Anyone with even the smallest sweet tooth couldn’t possibly miss the giant cupcake which popped up in Ginowan near the entrance of the bypass. Anxiously I awaited the opening of what seemed to be a cupcake shop. Finally after much anticipation and waiting I saw the “Grand Opening” flowers and knew that it was time. . . . I then made my way to Ha Ha Ha Cupcakes.
Before you even pull into the parking lot Ha Ha Ha Cupcakes is clearly the most adorable shop in the area. The very cute cupcake entrance is one thing but the sign featuring a very happy monkey holding a delicious looking cupcake is another. There is no shortage of kawaii on the inside of the shop either.
The inside of the shop is sure to bring a smile to your face with it’s bubblegum pink walls and the pastel shirts work by the staff. On one wall you can find an assortment of cupcake trees featuring your favorite characters, on the other a variety of balloons. (I am not entirely sure whether or not these balloons are for sale or not.) A seating area is also available with two very small tables and only about 3 or 4 stools. That being said this is not one of those places I would visit with the anticipation of sitting in.
Finally it’s time for that moment we’ve all been waiting for. . . . the cupcakes. There were 5 or 6 flavors of cupcakes available which included Ha Ha Ha, Blueberry, Rocky Road and Red Velvet. Although there were a variety of flavors there were only a few of each flavor available. We decided to choose Ha Ha Ha and and Rocky Road. Both of these cupcakes were ¥250 each but others were as high as ¥300.
The cupcakes looked quite delectable with mile high frosting and either sprinkles or sauce topped with a mini Oreo cookie. Unfortunately the cupcakes did not taste as good as they looked. Overall the entire cupcake lacked flavor with the icing tasting of shortening and the cake itself not tasting sweet or like vanilla/chocolate.
I absolutely love the look and feel of Ha Ha Ha Cupcakes, but unfortunately I think that the focus on aesthetics has taken a tole on the quality of the product. In the future I truly hope that the quality of the cupcakes and timeliness of the service improves which will undoubtable make this a “must see”. Right now though it’s just not the case.