Back to Cupcake Basics
By Frosting Fanatic on February 27, 2014
It's amazing what the brain remembers. Sometimes I can't recall my password to login to an online account. However, I still know the name of the bakery a business associate recommended over five years ago.
It was Mommie Helen's Bakery in Colton, California.
Back then, I browsed their website and was introduced to Roseberry Cobbler. It's their special mixture of strawberries, boysenberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
They definitely had my attention.
Fast forward to a few days ago, when a frosting craving hit. An average day for fanatic like myself, the question was simply where to go?
For some reason, I thought of Mommie Helen's. A review of their current site confirmed they baked cakes and cupcakes too.
With my navigation set, I was on my way.
Most items at Mommie Helen's were pre-packaged, including the cupcakes. There were four basic flavors - vanilla w/vanilla buttercream, vanilla w/chocolate buttercream, red velvet, and coconut.
Each was large in size and only $2.50. At that price I could've tried them all. But common sense prevailed and I stuck with two.
Back home, I started with their Red Velvet.
Yes, you heard correctly, Red Velvet.
Now if you've been a regular reader, you know I rarely select this flavor when critiquing a baker. I've had too many disappointments, even before I began blogging, and consequently have trust issues.
Still, I decided to take a leap of faith, based on the appeal of Mommie Helen's pies.
I'm glad I did.
My first taste was frosting. Sweet, creamy, and rich.
I took another bite. More glorious frosting.
There was cake, right?
I pushed the cream cheese frosting aside and sampled the cake only.
It was moist, with a light texture and light cocoa flavor. I've had better, but it was good.
Nonetheless, the frosting was the star. With its subtle attributes, the cake was merely there to support.
I finished the Red Velvet cupcake and smiled with content.
Next I tried another classic, their Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Buttercream.
From the first bite, this cupcake reminded me why I love this combination.
The chocolate frosting was luscious, with a surprisingly silky texture. The cacao percentage had just a hint of dark chocolate.
The vanilla cake was moist, light in flavor and texture. Like the red velvet, the cake was there to support the frosting.
Even with a fork, this cupcake got a little messy, as I didn't want to miss a drop of that decadent buttercream.
At the end, I licked my fingers in delight.
I give Mommie Helen's Bakery 3.5 out of 5 stars for their cupcakes.
There's nothing fancy about their shop or their cupcakes. You won't find the fillings or fondant.
Just good cupcakes done right - back to basics.
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