Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cupcake Roundup: Alice's Teacup

I'm a big fan of tea at Alice's Teacup. They make a mean scone. Their cupcakes certainly look scrumptious, but how do they taste? Reviews and more pics after the .

Going to Alice's is always a treat. The shop is adorable. The people that work there are super nice. And when you get a scone to go, they offer you a little container of clotted cream and jam! Awesome.

When I arrived, they had an assortment of cupcakes: Banana Chocolate Cupcakes, Banana Blueberry Cupcakes, Black Bottom Cupcakes, Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting, Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting, and Red Velvet Cupcakes. The Banana Chocolate Cupcakes had a tiny dot of frosting and Banana Blueberry Cupcake had no frosting whatsoever. Can a cupcake be a cupcake without frosting? Don't know about that...

After some deliberation I got a Black Bottom Cupcake, a Red Velvet and a classic Vanilla Cupcake with Buttercream Frosting to go.

While Alice's might not necessarily be as known for their cupcakes as some other NYC cupcakeries, they definitely know their cupcakes. I always worry about the post-purchase cupcake transit. There are few things as sad as smooshed frosting. But fear not! Alice's has your back. Their cupcakes come packed in special cupcake containers. Two cupcakes to a box. Special recessed cupcake holders. Nice. If I'm paying $2.50 a cupcake, it's nice to have the peace of mind that they will make it to their final destination in tact.

Yesterday was a cupcake eating kind of day so, after my post-work Cucina & Co Sugar Bomb with FinanceDude, I needed a little bit of a break and some savory sustenance, so I met up with my friend, Mr. Hungry, for a sushi dinner and then on to dessert.

First up: the Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.

Mr. Hungry and I were in total agreement. The frosting was excellent. Sweet, but not too sweet. The cake was pleasant but dry.

Next: the Red Velvet. The cake was much more moist than the Vanilla Cupcake and had a hint of lemon. When I make Red Velvet, I usually use vinegar to get the reaction with the baking soda. So the lemon accent was unexpected, but pleasant. Mr. Hungry and I both felt that the cream cheese frosting was a bit too sweet, but I did love the way that they piped it in a flower shape. Cute!

Last: the Black Bottom Cupcake. This was our hands down favorite. The chocolate cake was perfectly moist. And the cream cheese filling was perfectly sweetened. Not your traditional cupcake, but a real winner and I would definitely go back for it (and to sample the other cupcakes). Click for more cupcake pics.


the southern hostess said...

I love Alice's! I always go for the scones, but next time I'm there...I'm branching out with a black bottom cupcake.

Brownie said...

Go for it! Their scones are hard to beat, but their cupcakes are definitely worth a try. I'd like to sample that mint black bottom one myself sometime...

madley's mom said...

Thank you for writing this. I am one of the owners of Alice's Tea Cup and we love this! We are just now putting together our first cookbook and would love to possibly use this in it?! If you are interested in giving us the ok on this, please email me THANKS!!!