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Lemon Cupcake from Frosted

Lemon cupcake from Frosted in Long Beach, CA via Dessertress

I recently spent a few days in Long Beach, California, and per usual, I made a list of bakeries to check out. Though I am largely over the cupcake craze, Frosted Cupcakery had such rave reviews that I added it to my list.

Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE cupcakes. It’s just that I’ve had so many subpar cupcakes over the past couple of years that I’ve found myself looking for new types of desserts to enjoy.

Adding Frosted to my list ended up being one of the best decisions I made on this trip to the west coast. If you want to know what a really freaking good cupcake tastes like, then get yourself over to Frosted ASAP. I loved it so much that in a four day trip I went there twice. I considered stopping a third time but didn’t want to risk becoming a regular in such a short amount of time. Continue reading →

Lemon Blueberry Cupcake from Bleeding Heart Bakery

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Though the bakery is no longer around, it only seemed right to share with you all the cupcake by which I judge all the others. Behold the lemon blueberry cupcake that was seasonally produced by Bleeding Heart Bakery.

This cupcake seriously had it all. The cake was moist and filled to the brim with blueberries. The frosting struck a perfect balance between tart and sweet, and the blueberries on top were sweet and plump.

It was a sad, sad day when Bleeding Heart shut their doors this past summer.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcake from Sweet

As partial as I am to red velvet, the cupcake flavor I most like to see on any menu is lemon blueberry. The best cupcake I’ve ever had was a lemon blueberry cupcake from the now defunct Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago. In fact, my love of this cupcake is what inspired our wedding colors to be yellow and blue, with the thought being that we could decorate using lemons and blueberries. We didn’t decorate using these delicious fruits and instead my husband thought our decorations were representative of our alma mater, the University of Michigan. Oy.

But I digress.

Sweet Interior

(Sweet may seriously be the world’s cutest bakery!)

I ventured out to Sweet in Houston, as their online menu boasted both cupcakes and macarons. Once I finally found the shop (in the middle City Centre and not actually at the hole in the ground where some new construction is going up, which is where my GPS directed me), I was so pleased to see my favorite lemon/blueberry combination. Clearly one of those was coming home with me!

Sweet Cupcakes Houston

Seriously – everything at Sweet looked amazing! I also picked up one of the peanut butter cupcakes above, which I’ll try to review soon.

Today though we’re focusing solely on the lemon blueberry cupcake.

Lemon Blueberry cupcake from Sweet Houston

Sorry for the crappy iPhone photo. I could not get this cupcake to photograph well! The lemon blueberry cupcake from Sweet was a normal-sized cupcake with a disproportionate amount of frosting. I know that lots of frosting piled on top of a mini cake looks fantastic, but it can be overwhelming to eat. I ended up scraping 3/4 of the frosting off of the cupcake.

The frosting tasted delicious – it was the perfect consistency and had just the right amount of lemon flavor to contrast with the sweetness. That said, there was far too much lemon zest in the frosting, which at times gave the frosting a chewy consistency! You can see specks of the frosting in the image above. It was just too much.

The cake itself was perfect. It was moist and had the perfect number of blueberries. The flavor of the cake worked well with the flavor of the frosting.

Lemon blueberry cupcakes are, by design, a little more tart than the traditional cupcake so if you’re looking for a super sweet treat you might want to try something else.

Sweet is located at 801 Town and Country Blvd in Houston.

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