I know, I know…. I talk about cupcakes way too much. But when there is a March lineup that includes Whiskey Maple Bacon, Lemon Pistachio, and Guinness Stout with Irish Cream I have to say something!
A coupon from Cupcake Royale for a free Lemon Pistachio with purchase of a coffee drink was all the persuasion I needed to get the tasting rolling. This was also the perfect opportunity to buy a Whiskey Maple Bacon cupcake and get two done in one trip.
With a powerful flavor combination of whiskey, maple, and bacon, I expected this cupcake to be in your face good. Like a manly, hefty cupcake. Unfortunately, it left a lot to be desired. The cake itself was very good, simple vanilla flecked with vanilla bean seeds. The frosting was sort of maple, sort of whiskey, but not enough of either to make it great. The bacon was incorporated only by a sprinkle of bacon pieces on top. I did get a slight throat burn from the whiskey, but overall, it was just meh. My expectations of a WHAM BAM MAPLE BACON WHISKEY cupcake were not met. Sadly, I think Trophy Cupcakes could do better (I imagine a whiskey/vanilla cake with maple frosting and an inner core of bacon pieces and maple/whiskey goo). When it comes to the combination of these three flavors, it doesn’t do well to play it safe with a dainty cupcake.
Lemon pistachio was also quite dainty, but at least that was expected. Another base of the vanilla bean cake, though this time with a hint of fresh lemon. The frosting had just the essence of pistachio. I love how dense the cupcake is, it’s much more satisfying to eat. For traditional cupcakes lovers, this would be a perfect alternative to basic vanilla, without straying too far off the minimalist path.
The Guinness Stout with Irish Cream frosting at Trophy Cupcakes was delicious. The chocolate/Guinness cake was rich and tasty, and the frosting was light with a good booziness. It was hard to taste the beer in the cake but the chocolate was heavy enough to hold up to the flavorful frosting. I thought the clover was cute and the piping job was perfect. Not many complaints about this cupcake, but one was definitely enough!
I’ve come to a conclusion about these two stores. At Trophy, the cupcakes generally have better flavor but the cake itself is fluffier so there is too much frosting to cake ratio which is probably why I think their cupcakes are too sweet. I like the denser cake at Cupcake Royale but they seem to be quieter with the flavors, and a little less adventurous in execution. With that, I promise I’ll go on a cupcake hiatus and stop talking about them for at while. Unless there is something so mind blowing I have to say something…