I love cupcakes. They are probably my favorite treat … I don’t know what it is about them. Maybe it’s because they’re so cute, maybe it’s because they’re a personal size. But, yeah, I definitely hopped on the cupcake wagon when they became all the rage over the past few years. So, I was very excited to find Simply Sweets during a recent shopping trip at the Vancouver Mall.
Location: 8700 NE Vancouver Mall, Suite 169, Vancouver, WA
Order: I chose the three seasonal mini cupcakes offered on this week’s menu: Eggnog, Gingerbread & Candy Cane.
What I Think:
Each week, Simply Sweets offers six different cupcakes on their menu. For this week, the menu consisted of: Red Velvet, Candy Cane, Egg Nog, Gingerbread, Simply Vanilla, and Simply Chocolate. Since this was my first visit and I speculated that I’d be visiting again, I chose the three seasonal varieties on the menu because I figured I probably wouldn’t be there again before the holiday, and it would be my one chance to try those (I’m thinking that Candy Cane and Egg Nog aren’t going to be on the menu in February, you know?)
Of these three, my favorite was the Egg Nog. Why? Because it tasted the truest to its name. It was moist, sweet, and very egg-nog-y. The Gingerbread was probably the most disappointing of the three, because it didn’t really have that POW flavor I expected from something called gingerbread. (I guess you can blame Liz Lovely’s Ginger Snapdragons for whetting my appetite for that spicy gingerbread flavor)
The Candy Cane cupcake was very tasty. Even though I enjoyed it very much, it doesn’t get my vote for the favorite cupcake because really, it was little more than a chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting topped with crumbled peppermint candy and two tasty chocolate mint candies. The chocolate cupcake didn’t taste as though it had been flavored with peppermint, nor did the frosting. I think that this cupcake could have been elevated to amazing with just a little more peppermint flavor.
But, I think there lies my main disappointment with this cupcake shop. The cupcakes aren’t really all that special. There’s not really much to them. The flavors aren’t all that extraordinary. The frosting is the best part of the cupcake, because it has a nice, fluffy texture and I’m not finding it to be too sweet – you know how some bakery frosting just tastes sickeningly sweet… this doesn’t, and that’s a good thing.
My Final Thoughts:
Honestly, the best thing about these cupcakes is that I didn’t have to make them myself. I don’t consider myself to be an outstanding baker by any stretch of the imagination … I usually bake from mixes because I don’t like measuring. But, really, I can’t say that these cupcakes tasted better than anything I’ve baked myself. I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy more cupcakes from this establishment any time soon. If I happen to be in the mall and I’m in the mood for cupcakes (and really, when am I ever NOT in the mood for a cupcake?) I might stop in. But, I’m not going to make a special trip, because I am not really finding these to be special enough for that trip.