A Walk Outside the Cupcake Comfort Zone

Photo by Bake You Happy - Chocolate Cherry LicoriceHow adventurous are you when it comes to food? Do you enjoy new and outrageous combinations or are you more tried and true?

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.

Photo by Bake You Happy - Assorted CupcakesI 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.

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4 thoughts on “A Walk Outside the Cupcake Comfort Zone

  1. You know we will be happy to bring you whatever flavors you want from the vast cupcake shops in Santa Clarita… just ask πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed them .. can’t wait to hear about the others

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