My birthday is on December 24th, Christmas Eve. My husband, John, always tries to make it special as the Christmas celebrations usually overtake what is supposed to be my day. I laugh because my birthday has long since become a game to see how in the world will he make it special. I’m not the extravagant type, so he has to work hard, the poor fellow. I always tell him, “It’s jus a birthday. Don’t worry about it”. But I do admit I love his tenacity.
John is not a cook or a baker. Trust me, there are a few things he can make, and I know if he’d set his mind to it, he could probably turn out some fabulous meals. He just doesn’t want to and why should he? He knows he lives with someone who breathes to cook and bake.
John also doesn’t have a sweet tooth. For years I never got a birthday cake. He has since learned that this is unacceptable. He can forget a card, not spend much money, but under no circumstances can he forget the cake!
This year (after much research he assured me!) he found the perfect place to give me my taste of sweetness. And I have to say is; John was spot on as far as product. He went to Kate’s Frosting here in San Antonio.
Kate’s Frosting in San Antonio is an eclectic type of place. Her establishment has vintage furniture, a retail store, and cupcakes. Oh my goodness, the cupcakes.
John came home with a dozen cupcakes for my birthday, perfect for us to sample a 4 different types of cake. We had carrot cake, red velvet (their specialty), peppermint mocha, and vanilla. The cakes were moist and had a good frosting to cupcake ratio.
First, I do not like red velvet cake. Or so I thought. Usually red velvet is dry and tasteless. This red velvet cupcake was moist and delicious. And I loved the fact that it came with a sprinkled cherry on top. The cream cheese frosting was just right for this type of cake, with the sweetness of the frosting perfect for the more unsweetened cake.
The peppermint mocha was also good. It was moist, but could have used a little more mint. The mocha outshined what was supposed to be this two-parter, but the cupcake was still delicious. The vanilla cake was also delectable.
My favorite was the carrot cake. It was perfect in taste and proportion. The blend of carrot with the right amount of spice, and then add to that the cream cheese, well, I was in a sheer state of bliss. Now, the frosting can be on the sweet side. What I did was skim a little of the frosting off the top and put it aside to go with the bottom half of the cake. Viola, perfect cake/frosting ratio!
She also makes mini cupcakes, which I like because you can sample more than one and not feel like you overate. One suggestion; if you want cupcakes, or try her other sweets, go early. They are baked fresh everyday, unique varieties go fast.