

    The ambience of this darling little place, where ‘everybody knows your name’, is as cute as it’s owners! TASTY!!!!

  • Natalie says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 6:01 pm   

    I love love love love CUPPIES AND JOEEEEE!!!! =)

  • Nathalie Jarufe says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 6:01 pm   

    Cuppies and Joe is amazing! I have been there pretty much every week since it opened. It’s wonderful! The cuppies are delicious and the atmosphere is just perfect. When my sister came in town to visit that was the first place I had to take her to. I talk to everyone about Cuppies! Any time there is an event, whether at work our outside of work, I suggest catering in some cuppies.

  • Josh Duty says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 7:12 pm   

    This place is Legen….
    …wait for it….
    …DARY!!!!

  • Ashley Armstrong says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 8:24 pm   

    Cuppies is the perfect place to hang out and catch up with old friends, or study listening to your ipod. My favorite cupcake is also the Sassafrass, and I love that the coffee is out in the cafe so you can get as many refills as you want…for $1.50, that’s a great deal! Thanks Diefenderfers!

  • Mike says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 12:00 am   

    C&J is the real deal. I mean, what is better then a cupcake and ice cold milk? I recommend the Vanilla Sky. Then make sure and try the Traveler. And then get a piece of fudge pie. And then get a few more cupcakes to go.

    Its a great place to go after dinner, or to take a date to. Heck, its a great place to go in the middle of the day…find a couch and read a book, or surf the web. Free wifi too. Its like hanging out at your friend’s house except the food is better and they wait on you. Brillant.

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    January 15th, 2009 at 12:51 am   

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  • Heather says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 4:08 pm   

    Cuppies and Joe is great. The Vanilla Sky cuppie is my absolute favorite, and I enjoy the Passion Fruit Iced Tea.. It’s a great place to go and have a great conversation with great friends.

  • cdawg says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 5:14 pm   

    Cuppies & Joe rocks! My 4 year old son LOVES to go there on a bi-weekly basis for the tasty, colorful tops of cuppies! Great atmosphere for all ages w/ a nook for everyone…books, wi-fi, games, yummy treats & drinks…the Chocolate Rain (Zane by me) is TO DIE FOR!!! but none pale in comparison. My hubby thinks it’s the best (Decaf) brew & espresso he’s ever had…& he’s had A LOT in his day! Fo’ real, it’s all so good you can’t go wrong with this hip new joint! Bonus: The Price Is Right!!!

  • Courtney says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 7:41 pm   

    Amazing. Unbelievable. Comfortable. Fun. Delicious. GO!!!!!!!!

  • Hillary says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 8:47 pm   

    Cuppies and Joe is absolutely perfect. First, let’s talk about the cupcakes. They are absolutely to die for. They have the most incredible taste and clever names. My personal favorite is “The Don” (Italian Cream). The “Joe” is also delicious and incredibly fresh. If they only had great food and drink they would be a winner – but the cafe is the most comfortable and relaxing spot in OKC. They have a vintage-style decor with lots of comfy couches and chairs. My personal favorite spot is “The Book Nook” that has pages of Little Women lining the walls. If you haven’t tasted a cuppie – go get one! If you have, I know you are wanting more.

  • Cuppies and Joe - Spooniest says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 10:25 pm   

    i love the cupcakes. love the atmosphere. love the diefs. love that it’s right around the corner from me. don’t love how i’m going to need to workout more because i’m loving those cupcakes!

    “Any place that has a sign in their establishment like the one above deserves the right to have good things happen to it!”

  • Andrew says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 11:06 pm   

    Tasty coffee. Better than Starbucks, which I have every morning. A lot cheaper too. This is an amazing amount of comments in such a short span. Impressive.

  • Tina says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 9:30 am   

    C&J is FABULOUS!! I have been there on several occasions, either with family or friends, and it is by far OKC’S best kept secret!……but not for long. Everyone is telling everyone how C&J has the best desserts and coffee in OKC!! The atmosphere is so quaint and comfortable. The service was excellent and you can expect a smile every time you go. Thank you Diefs for giving us the perfect place to meet our friends.
    P.S. Elizabeth makes the best French Vanilla latte you have ever had!

  • Jolynn says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 11:03 am   

    I always wanted to go to a place where everyone knew my name and surrounded by friends. This is the place and I am hooked on the praline apple pie. Can’t wait to take more of my friends there.

