Recently, I've had the circumstance to try four versions of the uber popular red velvet cake. I tend to gravitate towards these cakes and cupcakes, not because I'm a HUGE red velvet fan. But after seeing the mess that SO makes doing his own, I rather get my fix at the expense of someone else's kitchen... LOL!!
* Sprinkles: Like many of you, I've been horribly unimpressed by the cup cake offerings at Sprinkles. They always sound SO much better than they taste. Well, someone gave me a Red Velvet cupcake at work and I was shocked! It was by far the best cupcake from Sprinkles that I've had. The frosting was still too sweet and the flavor slight, but it had great texture. YUM!! But a few days later I was gifted a strawberry Sprinkles Cupcake... BLEH!! I think Red Velvet might be the best one they make...
* Doughboys: Having a later dinner at Doughboys we saw that on their table menus they were touting that Oprah LOVES their Red Velvet Cake. Now, I am NOT one of those screaming Oprah lemmings, I don't even READ books. But I figured it was good enough for O, it was good enough for me. This is not a cupcake, but very cupcake like because you get a mini cake. The frosting was wonderful. It definatly had that cream cheese tang. The cake was good, not overly favorful, and dense, but not dry. SO thought his cake home made cake was better
And with that threat of having to clean up red food coloring splatters from my kitchen walls, I went sought my own Red Velvet Cupcake...
* Hot Cakes: A relatively new bakery on Centinella near the corner of Washington, it's run by a charming french woman and they have a small, but good selection of pastry. Of course, she had cupcakes and I scored a red velvet. A bit smaller than Sprinkles, but with a generous amount of frosting on top. The frosting was cream cheese, almost as good as doughboys in flavor. The cake itself had a read cocoa edge, definatly flavorful. Dense, but not dry, but it didn't have the softness of the sprinkles cake.
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Susie Cakes: Then, we had a potluck this weekend and someone brought in a whole selection of cupcakes from Susie Cakes. I spotted a red velvet and opted to share it with my SO. These cupcakes were the smallest ones yet. Not mini, more like kid sized. The frosting was scant, not too sweet, but not too flavorful either. But the cake was EXCELLENT. Moist, flavorful. It almost melted in your mounth. The color was the best RED I've seen... it definatly made the cake stand out.
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So while no one was perfect, the winner I think was Susie Cakes although i think it's going to be a long while before I go on an expedition like this again!