Saturday, October 27, 2012
Restaurant review: Keller’s Sugar & Frosting cupcakes hit and miss in equal measure
Skip the Raspberry Bliss, but order a dozen S'mores.
KELLER I have been telling myself forever that I needed to make it out to Fort Worth and beyond to sample some of the many bakeries and cupcake shops the area has to offer. Once I started planning a visit, I thought I would make it worth my time and do a dessert crawl through the city.
Since I live in McKinney, we would pass the Keller area (in a roundabout sort of way), so since I have heard nothing but good things about Sugar & Frosting, I decided it would be stop number 1.
I met up with a friend who lives around the corner and happens to frequent Sugar & Frosting a lot. While I got the run-down of her favorites and “not so favorites,” I was mapping out my plan of action. After advice from her, input from my husband, and eavesdropping on the customer in front of me, I settled on a Wedding Cake, Raspberry Bliss, S’mores, and Chocolate Salted Caramel.
Let’s start with the good. The S’mores cupcake was probably the best S’mores I have ever had, and I am partial to Sprinkles S’mores cupcake. I wasn’t sure I could find anything as good, because usually places try to use graham cracker in the cake instead of for a base, and it dries it out exponentially. The marshmallow frosting was just the right amount of fluff, butter, and powdered sugar. I actually contemplated ordering more to go, had I not had about a dozen other places to visit. Moderation, I always say.
Next up was the wedding cake. It was a pretty delicious “plain white cake.” Sadly, the almond was so subtle, I wouldn’t have known it was there had I not asked. It was still good, but I expected way more almond. Why do so many people skimp on the good stuff?
Next was the Chocolate Salted Caramel. I was looking forward to this one the most and was the most disappointed. The friend who was with me said this is her favorite due to the globs of caramel in the center of her cake. Sadly, there was not a drop of caramel to be found in my very rich chocolate cupcake. Had someone not forgot the caramel, I am sure I would have had a different reaction. However, I was just bummed. I felt like a kid let down at Christmas, expecting a train set, but only getting socks.
Last was the Raspberry Bliss cupcake. I am not exactly sure what they put into this cupcake to give it the raspberry flavor, but to me it was overly artificial. Maybe they used extract instead of real fruit, I am not sure. Remember those fruit smelly markers you had when you were a kid? That is sort of the after taste I was left with. (Not that I ate markers as a kid, mind you. Paste, however.)
With the warm and fuzzy feeling the S’mores cupcake gave me, I will be back for sure. I may even give the salted caramel cupcake another chance (Please put caramel inside mine next time). This is a prime example of how even the best bakeries have off days. I have never heard a negative word about Sugar & Frosting. However, for my first visit, it was sort of lackluster. Maybe my expectations were too high? Whatever the reason, quality control of your product is so important. I want to know that when I am going to drop $20 on a handful of cupcakes the quality will be the exact same every time.
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