  • Snickerdoodle says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 12:13 pm   

    I need to make a trip back to this place! They’ve done amazing things as far as decor goes (my god, how comfy and welcoming it is!!), and it not only looks, but feels like a place to lounge around with friends and enjoy coffee and cupcakes. I was overjoyed to see a topnotch espresso machine actually manned (or, girled?) by a knowledgeable barista! They really put forth the effort into providing quality coffee drinks to accompany those delightful cupcakes. Yes, they are smaller than SaraSara, but also a third less in price. I found C&J’s cupcakes to be moist and incredibly flavorful. I know red velvet is fairly “boring” as far as flavors go, but it was definitely my favorite. When stacked against each other C&J blows SaraSara out of the water. I wish them both the best in the future, but C&J has definitely set themselves up for success in all areas (location, decor, friendly staff, beverages, and superior cupcakes).

  • Callie says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 5:31 pm   

    This place is the greatest! The desserts and joe is all served to you with amazing hospitality. The Don is my personal favorite and the southern pecan coffee makes you want to curl up with a good book in the “book nook.”

  • MarkB says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 8:23 pm   

    I just wish they opened early, so I could stop bye and try them for breakfast

  • adwsellers says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 11:12 pm   

    we had the pleasure of testing out cuppies and joe at the Deluxe indie craft fair! WOOT! The neverland was amazing! Thanks girls!

  • Cuppie Lover says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 7:22 pm   

    Cuppies and Joe has by far the BEST cuppie I have ever had. LEGIT. Go. Go often. Go ASAP. There is no cooler joint in OKC…

  • Luke says:
    January 19th, 2009 at 1:12 pm   

    I have to enter my wife into rehab for her addiction to the Neverland. I’m thinking about suing C&J for putting addictive ingredients into their cuppies.

  • hannah says:
    January 21st, 2009 at 5:29 pm   

    I went to C&J for the first time last night and fell in love. I got the neverland (Which tasted JUST like those peanut butter cookies with hershey kisses on top–only better) and some hot chocolate.

    I’ll be going back… and you should go too.

  • Tim says:
    January 24th, 2009 at 10:09 pm   

    Ok, so I’ve dropped in a few times before and tasted the cupcakes, but I’ve never visited to hang out. Today, I took my seven year old and we went up for a treat and a game of Monopoly. That’s right, we brought our own Monopoly game which he loves to play (and he usually wins). Anyway, what a perfect place to hang out. We each got a cupcake, I got some tea, and we found a nice, roomy table that’s perfect for board games. Fun times.

    The place was lively the entire time we were there. There were people in and out of the place and moving through the line constantly. This was on a Saturday afternoon. This place has a lot of promise and I look forward to seeing how things continue to grow.

  • KatieJ says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 3:15 pm   

    We had the Sassafrass and the Don…both were great. We had them delivered to our workplace but I must get to the store and check it out!

  • Monkeyhead says:
    January 28th, 2009 at 7:31 pm   

    This is my favorite place to eat cupcakes. Their prices are reasonable, the coffee fantastic, and their cupcakes are luscious. I do have to say that I once ordered a Sassafras cupcake (red velvet cake) and it was a bit dry. Check it out – you won’t be disappointed.

  • Chris J says:
    February 1st, 2009 at 3:21 am   

    This place was good, but a bit overpriced for what you get. 50 comments?! I think someone has sabotaged this thing!

  • Luke says:
    February 4th, 2009 at 3:17 pm   

    Overpriced? The cupcakes are $2.

  • Rick Stiner says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 9:26 pm   

    You can’t say too many good things about the Diefenderfer family. Anything they are involved in is always top notch. It doesn’t surprise me that Cuppies and Joe is receiving great reviews. I’ve had the privilege of indulging in cupcakes, pies and an occasional dinner prepared by Peggy. What a great chef. I can truly say, as a member of “the five familys” (inside joke) that if you want great cupcakes, coffee and atmosphere; try Cuppies and Joe. Congratulations Bob, Peggy and the girls.

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 11:20 am   

    The apparent stuffing of the comment box here is a little off-putting. Perhaps the management of C&J mobilized their friends and family to flood this site?

    But with that said, they are indeed excellent cupcakes. The simple vanilla/vanilla cupcake (Vanilla Sky) is a pure delight. Good coffee too.

  • Greg says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 1:11 pm   

    Re: Anon Reader Dude. I, too, get the feeling that a lot of friends of the restaurant’s owners have stopped by to praise Cuppies & Joe. As the reviewer, I can say that I met them when I first visited and, while they are very nice, my review is based on the cupcakes and coffee. Even if there is some “comment stuffing,” I think the general opinion is right — Cuppies is a nice place to hang out with great cupcakes, affordable coffee and a pleasant atmosphere.

