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East End Cupcakes, Popular Varieties are Lacking

10 Aug

Salted Caramel and Red Velvet Cupcakes

When I was walking around the Old Port last weekend I started craving something sweet. I wasn’t really in the mood for my usual ice cream fix, so I racked my brain to think of something I hadn’t tried yet. Then it hit me! I was at an event for Dress for Success and Mainely Mara said that East End Cupcakes on Fore Street are to die for. I decided to see how my taste buds felt about them.

I walked into this unassuming shop by Condom Sense around noon. There was no one in the shop besides the lady behind the counter. She greeted me very warmly. I looked at the assortment, which I felt was slightly lacking and started asking about additional offerings, which is how I found out they make Red Velvet and I was DYING to try it (it was not out on the counter and there were no signs advertising all the different combinations they carry=frustrating). I decided to go for one Red Velvet and a Chocolate one with Salted Caramel icing.

She packed up my selections to go so Mark and I could savor these puppies at home. I must say, the Salted Caramel icing was extremely light and fluffy, but it hardly had a caramel flavor at all. It almost tasted like salted vanilla icing to me. The chocolate cupcake was a bit dry too—needless to say I was disappointed. The Red Velvet was better, but not by much. The cream cheese icing was good, but almost seemed like it was just a runnier version of Duncan Hines, and again, the cupcake was too dry. Call me crazy, but I like my cupcakes moist!

Overall, for $2.25 a cupcake, it didn’t stand out to me. Mara must have had something I didn’t try yet, because I know that lady knows her stuff in and around Portland, so for that fact alone, I will return at a later date.

*Sigh* Until then, I’ll be trying somewhere else for my cupcake fix.


Chocoholics and Alcoholics Unite!

26 Apr

A few nights ago Mark and I were craving something sweet and savory. We had recently heard a rumor that Portland has a Bar of Chocolate, yes that would be a bar dedicated to all things chocolate! Immediately we knew we had to check it out.

Little did we know that this little Wharf Street gem would not only have a case full of amazing homemade desserts, but they also have Absinthe. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the much-loved, made famous in France, neon green liqueur let me tell you–it’s not for the faint of heart! I have had it numerous times, and the overwhelming flavor of anise (black licorice) makes me despise it every single time. Mark, on the other hand, loves it. Since he hadn’t had it in a while he decided he had to have one of the bar’s unique concoctions, which is aptly named ‘Death in the Afternoon.’ So, at our candlelit table Mark proceeded to have a drink that would make anyone buzzed after a single serving: Champagne mixed in equal parts with Absinthe.  A true, liqueur’s quicker glass.

Death in the Afternoon

I decided on something sensible to go with my dessert–an Argentinean Malbec. So, while Mark happily swilled down his beloved green poison, I sipped my wine. Then, our cake was delivered!

Salted Caramel Cake

We decided to go with the salted caramel cake since we had come in craving something sweet and savory. While the cake itself is a bit dry for my taste, the icing and the salted caramel on top clearly makes up for any moistness that the cake is lacking. It’s simply amazing. I find myself craving it once a week…so between there and Red’s Dairy I will weigh 1000 pound by Labor Day.

So, stop in The Bar of Chocolate, by Cinque Terre on Wharf street. It’s great for pre-or-post-dinner drinks and/or dessert!

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