Sweet Passions Bakery is relatively new to the cupcake world. They do a lot of cakes for many different occasions. They even had a kiosk in the mall for a while (didn't remember this until after...)
I was pretty underwhelmed by the ambiance. Obviously, if it's right next door to the UPS, it isn't going to be in a quaint little bakery - or at least the chances of that are significantly decreased...It basically was like a little strip mall shop - didn't have a whole lot of character. The cupcakes were displayed, en masse, behind a glass screen, and they were just lined up like little soldiers. Their menu was cute, but the neon sign was a bit of a turn off to me. Overall, I would give the ambiance of this place a:
Oh well - we still have the taste portion of the interview...
Their flavor options were amazing - very creative and tempting! I ended up getting four...They were that tempting! I chose the following flavors:
and....my personal favorite sounding.....Khalua Cream with Marble Cake
I had to wait until Mike got home - I didn't want to be a cupcake-holic - eating cupcakes by myself, with my dog. That would be sad.... (I was tempted, though) It wasn't until I got home that I noticed how ENORMOUS these cupcakes were - I mean, seriously. Jumbo size.
|This is also giving us a chance to try out our new lens...|
Man, was this ever a bright cupcake! I'm a little wary of the "too red" Red Velvet cupcake, but I stated in the beginning that this would be my kind of "staple" choice - one that I would get everywhere. So, I did.
Decoration: It was topped very simply - cream cheese frosting with red velvet cake crumbles. Pretty traditional piping, and overall decoration for that matter. I know that Red Velvet is the traditional/uber popular cupcake, but I really want someone to do something cooler than just top it with cream cheese and call it a day. Since I was bored, the decoration for me got a:
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Now this was one I was really looking forward to. It reminded me of the Samoa goodness from Sift, in Napa (their only good cupcake, IMO - but isn't this all my opinion? It's my blog!)
Decoration: Like the Samoa cupcake, this one was a bit sloppy, but in very inviting way - the chocolate drizzle over the frosting looked like a delicious cookie calling my name. I thought it could have used some sort of center piece - a topper, or decoration of some kind, but other than that, it made me want to go nam nam nam!
Taste: So far, this place should rename themselves "Sweet DRY Passions" - and most passions aren't dry, so....maybe you should look into something else? Seriously - cotton mouth inducing cake. The flavor was really good - the frosting had just a hint of Khalua, which was yummy, but it was soooo dry. More butter? Sour cream? Milk? Cream? Hell - mist? Something was needed for this poor, thirsty cupcake. And for this poor thirsty sampler - luckily I just bought a gallon of milk yesterday. Overall, I would
give it a:
At the bitter (and dry) end of round 1, this is what was left...
Overall - I don't really like it when places use the same piping/frosting technique on every single cupcake. They have such different personalities - honor that by mixing up how you dress them.
Tomorrow - the pineapple and strawberry banana....