07 February 2012
Vegan Just Baked Cupcake
I am always seeking out vegan food, and I get really excited when I find a "regular" food place that offers vegan options!
"Just Baked" is a chain of bakeries that serves uniquely flavored cupcakes. In my pre-vegan days I purchased cupcakes from Just Baked quite often. However, since going vegan I thought my visits to Just Baked were a thing of the past...until I found out that they can make vegan cupcakes to order.
Though they only offer three flavors--"Grumpy Cake," "Vanilla-Stuffed" and "Peanut Butter & Jelly"--I did not feel limited at all. I had THREE options!
Now, my birthday is today and I thought, what better way to treat myself than to a cupcake?! I KNEW I wanted the Grumpy Cake but I also thought I would try the Vanilla-Stuffed, so I ordered them both. My thinking was, I would eat one at work and save the other for dessert lunch the following day (today).
It was a tough decision to make, but I decided to try the Vanilla-Stuffed before trying the Grumpy Cake. I packed up my little "to go" dinner for work and placed my cupcake safely in a perfectly-sized tupperware container. I ate my dinner earlier than usual because I really wanted to get to my cupcake. When I'd finally finished dinner I then decided to hold out another half hour until 7:00 so I would "have something to look forward to," and the minute the computer clock changed to 7-0-0, I popped open that tupperware lid.
I took my little cupcake out and, feeling quite elegant, slowly cut into it with the side of my fork and popped the piece into my mouth.
It was horrible.
Like, not even tolerable, but really, really bad. Oh, let me count the ways. It was beyond dry, kind of overpoweringly almond-y and not so vanilla-y, the frosting was BLEGH--super sweet with large, discernable sugar granules, the frosting texture was greasy and it kind of melted/separated at room temperature. The "stuffing" inside was sooooo sweet too, although its texture was better. It had that light, foamy quality that is, I think, how fillings should be.
In all fairness, though, I really DO appreciate the Just Baked has vegan options, and that they can make as little as one cupcake for you to pre-order. Now, while the vanilla-stuffed was really quite awful, I have not yet tried my Grumpy Cake. When I do eat it, though, I will probably approach it with greater trepidation than I did my vanilla.