Ever since I became a connoisseur of gourmet cupcakes, Sprinkles has been my favorite. It’s the standard to which I compare all other cupcake bakers.
It makes perfect sense. Sprinkles Cupcakes is the world’s first cupcake bakery and as such, its owner, Candace Nelson, is a judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.
It’s important to provide this background so you will understand the gravity of what I’m about to say, as it feels like I’m betraying a longtime friend. For I have found another – SusieCakes in Southern California.
SusieCakes distinguishes itself as an “all-American bakery offering classic desserts made entirely from scratch using simple, natural ingredients.”
After assessing the selection, I started with the Strawberry Frosting-Filled Cupcake. Their website describes their buttercream as fluffy, so I approached the frosting with trepidation. However, my doubts were unwarranted.
From the first bite, I knew they were different. The taste of butter was prevalent in the moist vanilla cake. The strawberry frosting was creamy. Its flavor was sweet at first, and then shifted to tart. To get to the middle of the cupcake and find even more frosting was sublime.
As I finished, I licked my fork and stared at the SusieCakes box holding my remaining cupcakes. Now I never eat more than one regular-size cupcake a day – ever. I’m not a calorie or fat counter, but I do believe in being reasonable. Two cupcakes are not reasonable!
Nevertheless, I’m sure several of you have experienced this phenomenon; the cupcakes in that box were calling my name!
Thus, I gave in and ate another, their seasonal, Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Cupcake. It’s a vanilla cupcake baked with fresh blueberries and topped with maple buttercream.
I confess, I adore blueberries in desserts and I love a good blueberry cupcake. This cupcake was amazing!
Once again, the rich buttery taste was evident in the moist cake. There were plenty of blueberries throughout. The frosting was sweet, smooth and had the right amount of maple flavor. When I reached the frosting in the middle of the cake, it was pure bliss. Afterwards, I succumbed happily to my cupcake coma.
The next evening, I was ready to finish what I had started. I took on their Red Velvet Cupcake. As you may recall from a previous post, this is my ultimate test, my most beloved cupcake flavor.
SusieCakes surpassed my expectations. This did not taste like Red Velvet from a bakery. No, this was more reminiscent. Like something your favorite aunt would make from scratch and bring to a family gathering. The flavor and texture were perfect. The cream cheese frosting was rich and smooth. Then, there was the frosting in the middle, glorious.
I give SusieCakes 4.5 out of 5 stars. The only drawback is their cupcakes aren’t bigger, as I wanted the experience to last longer. However, at $3 each the indulgence is affordable, and I cannot wait to go back! So much so, I’m adding SusieCakes into my regular cupcake rotation.
Sorry Sprinkles, all relationships experience change. Looks like you’ll be seeing me less.