Every Monday is going to be “Cupcake Monday” for the next 5 weeks. How bad can that be? I’m all about trying out different cupcake shops and so I’ve been having so much fun doing the taste-testing from all of the different places around the city. Starting on July 4th it will be all about Frozen Yogurt for a month long Frozen Yogurt taste-test. And I’m definitely up for the challenge!
As you know I’ve already reviewed several cupcake establishments in Philadelphia (and the surrounding area) already. You can check out the reviews here…
This week we are going to take a look at Brown Betty Dessert Boutique. They have 3 locations here in Philadelphia. I got the cupcakes from “Brown Betty Petite” located in Liberty Place which is 1625 Market Street. Their main location is at Liberties Walk which is located at 1030 No. 2nd Street. Their third location is another “Brown Betty Petite” which is located in Rittenhouse Square (269 So. 20th Street).
Brown Betty Boutique was named after their mother/grandmother, Elizabeth Ruth Hinton (friends and family called her Betty or Liz). She was quite the baker and she always had something baked when visitors would come over. According to their web site, most of their cupcakes are named after women in their family. She was known for her high, moist pound cakes back in the day.
So it should come as no surprise that Brown Betty’s cupcakes are made from a pound cake, so it’s not your typical light and fluffy cupcake. But it was still good, none the less. We picked up four flavors to taste-test.
- Hattie Don’t Play (Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing)
- Sallie’s Sourcream (Vanilla Pound Cake with Vanilla Icing)
- Sing Little Alice (Chocolate & Vanilla Cake Swirled + Matching Icing)
- Betty’s Buttermilk (Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Buttercream)
First up – Hattie Don’t Play – as I’ve said before, Mr. Curly Fry loves chocolate, so I always have to get at least one cupcake that is made of everything chocolate! This was probably one of our favorite cupcakes out of them all. There was a very good amount of chocolate icing and it had such a nice flavor. We’re not used to such heavy cake, so it was a bit hard to swallow at first. It may be best paired with a good cup of coffee.
Second up was Sallie’s Sourcream – Don’t let the blue icing fool you. It was still a vanilla buttercream icing. Again, the cake was on the heavier side and it was okay, nothing to write home about. I didn’t really get that much of a vanilla flavor, but it wasn’t bad. The icing was average as well. I usually like more icing on my cupcake since I’m such an icing lover. And I didn’t get that vanilla punch when I tasted the icing.
Next up was Sing Little Alice – I was looking for another cupcake with chocolate icing, and this was the closest I could get. It was a marble cupcake and the icing was chocolate and vanilla swirled. This cupcake seemed very heavy to me and was a bit on the dry side. I love the idea of it, and I do like how they carried that into the icing. It’s probably just the icing lover in me, but I think a little extra icing would help move the cake down your throat a little better.
Last up was Betty’s Buttermilk - This was the lemon pound cake with lemon buttercream. There was not enough lemon for me. The cake had a very faint lemon flavor to it, and the icing didn’t taste all that lemon-y to me. I really think they need to take the icing up a notch – some lemon zest in the icing as well as more lemon juice. I was disappointed at the lack of icing on it as well, It was just a very thin spread. When you have such a heavy cake, you need more icing. I really felt jipped!
So as you can see, Hattie Don’t Play was the winner out of the four cupcakes. It had the perfect ratio of cupcake to icing. The icing had the perfect sweetness. It was definitely worth trying it, even if they do make a different kind of cupcake.