I tend to not veer toward the popular. I don’t listen to popular music and I seldom catch the most popular movies or TV shows. I do, but on my schedule; once interest from the general public wanes, then I tend to head in. Just this summer, for example, I started watching Breaking Bad for the first time. (Loving it, btw.)
So this whole flurry of excitement over cupcakes? I am so late to the party.
I tried my first cupcake last summer when visiting my nieces in southern Jersey. OK, wait. Let me clarify: sure, I have had a cupcake before! I went to birthday parties as a kid! But until this last summer, I hadn’t had one of these newly designed and elite cupcakes. You know the kind: the specialty-style dipped in chocolate ganache cupcake or maple-infused bacon wonderment. In fact, that visit was the first time I had ever tried anything red velvet. For real.
This past weekend, I visited some former students in the city. We had an absolutely amazing time playing catch up over Indian food and bookstore shopping. But lemme tell you, what really cinched this play date was a trip to Brooklyn Cupcake.
My friend Gabby has been talking about this place for a good year now (if not longer). Every time someone visits the city, I see a pic of them with Gabby popping up on facebook at Brooklyn Cupcake. I was getting a bit curious.
What I liked about Gabby hosting this little trip into Brooklyn–aside from saving us the hassle of trying to figure out the NYC Subway system out of the Lower East Side of Manhattan on our own–was that some of the flavors cater to the surrounding Williamsburg neighborhood of Latin and Italian culture and Gabby clued me in. While my own Italian-American background certainly knows tiramisu, no way would I have known the tres leche flavor without asking.
With Gabby, I got the 101 on Latin flavors. And they are heavenly.
So I started, at Gabby’s urging, with the Coquito. The description,
A coconut cake soaked in a creamy coconut milk egg nog with a hint of rum flavor and topped with a mascarpone whipped cream.
does not do it justice. You think you know but you have no idea.
I bought three cupcakes while I was there. I could only eat two. um, they sprinkle red velvet cupcake on the red velvet cupcake.
I figured I would buy three more to come home with. Silly me. I ended up buying a half dozen. A half dozen on top of the two I already ate in the shop. I ate two once I got back from the city, around 9p that night. A chocolate coconut and a chocolate raspberry. The chocolate coconut had huge coconut shavings on coconut frosting. And the chocolate raspberry was a chocolate cupcake filled with raspberry preserves.
There really are no words left for me to describe how amazing these cupcakes are. Were. Because within 24 hours of leaving Brooklyn, I had eaten all half dozen cupcakes. I was a fool to think they would last. With a Chocolate Cheesecake, Guava Con Queso, Tres Leche and yet another Coquito, there was no way they would last.
Because, you think you know, but you have no idea.