  • Sam says:
    March 11th, 2009 at 1:29 pm   

    I’m not comment stuffing… I have no clue who the Diefenderfers are?? But they can make some cupcakes!

    I’m a strawberry fan and I’ve only had 1 other cupcake better than the one I had here… and I have to say that cause my mother made the other one!

    I’m telling you just go to this place. Very well priced, great atmosphere and unbelievable cupcakes!

  • Rena says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 6:31 am   

    The first time I went there on my daughter’s recommendation, they were OUT of cuppies! Sigh. I hung around and drank tea and did enjoy myself. They promised more in an hour, but I had to leave.
    The second time I tried and was able to drink tea AND eat a cuppie! Very good and I will be back.
    I will say they are so busy that finding a hidey hole was not easy, but patience will out!!

  • Sarah says:
    March 31st, 2009 at 12:13 am   

    I’ve been to Cuppies & Joe a few times now. I had also tried SaraSara’s. The first time I tried SaraSara’s I was dissapointed. So I decided to try Cuppies & Joe. Again, I was dissapointed. So, I tried Cuppies & Joe a 2nd time. This time they were just as dry and stale tasting as the first. I actually bought a dozen of them to take to a friend’s house and we ended up throwing them out. They were disgusting! So..I tried SaraSara’s again…and they have gotten the kinks out and are nothing short of amazing. Cuppies & Joe is awful and if you aren’t stary eyed by the fact that you know the owners, then be true to yourself and try SaraSara’s again….

  • Greg says:
    March 31st, 2009 at 7:09 am   

    Wow, Sarah, I have to disagree with you. I don’t know the owners personally, but I loved Cuppies and Joe. I agree that Sara Sara has improved — I have really enjoyed my last couple of visits — but I’ve never had anything less than a stellar cupcake at Cuppies and Joe. Sorry your experience wasn’t as great, but I think it’s unfair to criticize all fans of the shop as people blinded by friendship.

  • Tiger Mike Revere says:
    April 19th, 2009 at 5:21 pm   

    I stopped by Cuppies and Joe for the first time this weekend, after getting a request to pick up some cupcakes on the way to NW OKC. I missed it going west on NW 23rd, but came back and found it after calling them–it’s the third house east of Shartel on the north side of the street, in the Paseo District. It’s a homey little place, with plenty of tables and chairs to relax in. I noticed a couple of folks taking advantage of the Wi-Fi and punching away on laptops. The proprietors were very friendly, and answered all my questions. I was intrigued to learn that the purchase limit is six cupcakes–any more constitutes a Special Order, and they need 24 hours in advance. I’d recommend visiting with a few friends and each of you order six to go. Their coffee is EXCELLENT, whether you try their regular choice or exotic. I’m one of those who drinks at least eight cups per day and believes that life’s too short to drink lousy java! Of the cake selections, I particularly enjoyed “the Don”, the “Mary Poppins” (stwawberry-iced strawberry with pieces of berry), and the “Horse Bites” (carrot cake). If you like chocolate (and I do), they have really good chocolate ones too–I just wanted to branch out. Be prepared to parallel park, and watch your step if you’re disabled, like I am–there are rather high metal steps in front where one could trip. That’s not doing to deter me from going back, though–the “Cuppies and Joe” are delicious!!

  • steph says:
    May 10th, 2009 at 10:58 am   

    popped in yesterday and had a lovely passion iced tea and a sassafras cupcake. very affordable and a lovely location (although a group playing games was horrifically loud). the cupcake was yummy and didn’t have the ‘red’ taste that too much dye affords but the icing was yuck. it had separated and ran – i didn’t think that would necessarily effect the taste but the texture was that of tapioca pudding. the girl behind the counter explained that it was due to the weather which is ever changing but has been very humid. i’ll try it again – even the sassafras – but was a bit disappointed.

  • Alexis Lux says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 9:34 am   

    I love Cuppies & Joe. I am not a coffee drinker, so I haven’t tried their beverages, but I have heard great comments about the frozen hot chocolate. My favorites are vanilla sky and the dom. When I am out that way I would love to take orders from my whole office and pick up a mix & match dozen but they are adamant about only selling you 6 cupcakes unless you call ahead. You don’t get a price break if you order more, so it’s frustrating that I can’t buy my six and 5 more off the guy ahead of me that only bought one. Even though their policies drive me crazy, I love their cupcakes.

