Friday, December 28, 2012
Dessert review: Looks are deceiving at Leah’s Sweet Treats in Fort Worth
Drop the canister and step away from the sprinkles.
FORT WORTH I have been putting off this review for a while. The time has come, dear readers, to discuss the woes of bad cupcakes. Cupcakes are fairly simply treats that can be over-the-top or very simple. A good foundation sets the standard for a good cupcake.
One Friday afternoon I found myself in Fort Worth craving a cupcake (OK, fine, when am I not craving a cupcake?). A check with Yelp and I found out that Leah’s Sweet Treats were right down the street from where I was. Sounds like it was meant to be, yes?
The store has not been around that long, so I do try to give new establishments the benefit of working out kinks prior to judging, but when you have overpriced cupcakes that are less-than-satisfying and on the very small side, we have more than one problem on our hands.
First, I have no problem with smaller cupcakes. As a matter of fact, I prefer them to the over-sized cupcakes you can find at some establishments around town. However, they should be priced accordingly. You should not charge $3 for something that is half the cupcake of most shops'. However, if you are, this better be a damn good cupcake. You see, if it is a damn good cupcake, the price is of no concern to me.
Not only were the cupcakes I selected bland, they were dry and very stale tasting. The frosting had formed a slight crust or layer of some sort on the top from what I can only assume was from sitting too long. Kind of like when melted cheese sits and hardens back up. Not pleasant, people, not pleasant.
I picked a pumpkin cupcake and a frogfetti, which was a regular vanilla cupcake that was topped and filled with sprinkles paying homage to what I can only assume are the TCU Horned Frogs, since the cupcake has purple and white sprinkles on top.
The frosting on the pumpkin cupcake was sour, and not in a cream cheese frosting sort of way. I’ve already mentioned how the cupcakes were dry. The frogfetti cupcake was the same dry cake, followed up with way too many sprinkles. You were lucky to taste any of the cake with how many sprinkles this cake was loaded down with. I know that is the whole point of the cupcake, but sprinkles are not really known for the delicious flavor, so when you empty in half a container into one cupcake, it leaves sort of a plastic aftertaste.
The shop is adorable and the location is great. Some of the cakes they have done for weddings or events are breathtaking. However, in an already oversaturated market of bakeries, I do hope that Leah’s Sweet Treats is able to fix these vital issues as to not hinder its business.
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