Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cupcakes in California (Pt. 3 of 3)

Just down the street, a block or so, from our last cupcake shop we find My Little Cupcake of Studio City. As soon as we walked into the place we were immersed in the incredible smell of baking cupcakes. I can honestly say that in all the cupcake shops I have been in, that is the first one that actually smelled like cupcakes! This shop seemed to be operated by a crazy old French or Russian lady (not sure which) who didn't communicate all that much.

Unfortunately, none of the cupcakes on display were labeled and you were expected to know what each one was after looking at the menu. Glenn very quickly chose the Reese's Cupcake while I pouted because I couldn't see any Red Velvets. I decided on a rather beautiful Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate cupcake that was covered in chocolate shavings. When Glenn asked the crazy lady if they had any Red Velvets, she told us that she just sold the last of them, but that she would check to see if any more were done. After a couple minutes she brought me a freshly baked and frosted Red Velvet. What a beautiful sight. ***Side note: Despite what many reviewers on yelp say about this lady, she was so nice and helpful! I mean, how many places can you go and get a fresh cupcake like that?***

These cupcakes were also victim of the 2 and a half day waiting period. This time however produced much more favorable results. The Red Velvet cake was still slightly moist, telling me that its original freshness must have been wonderful. The frosting was nice but a little too light on the cream cheese flavor for me. In my opinion, a Red Velvet cake should be accompanied by a strong tangy frosting. The proportion of frosting to cupcakes was very skewed in the direction for the frosting, almost breaching my limit, but it was still great.

The Reese's cupcake was not very well liked by Glenn. The dryness factor was a bit more amped up in this cake, letting us know that these were less than fantastic to begin with. The flavor was also nothing special. The frosting was a big letdown for such a big peanut butter fan. It was not peanut buttery enough and it was very grainy. The presentation however was very interesting but it made for a messy treat. Sadly though, the only thing about this cupcake that tasted like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup was the actual candy itself adorning the top of this cupcake.

Glenn and I split the last cupcake, the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate. The cake itself was moist to begin with as it retained a bit of moisture in the end. The flavor was okay but got muddled when eaten along with the frosting that clearly had alcohol in it. The flavor of the frosting was just off and not a pleasant experience. While certainly a beautiful cupcake in appearance, the overbearing alcohol taste and scent had us both discarding our unfinished cupcake halves.

My Little Cupcake certainly knows how to put on a beautiful display of cupcakes. It seems to me though that they are hit and miss when it comes to the actual flavor of the cupcake. I would be willing to give them a second try, but eating them on the day I buy them as intended.

1 comment:

Beth said...

I'm a fellow TWD baker, and I was thinking that it would be nice if we all could chip in and get Laurie some small token/gift for all the work she does. Would you be willing to contribute? If I can get enough people, it would only be about $1 per person. No pressure :-) Let me know!

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