  • Jordan says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 6:22 pm   

    I definitely think C&J is having there church members bombard this message board. The atmosphere is wonderful and you can meet a lot of people, but honestly the cupcakes are just so so. My wife and I have been twice and got an assortment of a dozen cupcakes. We have shared them with our family members and gotten the same response, they’re just ok. I have found them abit dry and un-flavorful, parking is a pain and I have nearly gotten hit by reckless patrons trying to get in or out of parking onto 23rd. maybe people are just trying to find a cute place to rave about, unfortunately this isn’t it. Better luck next time, I guess I can try Sara Sara and see if the results are different.

  • Denice says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 2:59 pm   

    Cuppies & Joe has a great atmosphere but the cupcakes are small. I can make more impressive cupcakes at home. Also their hours or operation are sporadic. Call before you go because you never know when they may be closed.

  • Kaylee says:
    June 1st, 2009 at 3:44 pm   

    So I went here Thursday night before my wisdom teeth surgery the next morning. My fiancee and I took 4 home. The neverland, the chocolate rain, vanilla sky, and mint to be together. I was so exctied to try this place especially after my not-so-great experience at Sara Sara but I wasn’t all that impressed here either. Now, the place its self was, like everyone said, adorable. Great atmosphere and decor. I LOVED the neverland…would go back to get it alone, but the “mint to be together” (and I LOVE chocolate and mint) was almsot gross. The consistency of the frosting and the taste were way to close to colgate for me to enjoy. The other 2 (chocolate rain and vanilla sky) were fine, but nothing to scream about. I feel like they deserve another chance though, unlike Sara Sara. I am going to try and go when I can get the sassafrass. Anyways…good passion fruit iced tea.

  • JuJuBeans says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 1:02 pm   

    The cupcakes are just average, and inside is extremely small. What I disliked most about this place was the parking area. All in all, it’s a cute average cupcake place, but nothing spectacular.

  • Kevin says:
    June 11th, 2009 at 10:47 am   

    This is one of the great new hangouts in OKC. I usually go there on the weekends and when I’m in the Paseo area as well. I have tried many of the cupcakes but the carrot cake is my fav. Also, they make a great caramel latte and the frozen hot chocolate is awesome as well.

  • Rachel says:
    June 13th, 2009 at 3:24 pm   

    The Don is amazing…what’s in it? Tastes like mascarpone to me. Awesome!

  • Matt says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 3:10 pm   

    I think this place has to be affiliated with a Church or something.

    On the rare occassion that I’m driving by 23rd on a Friday or Saturday night, they always appear to be packed with youth-group types, and I always catch myself thinking “this has to be a church thing”. Throw in this extremely conspicuous message box stuffing, and it seems pretty clear to me.

    So which mega-church is it? It’s not like it would ever impact my decision to patronize the place, but I’m curious nonetheless.

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 5:24 pm   

    I continue to be really impressed with the cupcakes at Cuppies and Joe, especially the ones with the vanilla buttercream frosting. Man oh man.

    The chocolate frosting is good and chocolatey, but doesn’t have the same satiny lightness.

    Great addition to the neighborhood!

  • THEWK says:
    July 19th, 2009 at 9:30 pm   

    This place is just another trendy place to hang out.

    I wonder though when this fad of paying for cupcakes came from? When has anyone ever payed for a cupcake? From my experience they are always handed out for free. Guess I just don’t understand.

  • Christina says:
    July 29th, 2009 at 8:55 pm   

    I love the vanilla sky but the chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing was very dry..

    Cute place and nice place to hang out.

  • Tyler Glaze says:
    August 13th, 2009 at 1:06 pm   

    Im addicted! I seriously think this place laces their vanilla icing with crack. I buy Vanilla Sky by the half dozen and every time I eat just one, it takes every ounce of willpower I have to not get in my car and drive back down to cuppies for another half dozen. If vanilla sky was the only flavor they had, Cuppies would still be the best cupcake place on the face of the planet. I love the atmosphere and the crazy amount of flavor choices (Even though I always get Vanilla Sky). I just think this place is the perfect setup to experience great people, great food, and great service. This place is the hidden jewel of OKC. (I tried the Punch Drunk Love cupcake last night and it is a close contender with vanilla sky. Its almond icing with vanilla bean cake. Boom Boom Pow is amazing too and I dont even like chocolate).

