The cupcake crawl continued.
I started my San Francisco crawl by hitting up Kara’s Cupcakes. Remember how much I loved the passion fruit cupcake? Moist cake and tart filling. BUT horrible frosting. Well… I went back for more. It was a DISASTER. Seriously…the following two cupcakes were carefully selected… they looked appealing, their descriptions elevated them even more, and well… I needed to see if Kara’s could redeem itself (at least frosting wise).
YAK. Both chocolate cupcakes tasted like a cake mix… and the frostings… the ganache was too thick, the caramel filling was burnt. The blackberry buttercream was overwhipped again… and I’m convinced… absolutely convinced that they use lard.
Kara’s Cupcakes are not recommended if you’re partaking in your own San Francisco cupcake crawl.
At this point I’d already sampled the best cupcake ever – miette‘s old fashioned chocolate and Italian meringue frosting. So I went back and grabbed their gingerbread cupcake (gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting).
OMG. It was delish! The gingerbread was nice and spicy – full of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. It was full of flavour – cut by the simple cream cheese frosting – nice and tart. Complimentary to the spiciness of the cake. Not as good as their old fashioned chocolate but a close second.
At this point Marianne told me about another little bakery – that takes the cake – hand frosted memories. Sounds cute eh? We both thought so too. Off we went to the other end of town… ending up in a charming little bakery, full of beautiful cupcakes. It was a little overwhelming… we narrowed it down to a few… but still couldn’t decide between:
We ordered one of each :0) We immediatley sampled the prom queen – delish. The cake was filled with fresh strawberry goodness, was super moist and the buttercream was creamy and smooth. Excellent! We then sampled the gentlemen prefer reds – red velvet cake. YUM.
We waited before sampling the other two… and were… disappointed. Marianne loved the frosting for the razzle dazzle, according to her, “the best frosting so far – exactly what a frosting should be: thick and smooth. And pretty.” But both of us weren’t wowed by the cupcake… it was blah. Nothing outstanding about it…. especially after having sampled the first two cupcakes (which were so excellent).
The funky monkey was… not a winner either. The cake was a little dry and was too heavy. I really wanted to like it… but I just didn’t.
If in San Francisco I would recommend a stop at that takes the cake – if only for the friendly service (we met one of the owners – super nice, great customer service) and to try their red velvet. It was good. Really good. Plus… all the cupcakes look so pretty in their display.
After several days of cupcake sampling my stomach is finally on revolt… I think I hit my limit (hence the title of this blog… too much of a good thing isn’t always great)… but then again… give me a couple of days and I’m sure I’ll be ready to hit up another cute, retro, fun little bakery and sample their baked goods… especially in the cupcake form.