Wednesday, February 24, 2010

In Search of Rochester's Best Cupcake: Day 2





Eco Bella Bakery is located in Rochester's South Wedge neighborhood. If you're driving down South Avenue heading from Highland Park to downtown, you can find it between Caroline Street and Gregory Street on the right side.

I have never been to Eco Bella before. All I knew about them was that they are a Gluten-Free and Vegan bakery. With that in mind, I wasn't sure about how tasty the cupcakes would be since no eggs or dairy would be in my cupcake. Never judge something before you try it, because I was floored by the half of a cupcake I just finished.

The bakery is very small. You walk in with the bakery case in front of you, order, and leave. There isn't room for seating. I walked in, asked a couple of questions about the flavors (very friendly customer service!) and chose the large cupcake I had my eyes on when I first walked in the door. The one I chose was a pumpkin cupcake with chocolate frosting. Frosting is putting it lightly. This was a heavenly, ultra rich and dense chocolate.

I'd like to start with the price. This cupcake was a bit bigger than the cupcake I tried the other day. It was also $2.50 more. The Eco Bella Bakery website says that large cupcakes are $3.25, but they were $4.00 each today.

Let's get to the nitty gritty, folks. This cupcake was fabulous. The pumpkin flavor was just divine--slightly spicy, but so full bodied in terms of the flavor. I could almost taste each spice and it was really good on its own. I can detect applesauce or apple juice in this and it just marries so well with the pumpkin flavors.

When the decadent chocolate frosting was added to this, though, they brought the flavor up into another dimension because the richness of the frosting balanced by the subtly of the pumpkin just made this one an incredible one. By the way, it was so delicious I thought I would eat the whole thing right down, but it is so dense and rich that I am saving the other half for the boys to share.

The texture of this is wonderful. It is dense, but moist. I really, really enjoyed testing this cupcake and may have to try other flavors soon. For this to be Gluten-Free, Vegan, and so incredibly delicious speaks volumes about Eco Bella Bakery. I look forward to being a repeat customer.



SCORING:



Overall Appearance: 9/10

Texture: 9/10

Flavor of Cake: 9/10

Flavor of Frosting/Toppings: 9/10

Creativity: 9/10


Total Score: 45/50


*For those new to our challenge, here are the "rules": Since I would grow very tired of eating cupcakes if I could only choose one flavor each time, I am not picking just 1 variety and comparing. I want to find Rochester's very best cupcake (to me) overall. I will score each cupcake based on 5 things: overall appearance, creativity, texture, flavor of the frosting/toppings, and flavor of the cake part of the cupcake.

Each category will be scored on a 10 point scale, 10 being the best. The highest overall score possible for each cupcake judged will be 50 points.

This challenge will go on for a while. Since my older son was nearing the end of preschool, I have lost 47 pounds and I am still a few a bit shy of my goal, so I just cannot eat a cupcake every single day. I will hit two or three places a week, order mini cupcakes when possible, and share with friends on occasion. Expect this challenge to take up to 4 weeks because the recommendations have been coming in, as have emails from bakeries requesting I try their creations.

I also want to say that taste is something very subjective. Just because I adore a certain cupcake doesn't mean you will agree with 100% of my review. The opposite will also be true. With those things said, enjoy the reviews as they come and look for a winner in a few short weeks!

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4 comments:

Eco Bella said...

Thank you for the kind review of our bakery. We at Eco Bella strive to make healthy, tasty, allergen free baked goods that all can enjoy. The menus prices listed on www.ecobellabakery.com have been updated to reflect current in shop pricing.

Lyn + Jeaninne Ottman
owners, Eco Bella Bakery

Karley said...

Thank you so much for commenting.

Thank you, also, for updating the site. That is great customer service.

I was in for just a few minutes today and had wonderful customer service.

I have to say this again--that was a special cupcake. My Aunt Joan has Celiac's disease and I will be giving her some treats from Eco Bella the next time she is visiting.

I adore pumpkin and your cupcake was just fabulous. I will be back again and again!

D said...

Hi there, this is off topic but i just want to say i really like your blog =D it's both informative and inspirational. i couldn't help but envy you a little though *lol* cause you have everything i want, a happy family and a business that is both fulfilling and productive- i hope i'd be able to achieve those things too someday

wow this turned out long haha

Karley said...

D, thank you for reading C&G. I appreciate it very much! Readers like you make writing a real joy each day.

About achieving your goals--if you believe you can, you can. Always remember that and never let anyone make you feel as though your dreams are silly or unreachable.