Thursday, July 26, 2012
Dessert review: Pink Frosting Cupcakes in Coppell
New Orleans-inspired cupcakes come to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
I must confess something dear readers. I am in love, enamored, giddy with excitement and even a bit obsessed with the newly opened Pink Frosting Cupcakes in Coppell.
Last Thursday, I sped down 121 from McKinney to get the scoop on this newly opened cupcake shop that I had heard a little buzz about around town. I did my research beforehand and found out that the owner, Antoinette Lafayette, and Chef David Carter are New Orleans natives and supplying the city of Coppell with those wonderful flavors of The Big Easy.
Being no stranger to N’awlins, I go there quite frequently just to eat. Beignets, Bananas Foster, Bread Pudding, Praline, and Sweet Potato everything! You just can’t compete with that. Well, cupcake shops in Louisiana are all overflowing with these flavors, but when I come back home, I am left with an empty feeling that can only be cured by a Bananas Foster or Sweet Potato cupcake.
My days of feeling empty are over, because along with all of your traditional flavors, Pink Frosting carries a cupcake for everyone who is longing for a little bit of New Orleans.
Wait, it gets better. They stay true to the ingredients, meaning you won’t find canned sweet potato in their cupcakes; only the real thing! Ever had Bananas Foster made anywhere other than New Orleans? A lot of people skimp and use caramel instead of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and dark rum! You won’t find that at Pink Frosting. Try their Café A Lait cupcake! They actually use coffee with Chicory. Chicory is found in most every cup of coffee you will find in New Orleans due in part to the cities rich French culture.
If that isn’t enough, Pink Frosting offers Bread Pudding cupcakes. They even come with a little side of rum sauce. Do yourself a favor and wait until you get home to eat this cupcake. They will tell you to pop it in the microwave for a moment and then pour that decadent rum sauce on top. All that is missing is a po-boy and some nice Jazz and I am transported to the French Quarter with a hurricane in hand.
Knowing that not every New Orleans inspired cupcake would be available the day I came by, I was still quite surprised at the number of daily cupcakes they offered.
I of course opted for the Bananas Foster and Bread Pudding cupcakes. Additionally, I sampled their Chocolate Salted Caramel and Happy Birthday.
You all know my love affair with almond. The birthday cake is overflowing with almond flavor in both the cake and the frosting. It was love at first bite.
The chocolate salted caramel was a near perfect combination of rich chocolate cake and sea salt spiked caramel frosting.
Right before I left, Antoinette informed me that Chef David - who, by the way, was featured in the New Orleans Gambit for his famous King Cakes) will be cranking out these delicious Mardi Gras treats right in time for Carnival! Long gone are the days of settling for a grocery store King Cake or braving the elements and freshness by ordering online ... I know what you’re thinking, is it January yet?
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