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May 24, 2007 08:31 AM

Cocoa Locale cakes?

I've tried (and loved) the cupcakes at Cocoa Locale, but how are the cakes? One friend told me that she tried them at Esperanza (she was pretty sure that Cocoa Locale supplied them because the cookies and brownies were the same) and that they had too much icing.

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  1. Too much icing? Is there such a thing? Is this icing not the sole reason to eat cake?

    Seriously, having tried manyof the cakes, they are excellent. My favorites are: Blueberry lemon cake (fabulous), Red Velvet (if you see it, grab it, the best ever. She doesn't use much food colouring, she gets the red colour from beets, and so it is healthier than the regular red velvet cake which has tonnes of red food dye in it). and the chocolate orange cake (yummmmm).

    I tried the chocolate mint cake too. Normally I hate chocolate mint, but her version is very tasty, as it tastes like real mint (not like toothpaste). I was very pleasantly surprised, and would definitely get it again.

    Again, I ask, too much icing?????

    5 Replies
    1. re: moh

      Can you please tell me what exactly is a red velvet cake?

      1. re: FrenchPeach

        A southern US specialty. Basically, a fine-crumb layer cake flavoured with cocoa, coloured a bright red (usually with red food colouring but traditionally with beet juice) and iced with a gooey white frosting. Cocoa Locale's version tastes strongly of cocoa, is a darker and duller red than many (due to the high proportion of cocoa and the use of beet juice, I'd guess), is less sweet than many, is not particularly fine-crumbed and is iced with cream cheese frosting. It's a winner and has quickly become one of the boutique's most requested items.

        Last weekend, Reema had a key lime cake that was, of course, absolutely gorgeous.

        1. re: FrenchPeach

          Red velvet cake is a cake made with cocoa to give a chocolate flavour, but it is dyed red (usually with red food colouring) to give a funky colour. The icing is usually a cream-cheese based icing (like the stuff on carrot cake). The lady at cocoa locale uses beets to give the colour (but don't worry, there is no residual beet taste)

          I believe it is a southern U.S. specialty.

        2. re: moh

          moh, I second the notion that there can NEVER be too much icing.

          1. re: bakersdelight

            I totally agree. I would eat her icing out of a large mixing bowl with a spoon very happily. And then I would probably die of an icing overdose, but hey, it's a good way to go.

        3. Lol...seriously if the icing is good, is there such a thing as too much of a good thing?

          Again, I don't like cakes that are made of flour so much. I love mousse, cheesecakes etc. But Cocoa Locale has got me eating cake AND CUPCAKES.

          I haven't tried as many as moh but i love their ginger/lemon cake & the chocolate chai.

          Saying that, I haven't noticed that many of a variety of cakes as moh has written about...

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          1. re: kit

            I must admit, I am a bit of a regular. If you saw my belly, you'd understand.... The close proximity of Cocoa Locale to my home is a good, but bad thing...

            She rotates the type of cake depending on season. However, I bet she'd be nice enough to take requests. If you like red velvet, it is definitely worth requesting, or just asking when she is next making them. yummmmm

          2. I've since tried the spicy chocolate cake ... it's amazing. very rich, but absolutely delicious!

            1. about this time last year, reema sold me a chocolate zucchini bundt cake that was out of this world good. not too sweet and certainly not keel-over-and-die rich, it was perfect as a summer dessert.

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              1. re: jordan.n

                I got a chance to try her chocolate zucchini cake, in a mini bundt format. It was moist and chocolatey, but light at the same time. There were little dots of raisins in it that exploded in my mouth. The overall effect was decadent, but the cake never got sickly sweet. The lady does magic.

                Attached is a photo of the beauty

              2. Just had the Red Velvet cake for my bf birthday... yum yummy!!! Not too sweet, very tasty and the icing is heaven. Cocoa Locale is pure pleasure.

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                1. re: wilfred

                  Agreed 100%! I finally went there today for the first time and had the chocolate-chai cake - unbelievably dense, rich, complex and absolutely delicious. Not too sweet and utterly enjoyable. I don't know what took me so long, but I will definitely be back!

                  1. re: kpzoo

                    I had the red velvet cake for the first time today - utterly yummy...

                    1. re: cherylmtl

                      Everything that woman touches turns to deliciousness! I'm pretty sure there's nothing she can't make taste good. I highly, highly, HIGHLY suggest the vanilla lavender. It's so obscenely good that I can't even describe it. I'm actually going to have to go there tomorrow and get one. So help me, God, I need one of those tasty treats.

                      1. re: killedwithkarate

                        I just finished a second slice of the spicy chocolate cake (which today, is called Birthday cake for me). It's my fave from there. Hubby also picked up a vanilla cupcake and well, okay, I had to eat that too.

                        Hey, Cheryl and KP - did you have that cake in honour of my BD?? LOL

                        1. re: maisonbistro

                          Funny, huh? Hey, too bad we didn't bump into each other (and the other Chowhounders who went yesterday) - we could have had an impromptu cupcake taste-off!

                        2. re: killedwithkarate

                          Actually, I would have gotten the vanilla lavender but she didn't have any small ones today - so I had to console myself with the red velvet...
                          And happy birthday, maisonbistro!

                      2. re: kpzoo

                        I've only seen it once or twice, but if you ever happen across Reema's raspberry rose cake, seize the day. It's like something you wished your grandmother made.

                        1. re: carswell

                          That sounds awesome. I've definitely never seen it, but I'll be on particular lookout now.