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Breakfast at Nadia’s

5 Sep

Breakfast at Nadias

A maple cinnamon cake topped with whip cream, a mini waffle and a maple syrup drizzle.

Filled:              no

Overall: Every girl and woman wants to be as elegant Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.  Alas, many of us can’t afford it, but this is a better substitute in my opinion!  Moist and flavorful and, paired with an iced coffee, is perfect for breakfast at Nadia’s or your favorite park.

Cupcake:  the maple syrup added to the cake makes it nice and moist while the cinnamon swirl gives it a bit of extra spice

Frosting: a heaping lot, but in a good way!  the creaminess has an extra touch of sweetness from the drizzle of syrup.

Rating: 5 cupcakes

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

1 Sep

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

A caramel cheesecake, graham cracker crust, topped with whip cream, caramel and Tahitian vanilla sea salt.

Filled:              no

Overall: oh my, this cupcake is superdelicious!  I’m a huge fan of both caramel and cheesecake, so this is a definite winner!  The sweetness of the caramel cheesecake is well-portioned with the whip cream, while the salt gives it a smidgen of contrast in the flavors.

Crust: could taste the flavor of the waffle cone and the butter flavor was very mild, the crust itself was not crumbly

Cheesecake: smooth with a sweet and delicious caramel filling

Filling:  creamy with a touch of sweetness from the caramel

Rating: 5 cupcakes

Key Lime Cheesecake

16 Aug

Key Lime Cheesecake

New York Cheesecake made with lots of lime juice, sitting on top of a graham cracker crust topped with whip cream and graham crackers.

Filled:              no

Overall:  I loved the bright color of this cupcake.  So often, when I think of cheesecake, it’s always a vanilla cheesecake with fruit topping of some sort.  Not that there’s nothing wrong with that, but this was a refreshing change.  The flavor had just the right amount of tartness to it to make you pucker, but was cooled down by the whip cream.  A definite summer-time cheesecake!

Crust: nice and moist with a light buttery flavor to it

Cheesecake: nice smooth consistency with nice tart flavor that’s not too strong

Topping:  sweet whip cream with a touch of butteriness to it from the graham crackers

Rating: 5 cupcakes

Ratings-5

Honey Lavender

15 Aug

Honey Lavender

A vanilla bean cake baked with honey and frosted with a subtle lavender infused butter cream.

Filled:              no

Overall: so I was very hesitant at first about this cupcake.  I’ve heard of using lavender in cooking before but had never tried it.  On top of that, I’m not a big fan of the smell of lavender.   Put that all together, and I had no idea what to expect from this cupcake.  Surprisingly enough, I was quite pleased with this cupcake.  The honey compliments the lavender and helps subdue it’s lasting intense flavor slightly.  It’s definitely made me a fan of lavender!

Cupcake: super moist cake with a subtle hint of clover flavor from the honey

Frosting: the flowery taste is light and delicate at first, but grows more intense with time and it kind of has a woodsy flavor to it as well

Rating: 4 cupcakes

Ratings-4

The Walter White (aka Walter White)

11 Aug

Walter White

A white chocolate cake with white chocolate butter cream frosting.

Filled:              no

Overall:  Looks can be deceiving, and this cupcake certainly proves that point! At first glance, it appears to be simple, but this “alter ego of the Heisenberg”, is anything but!  Even though both the cupcake and frosting have some richness to them, together, they’re not too much and is quite delicious.  The cupcake offsets the frosting, making it somewhat light and refreshing at the same time.  This would go perfect with an iced coffee or some hot cocoa, depending on the season!

Cupcake: moist but yet fluffy, with a slight richness to it

Frosting: creamy with an intense sweetness that just melts away in your mouth

Rating: 5 cupcakes

Ratings-5

Key Lime (aka Key Lime Pie)

2 Aug

Key Lime

Made with fresh squeezed lime juice and zest, topped with key lime butter cream frosting and rimmed in graham crackers.

