Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cupcake Quest: Hey Cupcake! (Fork it over, Austin! - Part 17)

This post is part of the Cupcake Quest series on Fork it over, Boston!

Ah, the Cupcake Quest never really ends, does it? I don't feel compelled to try as many anymore; I already discovered my absolute favorites at The Chocolate Tarte in Somerville. (Linda has recently closed up the storefront, but she is still doing wholesale and catering, so all is not lost.)

When I was in Austin, though, I couldn't resist trying just one from the cupcake truck Hey Cupcake! Like we discovered at Annie's earlier that morning, apparently some restaurants and vendors feel justified in boosting prices during SXSW. Hey Cupcake! lists cupcakes as $3 each on their website, but at the Foodspotting Street Food Fest (where we had previously visited The Peached Tortilla with much rejoicing), the cupcakes were an exorbitant $4. Nonetheless, I forked it over for the sake of the quest.

(The photo below is from a few days earlier, when we passed the truck on South Congress but resisted, temporarily, the temptation.)

I ordered the Double Dose, chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.

The Verdict: The frosting was rich and not too overwhelmingly sweet, and the cake was dense. I appreciated the modest amount of frosting, and the jimmies (or chocolate sprinkles, I suppose, if you're not from up here in Boston) were a nice touch. (By the way, lists the question of whether or not "jimmies" is a racist term as "probably false." More info here.) Overall, this was a good cupcake - not the very best I've had, but definitely in the above average group. $4 is ridiculous, though. It's not an abnormally large or fancy cupcake by any means. Even the normal price of $3 is a bit much - I'd say $2.50 seems fair - but I can understand that it's probably more convenient to round things off to a whole number for the purposes of running a food truck.

Hey Cupcake (Trailer) on UrbanspoonSee my favorite dishes on Tasted Menu

Other posts in the Fork it over, Austin! series:
Part 1: Whip In
Part 2: Foreign & Domestic
Part 3: Caffe Medici
Part 4: Walking Along SoCo and Lunching at Chi'Lantro
Part 5: The Capitol, UT Austin, and Lunching (Again) at Torchy's Tacos
Part 6: Museum of the Weird
Part 7: Uchi
Part 8: East Side King at The Grackle
Part 9: Franklin Barbecue
Part 10: Flagship Whole Foods and My First Green Smoothie
Part 11: Late Night Pizza at Via 313
Part 12: Kebabalicious
Part 13: My Robotic Kitchen Planned This Dinner Party
Part 14: Papi Tino's
Part 15: Annie's Cafe & Bar
Part 16: The Peached Tortilla
Part 18: Arancini
Part 19: The DeLorean, Boxing Robots, and Roller Derby Pillow Fights
Part 20: Second Bar + Kitchen
Part 21: Tia Kelly's Navajo Tacos
Part 22: Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Part 23: Gourdough's
Part 24: The Ice Cream Social
Part 25: Walking to Barton Springs
Part 26: Izzos Tacos

I'm also posting daily recaps on the Tasted Menu blog, FOOD=LOVE:
Day 1: A First Taste of Austin
Day 2: Tons of Tacos, Sushi at Uchi, and a Late Night Trip to East Side King
Day 3: Early Morning Barbecue and Late Night Pizza
Day 4: Globetrotting: Kebabs, Enchiladas, Pommes Frites
Day 5-6: Meeting and Eating

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