A new cupcake shop opened in the South Puget Sound over the weekend and I’ve been so excited to check them out! So today, I drove the 15 minutes from my house down to Parkland to meet Amber at her new shop, Yummers 2 the 3rd Power Cupcake Factory!
Located just a couple blocks from Pacific Lutheran University (317 Garfield St #A, Parkland, WA 98444), Yummers is in a perfect location for lots of foot traffic, high school and college students and even some late night bar business. And with no other cupcake shops in the south end of Tacoma, Amber has the monopoly on cupcakes!
Meet Amber. She’s a mother, daughter, and bakery shop owner! Inspired by her love of baking and from making it the second round of the application process for the FOX tv show, Master Chef, Amber and her family opened up this shop on Feb. 12, 2011. Her father, mother and son all help out in the shop, making this cute little bakery a family business.
I asked Amber how her shop got it’s name… Yummers 2 the 3rd Power is definitely unique and I had to know where it came from. “It’s silly,” she said, “I would always say that something tasted ‘yummers to the third power’ and the name just fit!” And alas, Yummers 2 the 3rd Power Cupcake Factory was born!
The cupcakes were definitely the focus of this little shop with the cupcakes displayed beautifully in the case. I noticed right away the selection of cupcakes. Not only were they unique in appearance, but I could tell her flavor combinations were not your typical cupcake shop flavors. Or… not your same ole’ grocery store flavors. The frostings were piled high and the cupcakes were topped with everything from whipped cream and cherries to peanut butter chips and a raspberry glaze.
Amber serves all her flavors everyday, but some of them are in the mornings and others in the afternoon. While I was in her shop, she had some red velvet cupcakes going in the kitchen, almost ready to be served to customers! Also, a plantain cupcake… really, I must have one of those!!!
Need a specialty flavor, Amber will custom make you any flavor you want. She told me of a cake she made out of “Slim Jims”. She said you could taste the essence of the jerky, but it was so good people didn’t believe what they were eating!
Amber was sweet enough to pack me up a box of each of the flavors she had out to take home and taste! I really can’t wait to sink my teeth into them. They look and smell so delicious! Here are a few, closer up!
Peanut butter cake topped with a peanut butter frosting and a raspberry drizzle.
Coconut cupcakes topped with a coconut frosting. These are their signature cupcakes!
Chocolate. Do I need to say more?
French toast cupcake topped with maple buttercream and candied bacon. Uhm, yum!
German chocolate cake topped with German chocolate frosting, whipped cream and a cherry. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cupcake quite like this one before… EVER… in a shop. Totally impressed with this cupcake!
Now, I will say… there were a couple of things I think Amber could change to make things better as she’s perfecting her shop and recipes. First, I did not like the boxes Amber used to send cupcakes home with her customers. They did not have any inserts in them so my cupcakes slid around and a few fell over by the time I got home. Secondly, none of the cupcakes had labels or signs telling me what they were. Although Amber was happy to tell me about all of them, signs in her display case would have made things easier.
Prices at Yummers are very reasonable too. $2.25 for a cupcake, including tax and $22.00 for a dozen. $22 is a great price for cupcakes like these too!!
So hop in your car and head over to Amber’s shop. You won’t be disappointed.