Monday, April 23, 2012

Sprinkles Cupcake Review

So, since I did a review of Georgetown Cupcakes I thought it was only fair to do a review of Sprinkles cupcakes as well since they also have a location in Georgetown. We had cupcakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next few nights.

We decided to get a half dozen cupcakes. The flavors we chose included one cinnamon, one strawberry, one banana, two brown sugar, and one vanilla. The cupcakes were more expensive than Georgetown Cupcakes, at $3.50 a cupcake, but they were also quite a bit larger.

First up, plain old vanilla. I have found that a really good vanilla cupcake is hard to find. Sprinkles, however did not disappoint. The cake was very moist and the icing had great flavor. Our only comment would be that the icing was layered on a bit to thick for our liking.

Next up was the banana cupcake. I am not a huge fan of banana, but my husband is, which is why we bought the cupcake. The banana cupcake had a most banana cake, and the frosting was excellent.

Next up, the strawberry cupcake. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised that I did not taste any artificial flavor in the frosting. The cake was very moist and the frosting had a tasty subtle strawberry flavor. Very tasty! The only comment would be again we felt the icing was a bit to thick for our liking.

On to the cinnamon cupcake. This cupcake was quite different because it had no frosting on it. It kind of reminded me of a muffin. It tasted just like a donut, although not what one would expect when eating cupcakes. Overall, this was my least favorite of the bunch, but my husband enjoyed it.

I saved the best for last. The brown sugar cupcake. This cupcake was awesome! I don't know how else to describe it. The cake was moist the icing was delicious, and the crunchy topping just finished it off. I loved this cupcake and I think my husband would agree. If you ever get the chance to eat a Sprinkles cupcake then you should definitely try this one. YUM!
Overall, I loved the Sprinkles cupcakes. Although a bit pricey I would happily pay that again to try more of their flavors. Plus, no waiting in a long line! A serious win in my book!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Georgetown Cupcake Review

When we were on our way to VA for the cake show we decided to stop in Georgetown to try a certain cupcake place. We placed our order ahead of time so that we wouldn't have to wait. Which I highly recommend everyone do. So I thought I would give a little review of what Jason and I thought of the cupcakes.

The store is super cute, but really packed with all the people inside. There was barely room to move around.

Here is the line to get in. It actually wasn't to bad considering we had seen it before last year, and it was wrapped around the building. Plus it was raining so I guess people don't like to stand in the rain.

So we decided on half a dozen cupcakes. The cupcakes are $2.50 a cupcake which I think is totally reasonable. We selected two salted caramel, one vanilla squared, one vanilla & chocolate, one coconut, and one cherry blossom. Each cupcake had a cute little design on it and the signature swirl.
First up was the salted caramel. We decided to get two of these since we both like that flavor.
The frosting was very good, and not to salty. The cake looked as though it had been drizzled with caramel. The cupcake had no filling but was fluffy and moist. This was by far the best cupcake of the bunch. It was also the best salted caramel that we have had from any bakery.

Next up we had the vanilla & chocolate. This cupcake is described as a Madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake with a whipped Callebaut chocolate frosting. We did not care for this cupcake. The cake was not super moist, although I would not describe it as dry, and the chocolate icing was not our favorite. 

Next, up I tried the coconut cupcake which is coconut cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting. I was really excited to try this cupcake because coconut cake is one of my favorite cakes. The cake itself was moist with shredded coconut baked into it. Yum! The cream cheese icing however fell short for me. I did not like the cream cheese icing paired with the coconut.
Up next we tried the vanilla squared cupcake which is Madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake
with a vanilla cream cheese frosting. Again, I did not care for the cream cheese icing on this cupcake. I think that the icing was a bit to sour and slightly gritty. The cake itself was slightly dry as well. This one was not a winner for us.

Last up was the cherry blossom cupcake which is one of their seasonal flavors. The cupcake is a Madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake baked with fresh cherries and topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting. Now even though this cupcake was frosted with the cream cheese icing, which had been a miss for me prior, this icing was very tasty. Jason did not like the fresh cherries in the cupcake, but I did not mind them. Overall, I think this cupcake was a winner.
Overall, it was fun to taste test each cupcake. I think that it we are in the area next year I would like to try their regular vanilla buttercream instead of their cream cheese icing. The salted caramel was definitely the winner out of the batch. Stay tuned next week when I will give a review of Sprinkles cupcakes.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sesame Street Birthday

This year I had the pleasure of making cupcakes for Cole's 2nd Birthday. You may remember the Mickey Mouse first birthday cake that we did for him. This year the theme was Sesame Street and each cupcake was decorated like a different character. We had so much fun creating these characters for Cole. Big thanks to Jessie Rae Photography for the photos. If you need a photographer in the MD/VA area then you should definitely contact her. She does amazing work! 

Cole enjoying his Oscar cupcake!

 Looks like the party was a lot of fun. Happy 2nd Birthday Cole! I look forward to being a part of many many more!

Monday, April 2, 2012

National Capital Area Cake Show

So last week I shared some of the great wedding cakes from the VA show, and now I wanted to share some awesome entries into the non-wedding portion of the show.

First up this very cool pirate cake, because who doesn't like a pirate cake right?

I had to get a shot of this steampunk cake. I think I will try my hand at steam punk in the future.

This is an adorable dog tea party cake.
Lobster anyone?

Check out all that detail!
These next two turtle cakes are unbelievable. They look so realistic.

Pretty awesome!

So that was a glimpse at some of the great cakes that VA had to offer. Hopefully I will get to go to the MD show in May and actually enter a cake.