Monday, June 13, 2011

Cupkates - Salted Caramel Cupcake

My three-year-old loves cupcakes (what three-year old-doesn't?), and he knows what the Cupkates box looks like, so I can't trick him by telling him that it's something else. He knows the box, and he knows the truck. I told him that we were bringing the cupcakes home and that he couldn't have one until he washed his hands. Two seconds after he was done washing I was treated to shouts of "I want my cupcake!!" and I practically had to fight him for a taste of the Salted Caramel cupcake once I opened the box.

Salt and caramel is such a great combination but has really only entered the American culinary scene in the past couple of decades. Its origin comes from French pastry shops, but during the '90s American chefs introduced the taste to their eaters. From there this flavor marriage took off, and now salted caramels can be found anywhere from high-end chocolatiers to your drink at the neighborhood Starbucks.

Left: S'mores, Right: Salted Caramel
The Cupkates Salted Caramel cupcake is chocolate based, topped with a caramel frosting and sprinkled with sea salt. My cupcake didn't quite survive its car ride home (hubby put the box on the floor), so it was a bit smooshed by the time I took it out of the box. Still, the (now) poor aesthetics didn't affect the flavor! The chocolate cake was moist and fresh, highlighting the cupcake's few and simple quality ingredients. The caramel frosting was subtle and sugary, the perfect addition to the decadent base. The flakes of sea salt added just the right amount of earthiness to the palate, highlighting both the toastiness of the caramel and the richness of the chocolate.

Cupkates cupcakes are so light and fresh I could consume one after another! I like to know that I am also eating quality, local ingredients such as Madagascar Bourbon vanilla from Santa Cruz, Guittard chocolate, and Clover Farms sweet cream butter and milk. One can't go wrong with one of Kate's delicious treats. I just wished that she brought more to Off the Grid because they are often sold out by the time I get there. In addition to the regular menu Cupkates also offers a monthly seasonal special, so there is always something new to try.

Rating: 3.5/5 (ratings guide)

Cupkates (@cupkatestruck) $3.00 per cupcake.

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Does reading this make you want to try this vendor? Tell them that you saw them at I Left My Cart in San Francisco and support San Francisco street cuisine!

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