  • Stacy says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 2:12 pm   

    I think Cuppies and Joe is just ok. Try Green Goodies on Western. The cupcakes are organic and amazing…

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 4:36 pm   

    One more update. We went there recently and had one of the special cupcakes, the Boom Boom Pow. It is a 10 out of 10. Jump on it if they have it when you visit!

    Vanilla cupcake w/ a ring of chocolate buttercream frosting on top (mmm), and in the middle, lovely smooth caramel accented with grains of fleur de sel (French sea salt)!

    GOOD HEAVENS this was delicious. A lot of the secret of great dessert baking is to make sure to add enough salt. Flat blah chocolate chip cookies? Maybe you didn’t add enough salt. The combination of the tingly salt with the deep rich sweetness of the frosting and caramel somehow makes the sweet stuff even more luscious. AMAZING cupcake. The Boom Boom Pow belongs on the regular menu ASAP.

  • Lofolulu says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 9:51 pm   

    The first time I went tried a Cuppies and Joe cupcake, I was dreamily smitten with the atmosphere, the flavors, the moistness, and the coffee. It may have been love at first sight. *horehound* Oh, the moist carrot cake with the not-too-sweet icing was wonderful! Can you believe I was surprisingly able to persuade my children into giving me “tiny nibbles” of thier cupcakes. (“Honey, do you want a ride home to Edmond? Good, give mommy a little taste, please?”) The mocha flavor rocked. Red Velvet was my 2nd fave cupcake of the night. The chocolate was tasty yet not quite as dark chocolate as I prefer.

    My 2nd visit to Cuppies and Joes was equally pleasing…except I did notice the staff seemed less interested in helping me find my delicacy.

    UNFORTUNATELY, *sniff sniff* My 3rd and 4th visits were mournful. It pangs me even now to remember these sad days. My expectations were high from my previous floating-on-a-cloud C&J dates. Regretfully, Cuppies and Joe lost my devotion by proudly serving me 4out of 5 dry and stale cupcakes with the gourmet price. What happened to my love? Both of these trips were Saturday visits. Should I assume the cupcakes were baked on Friday so the bakers could rest on the weekend? How can my love remain true if Cuppies and Joe is inconsistent with their cupcakes? Still with gourmet cupcake prices, C&J turned into a playboy cupcake tease. All my friends still cheered of their goodness yet I could not return to my darling. The last two times we were together, the cupcakes looked mouth-watering but they didn’t give me the same satisfaction. Like a forlorn broken heart, I left the adorable cupcake shop with my head hanging low.

    They say the best way to get over a lover is to find another lover quickly; upon my friends recommendation, I tried Sara Sara Cupcake. My joy returned doublefold. Not only were the SS cupcakes 1/2 times larger than C&J’s cupcakes, the SS cupcakes were consistently moist every time I visited…even on Saturdays. I am thrilled the owners have taken booth space in the Edmond Farmer’s Market, my hometown. See? I think they may be smitten with me as much as I am smitten with them. Even at a Farmers Market, their cupcakes are moist and flavorful- of which I don’t mind paying their gourmet cupcake pricetag.

    Sometimes a love will leave you but another greater love will come. Thanks Sara Sara! You are the BEST cupcakery in OKC!

  • Alexis says:
    September 16th, 2009 at 9:25 am   

    Absolutely my favorite cupcake place, ever! My newest addiction is their Boom Boom Pow with caramel and sea salt. I was skeptical at first, but I have to have at least one a week, but I would eat one everyday if I could. I will jump on any chance to run errands for work over near there so I can justify a cupcake for my troubles!

  • David says:
    October 20th, 2009 at 12:50 am   

    The people who own Cuppies are not affiliated with a “mega church”, they just go to church. With Oklahoma City being in the bible belt, chances are that if evangelical Christians own something and it’s good, it will be evangelized about.

  • LaNell says:
    November 12th, 2009 at 6:30 pm   

    We went today…the chai latte was good. I had the red velvet cupcake and it was so dry I couldn’t eat it all. My daughter had the Boom Boom Pow cupcake and while in theory this cupcake is probably rockin’ it was dry as well. The service was curt at best…

  • Lynda says:
    November 14th, 2009 at 7:41 pm   

    I went there yesterday and a friend and I shared a couple cupcakes, can’t remember the names because they are way to long and have very little to do with the actual flavors. Anyway, they were so dry that I needed finish my coffee in a hurry to swallow them down. It’s a good thing they sell coffee or I might have choked. I wouldn’t go back.

