Josephine's Bakery was a breath of fresh air. When I walked inside I was greeted by a display of cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes, and cakes. I wanted to try everything!
On the day that we visited, Josephine's had three types of cupcakes--vanilla, lemon, and coconut (they were out of chocolate). I bought one vanilla, one coconut, and a mini cheesecake.
When I first started to peel the wrapper away from the cupcake I noticed that wrapper was stuck. Never a good sign. But then I realized the reason why. The frosting was hard. What was going on here? When I took my first bite I realized that even though the frosting was hard, it was good.
I inquired about this to Vanessa, the girl who was helping me. She said that the owner is from England so her version of cupcakes is a little different than America's version. The owner uses royal icing instead of frosting, which is the reason the frosting is hard. This also explains why the wrapper stuck to the cupcake: the icing was holding it in place.
Vanessa also revealed that they use twice the butter in their cupcakes, which explains why the cake of the cupcakes was so moist and delicious. Once I knew this, I took another bite and savored the goodness of the cupcake. It may have been different, but it was delicious!
Vanessa said that most people who come into their bakery don't know what cupcakes are. That's crazy!
If you find yourself in Rome and have a cupcake attack, relax....you can get your fix. Josephine's Bakery is located near Campo de Fiori. Their cupackes sell for $2.50 Euro ($3.75 USD), well worth the cost of finding a cupcake in Rome.