i was in houston for my friend's graduation from college this weekend. my mom came with me, ostensibly for a mother/daughter weekend, but i think really because she didn't want me to drive the five hours to houston by myself (turns out, she didn't let me drive at all). anywho, it was her birthday on saturday and mother's day on sunday, so i thought we would go to a gourmet cupcake place in houston to celebrate. we went to crave cupcakes, which was in the ritzy part of town by the galleria (of course- where else would a cupcakery be?). based on my prior gourmet cupcake experience, i was excited and had high hopes.
we got a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting and a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. they were a little bigger than normal cupcakes, and a little pricer than the ones at hello cupcake in dupont ($3.25 versus $3.00), but they were not nearly as good. the cake was pretty good- a little denser than usual cake, but not like pound cake. however, the frosting was a little on the gritty side. i mean, it wasn't terrible, it just wasn't as smooth as the frosting at hello cupcake. when i "chewed" the frosting, i could feel a little sugary grit.
overall assessment: not that crazy about crave cupcakes, and can't wait to get cupcakes from hello cupcake again.
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