On the afternoon of April 17, aka Tax Day, my husband and I took a short drive to Tigard, Oregon to visit PF Chang’s which is located in the Bridgeport Village Mall. (My review of our visit to PF Chang’s will be published soon!) After lunch, we walked across the way to visit Sweetest Thing Cupcakes because … well, I Love Cupcakes!
Order: 2 cupcakes – Lady in Red ($2.50) from their Daily Menu and Turtle Cheesecake ($2.75) from their Tuesday/Saturday Special Menu. Also, I ordered a cake pop ($2.25) for my youngest daughter. Since the cake pop actually managed to arrive intact to my daughter (I didn’t even sneak a bite!), I can only tell you what she thought of it, which was “It was good.” When I attempted to get more details, I was told “I don’t know! It just tasted good.” She’s ten… but, somehow she’s already managed to get the attitude of a teen-ager.
What I Think:
I haven’t had a lot of luck with Red Velvet cupcakes, but, I’ve really WANTED to like them. They’re so popular, it seems, and it would also seem that every cupcake bakery has a Red Velvet cupcake. But to be honest, I’ve never really understood it. I never really got it. Red Velvet, well… tasted just kind of… meh. I love the frosting, which is typically a cream cheese frosting. But, the cake part just never really made me jump up and down with excitement … and I felt like I should be jumping up and down with excitement with a red velvet cupcake because it’s basically a cupcake (like ’em) with a light chocolate flavor (um… LIKE chocolate, uh huh)… so then, why don’t I love red velvet more than I do?
Well, that all changed this evening when I tasted Sweetest Thing’s Lady In Red cupcake! This cupcake is not “meh” … it is YUMMEH!
The cake is light and moist, and it had a red-brown color to it. I could taste the chocolate, and yes, the chocoholic in me was kinda sorta saying … “hey, more chocolate please!” but since I realize that red velvet is only lightly chocolate, I wasn’t upset by the light chocolate flavor here. I was pleased by the balance of flavor, it didn’t taste too heavy or cloying. It has a very palate pleasing taste with just the right amount of acidity to offset the sweet flavor of chocolate, and also the sweetness of the decadent cream cheese frosting. To top this cute cupcake off there was a little flower on top, made of a paste of some sort.
After finishing this cupcake, I thought that there was no way the Turtle Cheesecake could top it and I saved that one for last because I knew I’d love it … so that is to say that I really LOVED the Lady in Red … and I can now happily say that I like red velvet cupcakes.
But, I quickly forgot about how stunning the Lady in Red was after my first bite of the Turtle Cheesecake cupcake. Oh. My. Goodness!
I had cut this cupcake in half with the intention of sharing it with my husband. But, as he was asking me how good it was, I had already started to bite into his half of the cupcake. (Sorry my love!) And I told him this: “It is really good. I would share it with you, but it’s too good to share, and I want it.” So, I ate his half too.
And, I might feel guilty about that if it hadn’t tasted SO GOOD. But, it did, so I don’t.
The cupcake was rich and moist and deeply chocolate. It was filled with a deliciously creamy caramel filling, topped with a bit of cheesecake-like filling, and then frosted with a rich chocolate cream frosting, and topped with crunchy toasted pecans.
Seriously … that was one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever tasted in my life. And my only regret is NOT that I didn’t share it, but that I didn’t buy more than just one of them.
My Final Thoughts:
I am very happy that I had the chance to visit Sweetest Thing, and I will be definitely be bugging my husband to return … hopefully next time on a Sunday, so that I can try their Breakfast in Bed and their Salted Caramel cupcakes. And this time, I’ll remember to get my husband a cupcake or two, as well.