Saturday, January 5, 2013
Dessert review: Cupcake Bliss grants peerless ecstasy to courageous pilgrims
You might actually stop reading mid-review and drive all the way to Bedford.
BEDFORD Not too thrilled to admit that I got braces a few weeks ago. Yes, I am a 31 year old with braces. I have been quite bratty because I am having a really hard time eating solid food. Thankfully the blog will not suffer because I am having no problems at all eating cake, ice cream, fudge. You know, the important stuff. You can expect to see me 100lbs heavier in 6 months when the braces come off.
Anyways, after a trying lunch of cutting up sushi into little tiny bites (blasphemy, I know) I stuck out my bottom lip as far as it would go and told my husband that I was still absolutely famished... As we were driving down 121 towards Arlington for a friend’s Christmas Party, I remembered about a cupcake shop off the Cheek-Sparger exit. Ok, I remembered it because I have always thought that was the funniest street name. Since I was in the area, still hungry and sick of picking sushi rice out of my braces, a comforting box of cupcakes was just what the
doctor dentist ordered.
I planned to just pick out one cupcake. However, I would be lying if I said I have ever gone into a bakery of any sort and walked out with a lone pastry. I left with a box of 4. They had two seasonal holiday flavors. And since I am a sucker for eggnog and gingerbread, you know I couldn’t say no. In addition to the Eggnog cupcake and Gingerbread cupcake, I also picked out a Red Velvet and a Salty Caramel cupcake.
The gingerbread cupcake was hands down one of best gingerbread cupcakes ever. It rivaled the absolute best from Miette in San Francisco. It was very spicy, maybe even too spicy for some. It tasted of a rich, decadent holiday gingerbread that did not skimp on the molasses and was slathered with delicious cream cheese frosting. I have found that some bakeries mute down the gingerbread flavor when making cupcakes. They often taste more of a traditional spice cake, but not this one.
The eggnog was also a winner with its creamy eggnog flavor throughout the frosting and the cake. Sometimes I have found eggnog flavored baked goods can take on a slightly sour taste if not done right. That was not a problem with this cupcake.
The red velvet had the nice light coco flavor we all love with a simple and creamy cream cheese frosting.
Now, this next cupcake may cause you to stop whatever you are doing and make your way to Bedford right this very minute for a cupcake. Pile of work to be done at the office from the holiday vacation? Leave it. Baby napping in his crib? He won’t wake up. Dinner cooking? Order out. Whatever you are doing, it is not nearly as important as treating yourself to the salty caramel cupcake at Cupcake Bliss.
I am a huge fan of salted caramel anything (Don’t get me started about the chocolate salted caramels from Central Market that I cannot have again until the braces come off). So, when I am able to indulge in one of my favorite things, (orthodontist approved) it makes my day. Chocolate salted caramel or just a simple salted caramel on caramel, I love it all. This cupcake was a fluffy caramel cake topped with a whole delicious pile of caramel buttercream and copious amounts of sea salt.
I would not be lying if I said this cupcake is now in my top 10 all-time favorite cupcakes list. I now have what I assume is a pile of drool near my keyboard after writing this review. Suddenly, a 40 mile drive one way for cupcakes does not seem all that far.
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