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Cupcakes: A Sweet Valentine at Auntie Em’s

Feb 8, 2015

Auntie_Ems_Valentines_cupcakesWe have a loved one who is mad about red velvet anything, so when we say Auntie Em’s touting their red velvet cupcakes, and as Valentine’s Day shall soon be here and we might want a V-Day treat for said loved one, we headed toward Eagle Rock Boulevard ready for a taste test.

Little did we expect that we’d be walking out with a box of cupcakes and bags of other choice goodies. A taste-testing bonanza was in our near future.

 

Red velvet cupcake: The frosting was declared by our red velvet snob as “very good.” The cupcake was a smidgen dry, but she readily approved of the flavor.

Red velvet cupcake; photo courtesy of Auntie Em's

Red velvet cupcake; photo courtesy of Auntie Em’s

 

Chocolate cupcake: The chocolate cake is phenomenally delicious. The chocolate flavor is pronounced, in the best possible way. Our teenage taste tester’s comment: “This isn’t frosting; it’s mousse.” The frosting is indeed rich beyond belief and could be a dessert all its own.

Coconut cupcake: Nothing to complain about, though nothing to truly rave about either.

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Carrot cake cupcake: Incredibly, wonderfully moist. Traditional and delicious carrot cake spice flavor with a tangy cream cheese frosting. Well done.

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Huge, flat chocolate chip cookie: Not the cake-y type of chocolate chip cookie, which suits us fine. Crunchy, chewy; can taste the brown sugar and butter. Large chunks of chocolate that would object to being labelled “chips.” It’s large enough to share with half the neighborhood, but we’re feeling big-hearted (it’s almost Valentine’s Day, after all).

Fruit bar with shortbread crust: Another huge dessert. Could easily feed a family of four. We’d lobby for a bit more fruit in the middle layer and perhaps more butter in the shortbread crust.

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Chocolate doo-hickey, of which we forgot the name: Teenage consultant says, “Absolute favorite. Perfectly made. Chewy on the inside and a little crunchy on the outside. Not too sweet; don’t feel like you’re drowning in chocolate. A perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. It’s lovely.”

 

Auntie Em’s Kitchen, 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., L.A. 90041. Tel.: 1.323.255.0800. Breakfast and lunch menu. Kitchen hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Bakery hours: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. AuntieEmsKitchen.com.

Top right, photo of cupcakes courtesy of Auntie Em’s Kitchen.

 

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