Filled:              no

Overall: you would think that tart lime on top of tart lime would be too much tartness.  Nope!  I think it’s because the frosting, even though it’s not overly sweet, is just sweet enough to cut back on the over-all tartness of this cupcake.  This cupcake has a delicious flavor to it and makes me think of my boyfriend’s mother who just LOVES key lime pie.

Cupcake:  i find that, for me, lime flavors tend to linger around in my mouth a while so that all I taste after that is tart.  Not so with this cupcake!  You get a nice burst of tartness but then it fades away leaving a pleasant after taste.

Frosting: nice tart lime flavor that isn’t too strong and cuts back on the sweetness that you normally would have with frosting

*also available in gluten free

Rating: 5 cupcakes

Ratings-5

Coconut Lime Verbena

1 Aug

Coconut Lime Verbena

A coconut lime cake made with coconut milk lime zest and lime juice topped with an almond cream cheese frosting and rolled in coconut flakes and almond slivers.

Filled:              no

Overall: the first words out of my mouth when I ate this cupcake were…..oh my!  the lime flavor just pops in your mouth, and then it’s “cooled” down by the sweet almond frosting

Cupcake: super moist cake with a nice tartness to it from the lime with an underlying touch of sweetness from the coconut milk, but it doesn’t add a strong coconut flavor to it

Frosting: sweet with a bit of crunch to it.  the almond flavoring in the frosting is enhanced by a deeper nuttiness from the almond slivers, providing you with two separate nutty flavors

*also available in gluten free

Rating: 5 cupcakes

Trix

30 May

Trix

A cherry 7up cake with lemon cream cheese frosting and rolled in Trix.

Filled:              no

Overall: when I was younger, one of my favorite bedtime snacks was having vanilla ice cream topped with cereal.  Now that I’m older, I enjoy that same treat but with yogurt instead.  This cupcake reminds me exactly of Trix cereal with lemon yogurt.  Perfect for any breakfast!

Cake: moist cake that tastes exactly like Trix cereal with a sweet fruity flavor

Frosting: light refreshing lemon flavor, with the cereal giving it a bit of crunch

Rating: 5 cupcakes

Ratings-5

Peanut Butter & Jelly

20 May

Peanut Butter & Jelly

A white cake filled with raspberry preserves topped with peanut butter cream cheese frosting.

Filled:              yes

Overall: what kid didn’t grow up on PB&J sandwiches?  I know I often had them on a daily basis for my school lunches.  For a while there, I actually got sick of them, but maybe that was because my mom switched to crunch peanut butter, when I happen to prefer creamy.  Anyways, onto the cupcake…at first glance, you expect a traditional white cake with peanut butter frosting on it.  But then, when you get to the center, surprise!  You discover a burst of flavor from the raspberry jelly and it all makes sense!  The peanut butter frosting does tend to be the dominate flavor, but since I’m a fan of creamy peanut butter, I certainly didn’t mind.  So one question remains, why couldn’t PB&J sandwiches taste like this when I was a kid?

Cake: a delicious take on a traditional white cake

Filling:  good, sweet raspberry flavor with jelly-like texture

Frosting: so delicious!  it’s got a wonderful peanut butter flavor and very smooth

*also available in gluten free

Rating: 5 cupcakes

Ratings-5

Pina Colada

16 May

Pina Colada

A pineapple cake topped with rum butter cream frosting and coconut flakes.

Filled:              no

Overall: all three flavors, even though they are mild, are delicious together.  I could just imagine myself sitting out in the back yard sipping away, if this was an actual drink.

Cupcake: very moist cupcake with bits of crushed pineapple still in it that gives it some extra texture.  the cupcake itself has a good flavor that’s not too strong

Frosting: the rum flavor is distinguishable, but mild, and is complimented by the sweetness of the coconut flakes

Rating: 5 cupcakes

Ratings-5

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