I consider myself venturesome with my cupcake addiction, but I do draw the line at times.
Recently my limits were pushed, as I was treated to a cupcake recon by a couple of friends.
You see, they live around Santa Clarita, an area of Los Angeles County I rarely visit. There’s a cupcake bakery there, Bake You Happy, that’s been voted “Best of the Santa Clarita Valley 2013” and it’s a winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.
My friend went to the shop on my behalf and advised the associate she was making a purchase for a cupcake fanatic and a blogger.
The associate recommended cupcakes accordingly, selecting flavors that she felt showcased Bake You Happy at its best.
My friends presented the cupcakes to me later that evening. I welcomed the thoughtful gift and looked forward to my taste test.
I started with the Peach Cobbler Cupcake. It’s a vanilla cake baked with a graham cracker crust, filled with peaches and frosted with whipped cream.
Now, those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while, know I’m a firm believer that whipped cream has no place in frosting. American buttercream is my frosting of choice.
Thus, even though I love peach cobbler, I would have passed on this cupcake for that reason. However, I’m glad I was forced to give it a chance.
I liked the vanilla cake and peach filling. The graham cracker crust was buttery. The frosting was not your Cool Whip type of whipped cream. Rather, it had a heavier whipping cream texture. I enjoyed it more than expected and it complemented the other components well.
I finished with their Chocolate Cherry Licorice Cupcake. It was their Taste Test Winner from round one of Cupcake Wars.
It’s a chocolate cupcake with Red Vine licorice filling, dipped in crushed pretzels, topped with marshmallow frosting, and then drizzled with a cherry cola glaze.
I’m not going to lie. I approached this cupcake with trepidation. I’m not a fan of red licorice OR hard pretzels. I don’t care how many accolades Bake You Happy received; there is no way I would’ve been talked into trying this cupcake!
Nevertheless, in the spirit of keeping an open mind, I pressed on. Besides, I wasn’t making the drive towards the Santa Clarita Valley to pick another flavor.
I took my first bite… The chocolate cake was moist. The marshmallow frosting was fluffy and sweet. Its flavor masked the saltiness I anticipated from the pretzels.
I took a second bite… I reached the licorice filling. To my surprise, the cherry flavor was as strong as the licorice. Combined with the chocolate cake and marshmallow frosting, I was able to appreciate it.
As I continued, the filling became more generous. Admittedly, since I’m not a fan of licorice, I found it overwhelming. I removed some so I could continue my cupcake experience.
I give Bake You Happy 3.5 out of 5 stars. Not a bad rating, considering I was outside my cupcake comfort zone.
After this introduction, I am most curious about their other cupcake flavors. From my locale, a drive to the Santa Clarita Valley would be a daunting task. Perhaps I can ask my friends for a favor.