Monday, January 26, 2009

Teacake Bake Shop, Lafayette

Baked goods tried: lemon buttermilk cupcake, chocolate sour cream cupcake, peanut butter chocolate cupcake, chocolate chip cookie sandwich, snicker doodle cookie

Overall reaction: "I think it tastes pretty good."*

So again, I have some friends to thank that helped out by being such willing taste testers. Thanks Mike and Lesley Schooler!

The first cupcake tried was the chocolate sour cream cupcake with vanilla buttercream. This cupcake was moist with a light crunch on the
top. The cake had a subtle chocolate flavor which lent well to the sugary vanilla buttercream. There was a nice balance.

You could smell the peanut butter cupcake before even taking a bite out of it. This is definitely for the pb lovers. The cake was slightly dry and needed more peanut butter frosting but the flavors were great, so I can over look that.

I have a slight bone to pick with the lemon buttermilk cupcake. If it wasn't for its yummy lemon cream cheese frosting it would have just tasted like a vanilla cupcake instead. However it was light and fluffy and was well liked by all of us.

The chocolate chip cookie sandwich had such potential sitting as cute as can be in the display. What a mistake! This was the wrong type of cookie to make a sandwich out of. It was more like a shortbread cookie so it just crumbled when you took a bite. The frosting in the middle was way too sugary. Sad to say that none of us wanted to finish the cookie.

Snicker doodle this! The best snicker doodle I've ever had! This cookie was huge and had the perfect crunchy outside and soft inside. I wish I had tried some of the other cookies that looked equally as good.

My words of advice: Skip the cupcakes and head straight for the cookies. You can buy 3 cookies for the price of 2 cupcakes!

*Quoted by Mike Schooler.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mini Cupcakes!

When in Doubt...Mini! There are so many great minis. Mini chocolate chips, mini doll house furniture, mini poodles, miniskirts, mini post-it-notes and of course mini cupcakes! It is the perfect bite or two bites that won't leave you feeling guilty. So indulge, don't worry, it's mini.

Changing it up

So I've decided to spice up my blog a bit. Along with reviews of bakeshops that I come across, I will also be writing about my own cake adventures.

Dots Cupcakes, Pasadena

Cupcakes tried: strawberry lemonade, almond coconut, red velvet, and peppermint swirl

Overall reaction: X marks the dot

On my last visit to Los Angeles, one of my dear friends so graciously bought me some Dots cupcakes. So many thanks Pearlin!

The strawberry lemonade cupcake was oh so yummy. Chunks of strawberry mixed into the cake topped with cream cheese frosting...what could be better? My only gripe is that I wished the lemon flavor was stronger.

The red velvet cake had a lovely fluffy texture, however in the flavor department, it was lacking.

The almond coconut cupcake was really moist with a nice subtle almond taste.

Best of the bunch was the peppermint swirl. The chocolate cake was extra moist and the pink peppermint frosting was fun and delicious.

Overall, the cupcakes needed a little extra frosting. Don't be so stingy, everybody loves frosting!

My words of advice: These cupcakes are worth a shot, there's no dot about it!