It didn’t take long for my sweet tooth to try its first Houston treat! I was pleasantly surprised by a set of Crave Cupcakes brought to me at dinner from my new friend Joe. I did my research before coming and I knew how reputable Crave Cupcakes are in Houston. Needless to say, I jumped with joy! (at least I jumped off the couch and couldn’t wait until AFTER dinner to try)
The cupcake up to the test was the Italian Cream – a Vanilla butter cake with toasted coconut and walnuts, topped with a sweet mascarpone cream cheese frosting.
Cakes with mixins are always a bit tricky to get right. A baker must be careful to cook the cake without letting the filled pieces dry out the cake, make it too moist, or sink to the bottom. The vanilla butter cake had a richer flavor than typical vanilla cake. I didn’t care for the toasted coconut, however, the walnuts were a nice crunch. But, the cake immediately surrounding the walnut pieces (especially the bigger pieces), was a bit doughy. However, the rest of the cake cooked well.
Wow, what a delicious twist to the cream cheese frosting! The addition of the mascarpone cheese made the frosting creamier than your typical cream cheese. I loved it! I couldn’t have enough of the frosting!
Very simple, modern decorations. Each cupcake had a button with the imprint of a stand-up mixer. Underneath was an accent color button. I enjoyed that the frosting was spread edge-to-edge. It’s very important for every bit of cake to have frosting.
I didn’t like the top-to-bottom cake ratio. The top over-extended from the base of the cake which gave the perception of a bigger cupcake. Also, that shape makes it difficult to grab the cake out of the box.
Yum, yum, yum! This was a very tasty cake! I also tried their red velvet and dark chocolate. Both delicious!
I can’t wait to visit a Crave Cupcakes shop. First of all, you can see all the action of the baking and decorating of the cupcakes! Also, they offer “breakfast” cupcakes and their own special blend of coffee. Their menu changes daily, so there’s something new to try each day!
1151-06 Uptown Park Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
5600 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77005
Ph: 713-62-CRAVE (27283)