The final location on the Cupcake Challenge was in Rochester's Park Avenue neighborhood last night. Christine of Finding Abundance in Everyday Life and I went to Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe inside La-Tea-Da! Tea Room & Parlour. We had a wonderful evening.
Located at the corner of Park Avenue and Alexander Street, Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe offers well several dozen varieties offered on rotation each evening (they open at 5pm). Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe has a very loyal and devoted following and I can understand why.
First of all, when you're surrounded by little boys running around with boundless energy zooming cars and acting like little wild things, a nice evening in a quiet and warm setting is so refreshing. Add to that china plates and tea cups and little decorations all around that you can enjoy without having to put them up high for fear of them getting knocked down, and it's even better.
Just relaxing and taking in the beauty of the tea room was a delight in itself. Add to that unintrusive, yet extremely friendly service and you have all the makings of a great girls' evening out.
Christine and I decided to each order a cupcake and cut it in half to share with the other. I chose the Sinfully Chocolate and she chose the Very Vanilla.
Sinfully Chocolate is a dark chocolate cake with a chocolate custard filling and chocolate cream cheese frosting. Neither of us loved this cupcak
Overall Appearance: 9/10
Flavor of Cake: 9/10
Flavor of Frosting/Toppings: 10/10
Total Score: 47/50
*For those new to our challenge, here are the "rules": Since I would grow very tired of eating cupcakes if I could only choose one flavor each time, I am not picking just 1 variety and comparing. I want to find Rochester's very best cupcake (to me) overall. I will score each cupcake based on 5 things: overall appearance,creativity, texture, flavor of the frosting/toppings, and flavor of the cake part of the cupcake.
Each category will be scored on a 10 point scale, 10 being the best. The highest overall score possible for each cupcake judged will be 50 points.
This challenge will go on for a while. Since my older son was nearing the end of preschool, I have now lost 48 pounds and I am still a bit shy of my goal, so I just cannot eat a cupcake every single day. I will hit two or three places a week, order mini cupcakes when possible, and share with friends on occasion.
I also want to say that taste is something very subjective. Just because I adore a certain cupcake doesn't mean you will agree with 100% of my review. The opposite will also be true. With those things said, enjoy the reviews !