An aromatherapy cupcake: Hit or Miss?

Taken by Alayna

What: Lavender

Where: Cupcake Royale in Ballard…Click here for directions.

It was hard for me to imagine the possibility of a cupcake flavored after an aromatherapy plant like lavender, which is most noted for its smell not taste. But despite my perplexed prejudice, I was eager to try this little purple beauty out.

The first bite was shocking—no tastes of lavender, just bright notes of sugar and white.  The frosting spread simply on top was an adorable (and all too necessary) lavender hue, graced with a modest dash of white and purple sprinkles.  Its consistency was thick but not heavy, whipped but not weak, and the amount of frosting was the ultimate match for me.  I’m not much of a frosting lover (in terms of quantity.) I much prefer a medium amount that doesn’t leave me begging for salt to compensate for sweetness. This cupcake had just that amount.  The taste itself was dainty. It was sweet and had a nice granular aftertaste. Nothing too special, and nothing short of tasty. Again, it had no lavender flavor according to my taste buds, which made me wonder if it was named after its color.

The remaining bites were filled with wonder and moderate satisfaction. The cake was brilliant—the supreme blend of moist, fluffy, substantial, and succulent without being too sweet or flavorless.  All white, with a tinge of vanilla, the cake hugged my taste buds and assured them that yes, a perfect white cake does exist, behind the door of Cupcake Royale.

I give this cupcake 3.5 NOMS out of 5.  It’s drawbacks: The misnomer of a flavor, and the lack of dynamic flavor in the frosting—purple frosting atop a slightly-vanilla, well-structured sponge is tasty but nothing special.


November 30, 2009. Tags: , , . Reviews.

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