Minis by Maria – North Point Mall

Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.

Alpharetta has been buried under a mountain of cake the last few years. Cupcakes, regular cakes, bundt cakes, gluten free and organic cakes. I have had to go to the dentist to get several additional sweet tooths implanted to handle it all.

minis by mariaThere’s a small kiosk at North Point Mall at which North Georgia native and self taught cake decorator Maria Lawson has carved out a niche in the sea of frosting. She makes tiny little bite-sized cupcakes. If you left your normal cupcakes in the dryer and they shrunk, you’d have these cupcakes.

Although these are not your normal cupcakes. Scratch made daily from old family recipes in 15 normal and one rotating flavors, these cupcakes are the perfect little treat. The cake is moist and the icing is just the right sweet hat for the cake. It’s not super heavy like a Jilly’s cupcake.

Minis by Maria opened right before the Christmas rush in 2013 and they have been going gangbusters ever since. People love these little cakes. Maria’s husband Scott runs most of the day-to-day operations. You’ll find Maria on hand Saturdays. Minis by Maria does a ton of work with corporations for events and parties. They did all the cupcakes for the Avalon’s opening. No job is too big or too small ranging from a few cupcakes to hundreds. They also can make custom cakes for birthdays, graduations, etc. Just email a picture to Maria and she will make it happen.

In addition to the cupcakes Maria is churning out, you can also get cake pops. Normally, cake pops are soft and mushy, falling off the stick after the first bite. Not in this case. Maria’s cake pops are dense and chewy and delicious. I would go back to the mall just for those and that’s saying a lot. I hate the mall. And if you don’t want to go inside, call ahead and they will meet you at your car at the mall entrance by the parking deck for carside pickup.

I have tried nearly all of the flavors that are available. (except coconut, yuck) Here are my top 5:

1. Lemon Drop – Topped with a Teddy Graham
2. Cotton Candy – Crunchy sprinkles
3. Red Velvet – Red sugar crystals make this one
4. Brownie Bite – Chewy brownie cake
5. Salted Caramel – A small pool of salted caramel instead of a drizzle is the way to go.

So how does the cost of these mini cupcakes compare to their larger siblings? A dozen will set you back less than $11.00. Considering you could get 12 different flavors, I’d say that’s a pretty good deal. And there’s no paper wrappers, so nothing will get in your way to cupcake glory.

You can find Minis by Maria on the web, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Minis by Maria is a welcome addition to Alpharetta’s cake scene. I guess you could call it the little cupcake shop that could.

Disclaimer: I received some free food during my interview with Maria. I had previously visited and had paid for several cupcakes.

2 Responses to “Minis by Maria – North Point Mall”

  1. Jen March 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    It’s nice to know the background story of this local business. We will definately try it. And we love coconut flavored cakes so we look forward to trying that cupcake flavor.

    In other food news my family took a staycation this week we had a chance to try Antico pizza, Colletta Italian and Oak Streak restaurants at Avalon during our time off. We love antico’s anchovy pizza and the hazelnut gelato next door at Gio’s. Our only complaint is it’s too loud and the space reall needs some sound absorbing tiless on the ceiling like Coletta and Oak. It’s really hard to talk and hear the people at your own table.

    Coletta is a modern twist on Italian and the menu is interesting. My spouse’ lamb was delicious (I had a bite). I had the catch of the day which was average and was disappointed that the potatoes with my dish were under cooked and hard as rock. I read a yelp review that indicated they served undercooked chicken to a customer too. I think the cooks need to make sure everything they send out is cooked properly or this restaurant may not last.

    Our experience at Oak was phenomenal. We both ordered the filets and it was like cutting through butter. I actually like oak better than Ruth Chris.

  2. Dave March 28, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    2 cupcakes for $2.29. Absurd price. They are so small you eat them in one bite.

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