I have been a huge fan of The Cupcake Lady’s cupcakes ever since I tried a couple at Gina’s birthday party last year. They really are “heaven in paper cups”! Imagine my joy when I saw that there was an opportunity to be a beta tester for one of her new creations… Doubly so since Nico’s birthday was approaching and I had not yet thought of a birthday gift, nor had the time to bake anything for his office. Perfect.
The inspiration for this beta test was chocolate, how divine. It was not easy to choose just one item, but those were the rules so…
Here’s the list of chocolate temptations:
- Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Butter Icing
- Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge
- Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies
- Perfect chocolate chip cookies
- Rolo Brownie Bites with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
ALL of the goodies sounded delicious, but since Nico and I have been on a quest for the perfect chocolate brownie I knew I had to go with that one.
I received 18 brownie bites, and tasted about 3 or 4 of them for this review, the rest went to Nico’s office.
Ok, so on to the review of the brownie bites…
These brownies are delicious, and ultra sweet. They are very close to the “perfect” brownie Nico and I have been looking for with a fudgy consistency rather than a cakey one. The brownie is nicely chocolatey, a little crumbly, and contains nuts - walnuts and pecan I think. Add to that a gooey Rolo caramel center, yum. The cream cheese frosting adds a hint of sour to balance the sweet of the brownie, however I’m not sure it adds enough contrast to justify its presence. These bites could easily be served without it. Being bites they are quite tiny, I felt that I had hardly savoured the full flavour of the bite before it was gone. I would suggest making them slightly bigger, perhaps a mini-bar instead.
Similar feedback was received from Nico’s colleagues. The bites were described as “fantastic”, “a foodgasm”, “very rich rather than sweet”, and “it is absolutely awful that there are so few of them”. As for the size, the general consensus was that the brownie should be bigger - about three bites in the shape of a bar.
So there you have it! What a treat to be able to trial these delicious desserts. I really hope that I’ll get another chance to try some more of The Cupcake Lady’s creations in the future.