So, after work today, before a pizza at Tutta Bella, we ventured up Queen Anne Hill to Wink Cupcakes to check them out. It was cute. You can watch them at least decorate the cupcakes while you have a cupcake at one of the little tables inside. They also have ice cream if you are lactose tolerant. They have a Red Velvet Mocha and a Buttercream Latte as fancy coffee choices. You can buy cupcake bath fizzes and Bella Couture cupcake wrappers. If I hadn’t been starving and anxious for my Salerno Salad and pizza, I might have had my cupcake while sitting at a little white cafe table (I brought along the camera) and tried the Buttercream Latte. (I wonder if they put red dye in the Red Velvet Mocha.) Instead I got my cupcakes to go, packaged in little Chinese food take out containers.
The other flavor choices that I noticed today: chocolate peanut butter, Red Velvet, and vanilla. There might have been more, but I was on a speedy mission and didn’t take notes.
The “Rock of Love” cupcake was described as a chocolate jalapeno cake topped with chili lime butter cream. The cake definitely contained some jalapeno, but not enough chocolate. I had a bit of a flashback to sharing nachos at the movies with one of my friends. She always ate the jalapenos, but there was always some juice left on my part. Were these jalapenos canned? I really liked the butter cream, though. It seemed like a meringue butter cream. It wasn’t overly sweet and was very smooth. The lime flavor was distinct, but I didn’t notice any chili. The cake was better when eaten in tandem with the icing, not a bare sample as I tried initially. Rating: ♥ 1/2. I probably wouldn’t pay for this cupcake again; but if passed at a party, I’d lick the icing off before putting it back on the tray.
The mini vanilla cupcake was okay. The icing was nice. The cake was moist and flavorful, but I didn’t like the texture- too spongy. Rating: ♥♥.
I think that Wink deserves a second look. Their vanilla icing is better than Yellow Leaf, the cake might be better than Trophy.