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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Red Velvet Twinkies from The Stanton Social

Red Velvet Twinkie - The Stanton Social

 

I’m pulling this one out from the archives! (I’ve long been a fan of photographing my desserts!)

A few years back I visited some friends in New York City and we went to The Stanton Social for dinner. My red velvet obsession goes WAY back, so of course I had to try out their Red Velvet Twinkies.

Sadly, while I loved The Stanton Social (and especially the soup dumplings), the red velvet twinkies were just “eh.” The filling was fairly flavorless, and while the cake was quite moist it was missing that cocoa flavor. The dessert wasn’t bad, but if I were to return I’d probably get something else.

The Stanton Social is located at 99 Stanton Street in New York City.

Gelato Creations from Messina in Sydney, Australia

 

What you see above is the world’s best gelato, compliments of Messina in Sydney, Australia.

I went to Sydney during the summer of 2012 on my honeymoon, and one night of our stay found us in the Darlinghurst neighborhood, right around the corner of Messina. All I had to see was the word “gelato” on the door and I knew we’d be stopping. I didn’t expect to find such a magical little shop. Continue reading →

Giant Caramel Macaron from Bouchon

bouchon caramel macaron

While in New York City recently I stopped by Bouchon Bakery, which is located right alongside Rockefeller Plaza. Of course the reason for the visit was that I’d heard their giant macarons were tasty and I had to try them for myself.

I went with the giant caramel macaron from Bouchon and it was as amazing as I’d hoped it would be. Oftentimes when you find caramel macarons the filling will be pure caramel, which is obviously as amazing as it sounds. Bouchon stuck with a caramel-flavored buttercream and I have absolutely no complaints. Continue reading →

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