Walking through the white door of Mr. D’s (in the heart of downtown Wallingford) I didn’t know where to look first. Do you admire the old-fashioned carousel horse in the center of the shop or do you stop and look at the dozens of penny candy bins lined up along the walls to the left and right? Do you even stop there?
Should you continue to walk on the brightly checkered floor deeper into the whimsical shop and browse the old-fashioned toys in back? Personally, the sweet aroma led me straight to the counter, past the nostalgic candy and right in front of the glass cases filled with colorful cupcakes, bars, cookies and more!
Mr. D’s was opened in the historic section of downtown Wallingford, Conn., by Anne and Bill DeFusco on July 7, of last year. The quaint shop’s kid-like personality strikes a chord with children and adults, which has helped it gain popularity among residents. The combination of cupcakes, penny candy, Praline’s ice cream and toys appeals to people of all ages.
Mr. D’s has 25 available cupcake flavors on the menu, and the bakers are always experimenting with different flavors! However, if there you don’t see the flavor you were looking for in the case don’t be afraid to ask because the Mr. D’s workers will make it for you because the cupcakes are made fresh right in the back of the store.
“Our basics are chocolate peanut butter, black and white, white and black, red velvet, carrot, hummingbird which is banana, pineapple and coconut…we have pumpkin all year not just seasonal. Seasonally we have apple walnut, apple crumb cupcakes, death by chocolate, which is filled with chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate ganache and iced with this very, very chocolately buttercream,” said Mr. D’s owner, Anne DeFusco.
“Chocolate peanut butter is our most popular and then the salted caramel and the red velvet,” said DeFusco. “The chocolate caramel was written up in Redbook magazine.”
The chocolate salted caramel is definitely one of the top cupcakes in the shop. One bite of the chocolate cake and it just melts in your mouth. The sweetness of the homemade caramel adds to the smooth texture of the cake and is offset by the salty bite of the sea salt.
While I fell in love with the sweet salted caramel my first favorite will always be the hummingbird cupcakes. A southern delight with cream cheese frosting, bananas, pineapple and coconut. It’s so good that I try to savor it as long as I can, which is possible because Defusco prides herself on infusing her cakes with enough moisture to ensure they last well after the first bite (only if you have enough will power not to eat it all in one sitting of course). 🙂
Aside from the cupcakes Mr. D’s also serves up Praline’s ice cream to go with the candy and other sweet treats. Mr. D’s is every dessert lover’s dream! The shop has all the items any one with a sweet tooth would crave and then some, and to top it off they will bring the cupcakes to you! This is because Mr. D’s also takes orders for events such as weddings, parties and corporate events.
Open 7 days a week Mr. D’s is definitely the place to go for a midweek treat or after dinner snack.
Check back during the week for my full profile on just what to expect when you visit Mr. D’s!