Sunday, January 28, 2007
A friend of the 884 collective had a milestone birthday last week, and we all gathered at the cafe, which closed at seven for the event, to celebrate Kate's birthday. Apparently, one of her favorite desserts is a black-bottom cupcake. I had one of these for the first time in college, when a friend's mother sent him some in the mail. It's a dark chocolate cake swirled with cheesecake and topped with cream cheese frosting. Nicole went to Brown Betty Dessert Boutique to see if they could replicate the Black-Bottom cupcake that Kate loves. Unfortunately, they couldn't really do it, but they talked Nicole into a cream cheese frosting topped Red Velvet cupcakes and they were PHENOMENAL, I should know, I had one and half, okay okay, I had two! They also nicely piped out a "Happy Birthday" letter by letter on to the cakes, awww special.
Shannon dared me to the eat the "P". Why? Cause she's immature and I like to fuel those moments. Anyway, the red velvet cake was moist and very chocolaty. They also didn't have that artificial looking red hue that most red velvets have due to an entire bottle of red food coloring. Maybe Brown Betty uses dried or paste colors, and I think it's a wise choice. The frosting was smooth and you could definitely taste the cream cheese.
I posted previously about some of Brown Betty's other cakes. This picture shows (in order from top left) Chocolate with Chocolate ganache, Sour cream pound cake with strawberry cream and pineapple pound cake with pineapple frosting. All were delicious, but I have to say I liked the chocolate one the least. It was the most dry out of the three, and in no way compared to the Red Velvet cake we had last night.
Looking at the menu, cakes seem expensive at around $40, but they're so tasty and so rich that a smaller piece satisfies a sweet tooth adequately. Next I'm trying a slice of their carrot cake which is frosted with alternating layers of cream cheese and sour cream frosting.
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique
1030 N. 2nd Street, # 601 (Liberties Walk)
Closed on Monday
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon-7pm