Over the summer I attended a gorgeous wedding that featured a table of various cakes propped on log stands from trees of the bride's home town (which looked adorable in the natural out-door setting). While everything about the affair already impressed me, I concluded that the bride had impeccable tastes when I learned that the dessert came from Susie Cakes, one of my favorite cup-cakeries in town (see review here). I hadn't experienced their actual cakes yet and was excited to try every slice and get down to business!
Red Velvet Cake: this slice was my favorite of the bunch and a near home-run. The red cake was a relatively natural shade (versus the fluorescent red dye that can irk me in others) and the icing was not overly sweet. Susies Cakes is really great about icing distribution, ensuring that every bite is moistened with the good stuff between layers. To achieve perfection, the icing could have had a little more flavor. I'm not sure what flavor I'm looking for, but it wasn't quite as addicting as some sour-cream/cream-cheese icings can be.
Carrot Cake: Susies' did a great job with their carrot cake. The cake was sufficiently moist with a nice texture that included walnuts, raisins, and fine carrot shavings. A touch more cinnamon or nutmeg would have further enhanced the flavor. Finally, the icing was a little dense, so a few more rounds in the whipper would have been appreciated.
Coconut Cake: this slice was the most disappointing of the four. Over all, it was simply too sweet with too little flavor. Perhaps almond or amaretto extract would have endowed this cake with a more distinct taste and zest.
Chocolate Cake: this cake burst with flavor, had the perfect texture, and was properly layered in yummy slabs of icing, but the result was not unlike a cake whipped up from a Betty Crocker mix or Duncan Hine's icing tub. If you're not expecting a decadent, dark cocoa experience, then this cake scores for the undiscriminating chocolate fan.
For more info on Susie Cakes, click here.