In order to continue the cupcake discussion from yesterday, I conducted research. Trophy Cupcakes were in attendance at the party last night and I had occasion to sample three different varieties (not three whole cupcakes, mind you. What kind of girl do you take me for?)
The cupcakes I sampled were: carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting, and chocolate peanut butter with peanut butter frosting. All in all, the presentation on these cupcakes was attractive (though not quite couture) and the quality was enough to convince me that no Betty Crocker cake mixes had been surreptitiously bought and used in the Trophy Cupcakes kitchen.
The carrot cake cupcake was very flavorful, though maybe just a little too strident for my particular palate. To me, the real attraction of this cupcake was the cream cheese frosting. It’s not quite as good as the one I make (I’m not being boastful, just honest) but it’s the best commercial cream cheese frosting I’ve ever had.
The chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting was yummy. The chocolate cake part of it was very moist and pleasant, but I felt it needed something to break the flavors up a bit. I’m thinking chocolate chunks would have done just the trick. The vanilla buttercream frosting was good, though sadly not as good as the buttercream at Hoffman’s. If you could take the frosting from Hoffman’s and combine it with the chocolate cake (with chocolate chunks) from Trophy Cupcakes, you’d have yourself an excellent cupcake.
The chocolate peanut butter and with peanut butter frosting was good in its own way. My sister in law agreed with me that the cake part was rather dry but the frosting was a tribute to all things peanut butter. The frosting was light, flavorful, and the best part of that cupcake.
There: now you have a review of the cupcakes from three Seattle area bakeries. If anyone knows of any other bakeries that are worth trying please let me know and I’ll easily persuade myself and someone else to go there for a taste expedition. After all, this is for the sake of science, and I am nothing if not dedicated to science.