Posted at 8:29 pm
So perhaps as a joke, Mr Shuck brought home a box of Hostess Cupcakes for me to review. My first observation is that Hostess Cupcakes are a bargain! $2.99 for 8! My initial cupcake was completely consumed, so I guess it’s not THAT bad, considering I have left some cupcakes on the plate recently. (By this very act, I think I have demonstrated to myself that I’m not a cupcake snob.) The cake is okay….it’s moist and chocolatey…a little sticky in the teeth. The icing, on the other hand, is HORRIBLE! It tastes like plastic and has a waxy texture. The white filling doesn’t have a lot of flavor. I assume it’s sweetened shortening or something. It adds a nice mushiness in the center.
Last night, I made ganache as I intended to make cupcakes tonight, but am not in the mood now. I made 1/2 with cinnamon and ancho chili powder and the other half just plain. It hardened up a bit too much, so I added some warm cream today in an attempt to increase the fat content and have it cool down softer for baking tomorrow. The last 2 Hostess cupcakes ended up drenched in warm ganache: plain for me and spicy for Mr Shuck. I must say that a Hostess cupcake topped with slightly warm ganache is AMAZING. You can’t taste the plastic icing when it’s covered with Callebaut bittersweet chocolate ganache.
I wish I had taken the time to take a picture before cramming the yumminess down my gullet.
Posted at 3:59 pm
I guess in response to my bringing a cupcake and NOT sharing, the Boss brought back 2 cupcakes after lunch for the 5 of us to taste. Said cupcakes were from Sugar Bakery and Cafe a few blocks from work. Since I had the equipment available, these frumpy cupcakes entered the photo studio:
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Red Velvet from Sugar Bakery
Hostess wanna-be from Sugar Bakery
I don’t think I’d walk a few blocks for these cupcakes. Granted, I am probably biased since I experience cupcakes made by bakeries that specialize in cupcakes. (And to my aunt, cupcakes are NOT just little cakes.) I tried the red velvet just to make 100% sure that I don’t like red velvet cake. It tasted like red dye as I expected. The cream cheese icing was good: nice and creamy with a sour, citrus note. The cupcake was touted as “filled with truffle”, but the filling seemed to be a spread on top below the icing. Granted, I only had 1/4 of a cupcake, but got only a trace of chocolatey goodness. My feelings about red velvet are unchanged.
The second cupcake was a Hostess® wanna-be. I wanted to like it, I really did. It was like a homely dog in need of love. Unfortunately, this dog had fleas. The chocolate cake was dry and there was a only a dime-sized dollop of cream inside. Once again, not enough to be considered “filled”. The icing was good; it reminded me of the cooked chocolate icing my grandmother used to make. Fudgy. I almost think I would have rather had an honest to goodness, extremely processed Hostess® cupcake.
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