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A trip to The Sugar Cube Part 2 ~ Amy Winehouse Cupcake August 20, 2010

My Mission:  Try every cake/cupcake/pie product on their menu.

My destination: The Sugar Cube. It is a food cart dishing up decadent desserts.

Why?: Duh!!!

Can I just say that this is about the greatest mission I’ve ever given myself!!!

I loved the Ultimate Brownie but I decided to try out something different and opted for the infamous Amy Winehouse cupcake: A boozy yellow cake, infused with copious amounts of brandy, a hint of orange zest and then dipped in sexy bittersweet chocolate ganache. This little gem comes with a coke straw and a Colombian sugar bump. Party! 

The first bite was curiously delicious.  What does that mean exactly?  It is when you take a bite and go hmmmm (but you don’t spit it out).  You continue eating it with the hope of distinguishing what makes it taste so unique and before you know it…POOF it’s all gone.  The citrus and the brandy were definitely apparent and I liked it but it also made me think about what the hell was inside of it. The owner (Kir) doesn’t just focus on sweet cake and ultra sweet icing like most cupcake places around town. She likes to mix sweet and salty/bitter and sweet and in this case boozy and sweet. I must say with each bite I grew fonder and fonder of the cupcake. After I finished it, I knew I ate a damn good cupcake. It’s just not the normal “flavor” combination that most people are accustomed to. There is subtle complexity in her creations and I appreciate that as a dessert lover. Super moist cake and killer ganache.

Website: www.thesugarcubepdx.com/

Location: Food carts on the corner of Mississippi and Skidmore Moved to A la Carts Food Pavilion off 50th and SE Division Street

Cost: $3 a pop

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A trip to The Sugar Cube Part 1 ~ The Ultimate Brownie August 14, 2010

My destination:  The Sugar Cube, a food cart dishing up decadent desserts.

My Mission: Try every cake/cupcake/pie product on their menu.

Why? : Duh!!!

The owner is Kirsten (Kir) and I think she is great.  She has talked me out of feeling guilty for eating her fabulous desserts and I realized she is right. She succeeded in counseling me into eating without feeling bad about the calories or fat content I was about to consume. Thank you for reminding me to just enjoy eating!

So, my mission begins with what is called The Ultimate Brownie
It is described on her menu as a Super fudgy goodness with bittersweet chocolate ganache centers. These babies are served warm and melty, then lightly sprinkled with fleur de sel and grassy green olive oil.
Try it…expand your chocolate and vanilla horizon. 

Ok folks.  This is f*cking amazing.  It really is.  I remember the first time I bought it I was thinking that it was pretty small for a $3.50 brownie.  I guess I am just used to super size portions but in this case you have to throw out that train of thought and realize that size doesn’t matter.  (Well that’s not entirely true but in terms of food it is).  

This brownie is a more refined variety. It is rich and delicious with a gooey center. I love the salt and the sweet coming together in dessert bliss.  I’m fairly certain I can eat more than one but it is the perfect size to indulge your sweet tooth and get your chocolate fix. Two big thumbs up for this brownie.   

Location: Food carts on the corner of Mississippi and Skidmore Moved to the A la Carts Food Pavilion off 50th and SE Division

Cost: $3.50

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