If you’re ever in Bellingham…

What: Peppermint Patty, German Chocolate, and Sweet Potato

Where: Katie’s Cupcakes in Bellingham, WA…Click here for directions.

For Thanksgiving this year my boyfriend and I trekked up to Bellingham, Washington to celebrate with my mom and grandma. I’d been looking forward to this visit not only to see my loved ones and indulge in the ultimate dose of comfort food, but also to try the cupcakery popular among Bellingham residents. It’s called Katie’s Cupcakes and is located in the heart of Fairhaven, a quaint, precious little town/neighborhood within Bellingham’s borders.

Katie’s Cupcakes offers mini-cupcakes, which gave me the perfect opportunity to sample three of their specialty flavors freshly baked every Friday: Peppermint Patty, German Chocolate, and Sweet Potato. With a purple polka-dot plate filled with cupcakes, I briskly headed for a seat in the corner of their shop by the window and next to a tiny little fireplace. The cupcake consuming experience in this petite storefront was quote cozy and very charming.

Taken by Alayna

First up, the Peppermint Patty mini. Chocolate cake, frosted with a peppermint butter cream, and adorably embellished with a sliver of a peppermint patty. I had high hopes for this little guy, as peppermint and chocolate seem to be one of my favorite combinations this food world has to offer.  The cake was a satisfying combination of dense, dark chocolate goodness. Definitely delicious but definitely something that very well could’ve come from a box. The frosting, unfortunately for me, was way too sweet—the peppermint flavor was a faint glimmer compared to the overpowering sugar rush of sweetness. I can’t say I was happy with this little cupcake…In short, had I purchased a regular size version of the this cupcake, I wouldn’t have been able to finish it. The Peppermint Patty garnish was adorable, nonetheless. As I’ve written before, I’m very hard to please with buttercream frostings—They are more often much too buttery or much too sweet, lacking any of the intended flavor. Sadly, Katie’s Cupcakes’ Peppermint Patty was nothing extraordinary and its frosting fell victim to the common buttercream bloopers. This cupcake deserves 2.5 NOMS out of 5.

Taken by Alayna

Next, I tried the German Chocolate mini. For those of you who are unaware of what German Chocolate should consist of, it is a chocolate cake that is topped with a Coconut Pecan frosting. It’s a molasses-y, nutty, and hearty delight that everyone should try. I couldn’t imagine a German Chocolate cupcake looking cuter and more appropriate than this one. But would the flavor match it’s delightful guise? The cake was…satisfactory. It was very dry and thus crumbled when forked…something I don’t think a cake should do. Rather, the cake should cushion your fork, offer some resistance due to its rich, fluffy construction. Aside from the cakes dryness, it had a light chocolate flavor that appropriately complimented the extraordinary Coconut Pecan frosting. I love German Chocolate cake because of the textures brought out by the fruity and nutty frosting. The chewy coconut shavings and the buttery crunch of pecans were delectable on this mini cupcake—it’s syrupy, juicy consistency completely made up for the dryness of the cake. This cupcake deserves 3.5 NOMS out of 5.

Taken by Alayna

The last cupcake was the Sweet Potato…and it’s surely safe to say I saved the best for last! The cake was PERFECTLY fluffy and moist, with a lovely (and not too rich) flavor of the sucrose earthly root vegetable that is the Sweet Potato. Ths Sweet Potato tastes must like a cornbread with a graceful tinge of sugar—warm, flaxen, and cheering. The frosting on this little gem was to-die-for…the ideal pairing for a Sweet Potato cake: a light, whipped cream cheese frosting! Om nom nom! Slightly sugary, and slightly tart, the frosting was the supreme companion to my little orange sweet potato cake and showcased flawless texture—not too runny and certainly not too thick. A delicate dashing of orange sprinkles glistened on the top, making this cupcake’s appearance as heart-warming as its taste. Such a success of a cupcake, in fact, that I was left craving a full-size Sweet Potato cupcake for the ride home! This cupcake deserves 4.5 NOMS out of 5.


December 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Reviews.

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