  • Leigh says:
    February 22nd, 2010 at 3:09 am   

    There is a cake shop in Norman with great cupcakes! Simple flavors that tasted the freshest that I’ve come across. But they are decorated really amazing..

  • Leigh says:
    February 22nd, 2010 at 3:10 am   

    Oh sorry, it’s called sugar

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  • Lexi says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 8:23 am   

    maybe I keep hitting them on bad days, but all 3 times I have been to cuppies, the cupcakes have been dry and unimpressive! The lack of daily variation is also a bummer, so for cupcakes, I just go to ruths sweete justice. The atmosphere of cuppies is great tho. But for quality cupcakes, i’ll stick to ruths.

  • Lin says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 8:19 pm   

    The atmosphere is great and the coffee is perfect for a coffee shop. I have been there twice this past winter/spring and enjoyed the little cuppies very much. They are small, but very few of us need to eat the large softball-sized cupcakes we find in many of the other coffee shops! (Braums had the tastiest of chocolate/chocolate cupcakes/muffins ever – I really liked them until I read the label – 900 calories in one! 900!). So I can have really decent coffee and a nice treat to go with and still feel very virtuous!

  • Zombii says:
    September 4th, 2010 at 5:34 pm   

    Cuppies and Joe continues to be a great spot to take people or relax and enjoy a nice treat. Their coffee offerings rival everyone else (sure, Coffee Slingers might have the “best” coffee and espresso, but certain things are giant misses like the chai and atmosphere) in the city and their cupcakes are tasty and well priced. Green Goodies is a joke (sorry, but some rinky dink operation and $3.50 for a plain flavored Organic or Gluten free cupcake just doesn’t cut it when there are other, better, options around town….unless you can’t have gluten, in which case I suggest you try making your own), and Sara Sara’s are simply too large and too rich for me (in the beginning they were poorly made too – crumbly and dry – but have since improved). Not to mention SaraSara’s coffee is pretty gross and Green Goodies turned me off too quickly to try a drink.

    Even without lesser competitors, Cuppies and Joe would still shine with their homely interior, deliciously made espresso drinks and good coffee (at great prices), and perfectly sized cupcakes. I love that they’re constantly coming up with new flavors and have a rotating menu. My only gripe would be that their twitter account doesn’t update with the daily special. It’s not hard to type up a few words five days a week, yet they never seem to. Knowing what special was available would pull me in more frequently.

  • AJ says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 6:08 pm   

    PERFECT cupcakes, all the time. This is a place where I actually want to stay and eat, not get it to go. If you haven’t had a Cami-o cookie – do it now.

  • barb says:
    October 11th, 2010 at 3:06 pm   

    Still not seeing what all the fuss is about, just not worth the money for a small dry cupcake. At least the ones I’ve had.

  • dianne says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 10:05 am   

    Been to ALL the cupcake stores in Oklahoma City and have to give Cuppies and Joes the award for best tasting cupcake and best homie environment! The Boom Boom Pow is my favorite! Gigi’s is in town now and while their cupcakes are very pretty and OK tasting, their staff is not the friendliest and Cuppies and Joes is always friendly!

  • Gina says:
    February 27th, 2011 at 10:06 am   

    Cuppies and Joe is a great place! I went there for a book club meeting with friends and it is such a cozy place. I felt like I was at a friend’s house. I had ‘The Don’ cupcake, which was absolutely amazing! I also had a pumpkin chai….delicious as well! My friends enjoy the iced hot chocolate. The service was great as well! Looking forward to going back there for sure!

  • Tim says:
    March 25th, 2011 at 7:26 am   

    Been a while since I’ve visited but I took my oldest son to Cuppies after school yesterday and enjoyed it once again. I have become a fan of the Boom Boom Pow and he branched out and tried the Neverland. We both enjoyed it. Great for an after school treat.

    Also, I’ve noted they have expanded their hours and they are now opening early for coffee (8am Tuesday through Saturday, I believe).

  • KC says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 5:29 pm   

    Visited this place a while ago and just loved the homey feel. After getting a couple cupcakes – one with peanut butter/chocolate and one with a liquid chocolate center – and a couple lattes we settled down in a “bedroom” to enjoy the decor and surf the net.

    The only potential drawback was the price of each cake ($2), but considering desert and coffee was only $10 for two, and the cakes were so tasty they may be considered sinful, I will definitely be coming back.

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