Thursday, May 31, 2012
Review: CRUMBS Red Velvet Cupcake
HOLY SMOKES these are large cupcakes! I'd heard about Crumbs cupcakes from co-workers singing their praises. Crumbs, based in NY, started out with a location in Union Station and recently opened a couple new locations in DC. Unfortunately I made the colossal mistake of looking up the calorie count of these ginormous cupcakes. That number alone was enough to keep me away because I really like it when my pants fit. I came home from my trip to Savannah and Jamie had one of my favorites waiting for me.
I've stated here that Red Velvet is my favorite cake and that I am not a big icing person The Crumbs red velvet cake was so unbelievably perfect. It was everything that you want out of a red velvet cake. It was authentic and so moist. While I was eating it (yes, I ate the whole thing in one sitting even after promising myself that I was going to save half) I told Jamie that I didn't want to smorgas* with him like we normally do. I don't even know what kind of cupcake he got, but after a bite of the red velvet it really didn't matter. I just wasn't sharing. The cake was great, the frosting was meh. Sorry crumbs fans, but this isn't the best frosting (and I don't even really like that much frosting). I wished that I had the CRUMBS cupcake with the cream cheese frosting from Georgetown Cupcake. That combination would have beat out Carlo's Bakery hands down.
My new mission is to try out all of the Red Velvet Cupcakes in DC and declare a winner. I'm going to call it the DC Red Velvet Cupcake Challenge. Hopefully I can rope Zeynep into helping me declare a winner because lord knows I don't need to eat that many cupcakes by myself! If you have a favorite bakery that makes the best red velvet, let me know and I will add them to my list. I'll keep y'all posted on my findings.
On Friday I am making my very own Red Velvet Cupcakes to take to work to share with my new colleagues. Okay, maybe it's more like I'm taking them to work because I have a fresh set of people to bake for. I might have told them during lunch that I "bake a little". Gotta keep expectations low... Pictures to come!
*Smorgas v. to strategically order two items off a menu with the intention of sharing with your spouse. Especially helpful when one of the parties can't make up their mind and it's time to order. Example: Me-- "I don't know what I want" Jamie:I'm getting X. Me: that sounds really good. Jamie: Y also sounds good. Me: You order X and I'll order Y and we can smorgas"