Excerpted from The Tennessean
February 23, 2014
Cuisine in Charleston whets appetite to visit
By Graham Shelby
To really understand the breadth of offerings at local chain Cupcake DownSouth, I sampled three different cupcakes. There is a small seating area in the store’s downtown location, but I opted to take the cupcakes ($2.99 each) back to my hotel room and evaluate them gradually over the course of my stay. This plan worked for the red velvet, Cupcake DownSouth’s signature item, and the black bottom cupcake, a dark chocolate cake with a chocolate chip cheesecake baked inside.
Those were both fine. I think. Honestly, I don’t much remember them, nor any previous cupcake experience. That is, not since I ate — in one sitting — Cupcake DownSouth’s bourbon pecan pie cupcake. ... Made with Jim Beam, the bourbon pecan pie cupcake is textured and mature — a masterpiece, an evolution of the form.