Archive for July, 2009

07
Jul
09

Ben and jerry’s: free sundaes

It’s BOGO on Mondays this summer. These are the brownie sundaes we had over July 4th weekend. 2 scoops of the flavor of your choice over a fresh brownie, topped with fudge or caramel and whipped cream. The brownie’s not super sweet, thankfully, or this combination would shut down your pancreas. BTW if anyone out there’s lactose intolerant, taking 2 Lactaid Fast Acts per sundae usually prevents gastrointestinal mayhem and other social gaffes.SunOnMon02sundaes

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07
Jul
09

dc cupcake wars revisited: georgetown cupcake’s lava fudge

Note: this is a multi-part series in response to the Washington Post Cupcake Wars last fall, which was clearly a farce.

https://pievcake.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/washington-post-cupcake-wars-i-demand-a-recount/

The breakdown, cake: Same as the cake in the chocolate ganache cupcake, it had that box-mix flavor and texture.

The breakdown, icing: A cream cheese icing, decently proportioned. Flavor was very sweet, could’ve used a bit of tartness.

The breakdown, lava filling: The Achilles’ heel of this cupcake. I was all psyched for an ooey, gooey chocolate center. Instead, I get something that reminds me of the flavor, consistency and aftertaste of Hershey’s syrup. It just doesn’t make any sense, given all the high-quality ingredients Georgetown Cupcake touts on its website. To borrow a quote from In Living Color, “Hated it!”

Rating: 4.9 out of 10.

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07
Jul
09

dc cupcake wars revisited: georgetown cupcake’s white chocolate raspberry

Note: this is a multi-part series in response to the Washington Post Cupcake Wars last fall, which was clearly a farce.

https://pievcake.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/washington-post-cupcake-wars-i-demand-a-recount/

The breakdown, cake: This was a seasonal flavor that’s already been replaced. Pity, because this cake was one of the better ones from Georgetown Cupcake that I’ve tried. It was dense and spongy, punctuated with bits of raspberry that added some tang. The texture reminded me of some vegan cupcakes I’ve tried. And no, that was not an insult.

The breakdown, icing: Couldn’t taste the white chocolate in this. It was a sweet cream cheese icing, good but pretty standard.

Rating: 6.8 out of 10.

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07
Jul
09

dc cupcake wars revisited: does georgetown cupcake’s chocolate ganache deserve the crown?

Note: this is a multi-part series in response to the Washington Post Cupcake Wars last fall, which was clearly a farce.

https://pievcake.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/washington-post-cupcake-wars-i-demand-a-recount/

This is purported to be the Grand Poobah of DC cupcakes, crowned king by The Washington Post in its cupcake wars.

So I gave it my utmost attention (as did Mr. X-sXe) when we taste-tested it.

The breakdown, icing: The ganache is rich, creamy and you can taste the quality of the ingredients. But there’s a stingy layer of it that leaves me wanting. (You can always scrape frosting off, but you can’t put more of it on.)

The breakdown, cake: The cake tastes too close to box mix. Light, fluffy and a not-quite-homemade flavor (even though this is homemade). I was hoping for more heft to the cake, a more dark-chocolatey flavor.

We wanted it to be so much better, to live up to the promise. But I’m afraid the emperor is stark naked, and we’re left praying to the ganache fairy.

Rating: 6.2 out of 10.

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