Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sugarbaby's Cupcakes Review

I spent my Labor Day like any true American--eating. And in Texas.

Though I haven't lived in Houston for 7 years now, I still consider it home. Maybe that's 'cus my parents live there, maybe it's 'cus I want to be affiliated with the plethora of cupcake shops that have opened over the past couple years. The point is, cupcakes have swept the nation, mmkay? And Texas is no exception.

I know of two shops in Houston currently (Sugarbaby's and the new Crave Cupcakes), and there's more on the way, including the West Coast phenom Sprinkles Cupcakes, which will debut a new shop in the shwanky Highland Village area this fall.

So, if you had one guess, what do you think we did as soon as I got off the plane? ONE. GUESS.

We got barbeque, duh!

Okay, then what? Alright, yes, then we went for cupcakes at Sugarbaby's, y'all!!
The inside of the shop looks like Paris Hilton and Marie Antoinett's love child threw up. Translation: it's haute.
These plastic cupcake-shaped thingies are cupcake holders. They're meant to hold your cupcake in place whilst en route from one place where you'd eat a cupcake to another. As cute (and realistic) as these are, they actually destroy your pretty cupcake by piercing them directly through the middle. But they're cute and let's face it, looks are really all that matter, so I took a picture.
This case was filled with their chocolate-covered-cherry-topped Velvet Rouge cupcake, chocolate espresso cupcakes, and carrot cupcakes (they're riiiiiiight there in the lower corner. Hello carrot!)
What you see here is the Dippity Do Da cupcake, a chocolate cupcake topped with vanilla icing, dunked in chocolate ganache and topped yet again with a star of vanilla icing.
I'm having dreams about these white chocolate macadamia nut cupcakes. The "I'm flying and just won a million dollars and Don Draper is in love with me!!" kinds of dreams...
They dress up boring vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with fun colors and sprinkles. It's really just the right thing to do.
 
Should they not allocate enough sprinkles to your cupcake, then you can sprinkle your greedy little heart out at the sprinkle bar:
I'm seriously considering getting one of these for my apartment. Every corner of my apartment.
Noticeably absent from their selection were gluten free and vegan options. I suppose I'm a spoiled city slicker, as almost every dining/cupcake establishment in the DC area has at least one special diet option on the menu. I find this a severe oversight, seeing as my mom has a gluten allergy.

So as not to embarass my family, I won't get into how rude I thought the girl working the counter was when I asked if they had a gluten free cupcake. I especially won't get into the snarl that so readily appeared on her face when I deigned to ask about a vegan cupcake option. Oh, and I should probably leave out that they snapped at us when we were making up our minds whether it was for here or to go. Yeah, I'll just leave that part out.

Can't you see how excited he is to try a German Chocolate cupcake for the first time? He must not be from the south, otherwise this would have been a staple of his diet from birth. I forget where he's from. We're dating, but I mean, I really don't pay attention to the details of his life.
Brace yourself, as these are the people who make all this possible:
I made my dad show off his white chocolate macadamia nut cupcake, which disappeared mere moments after I snapped the shot.
And here's my beautiful mom, enjoying a nice big dallop of the only gluten free option on the menu: Cream Cheese frosting. She was pleased.
And here's me, in all my post-3-hour-plane-ride glory. I still posed for the papparazzi. After all, any press is good press.
And finally, my cupcake of choice: white chocolate chip cupcake, topped with white chocolate buttercream and crushed macadamie nuts.

It was fantastic. Overly sweet, yes, but that's how I like it.

The cake was flawless--no air pockets, lots of white chocolate chips. Schedule your dentist appointment now, because that icing will rot your teeth, but hey, cavities are like, totally in for the fall. I do wish the macadamia nuts had been saltier, it would have made a nice combination with the cupcake, but that's the only thing I'd change.

Well, that and the impatient help behind the counter.

I will definitely go back, but I think southern hospitality has gone the way of the north at Sugarbaby's, at least the day we went. If the cashiers would just step back, take a look at where they work, a place of magic, endless possibilities, and free from diets, then they would realize how lucky they are to be alive!! Embrace it my Sugarbaby's.

Be free!!!!! Be gluten free even, and ye shall prosper!!

1 comment:

lyndsay said...

heehee! great post. your mom looks like she could be your older sis!!

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