Dessert and drinks just go together. All the time. I like dessert and drinks so much that have a really hard time baking cupcakes without alcohol. I mean, I guess for children I can leave it out. But booze-infused cupcakes make me happy, they make my friends happy, and I’m not a bringer of non-happy things. So I’m just going to keep it going. And this is why I’m so happy that places like Sweet Revenge exist. I’ve been before, because anyplace that has a cupcake happy hour is obviously on my radar. For $10 you can get a cupcake and a glass of wine. That’s the most brilliant thing, right? Because I love both those things. Doesn’t everybody? But this time around I just went with a cupcake because I have a job to do and I’m a professional.
This time I went with a non-chocolate cupcake. Peanut Butter is probably the next best thing so the Sweet Revenge cupcake intrigued me. First off, these cupcakes are huge. Not the ones you’d take to your average birthday party and can’t get by with just stuffing it in your mouth, sans-napkin. Nope. You definitely a fork for these babies. Think, Crumbs-sized. Except better. They look impressive, although the presentation is slightly sloppy, although it is really interesting. The domed frosting with the three stripes is definitely something I haven’t seen before. The first bite isn’t perfect (for me) because I had to cut it, but the flavors were great and there was really good balance. This cupcake loses points for me because while I really like them, it’s just not what I’m looking for in a perfect cupcake. The cake itself had a great flavor, and actually tasted like peanut butter. But you know that sticky feeling you get in your mouth after you eat PB with a spoon? Yeah, that happened here. I definitely should have opted for that wine. But despite the dry, sticky feeling, it was still a solid cake. The frosting was banging. It had great flavor, was smooth and fluffy, without being too sweet. If only there was more. The cake:frosting ratio was lacking, and I can’t tell if it’s because of the dryness of peanut butter in general or just too much cake. I guess I’ll have to come back and reevaluate this. Overall, this really was a solid cupcake with great flavor. There was even a surprise of chocolate ganache in the middle, which was awesome. I think it might have been my favorite part. So once again, the West Village doesn’t disappoint. I’m thinking cupcake happy hour should make an appearance in Round 2. Whose going to join me?
Sweet Revenge – Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Peanut Butter Frosting
First Bite: 2.5/5
Cake: Frosting Ratio: 3.5/5