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Feb 14, 2008 08:04 AM

Sorry, Cakelove Haters.

There's a lot of Cakelove hating on this board, so I bit into my coffee flavored cupcake from the new Canton branch with skepticism.

And, sorry to the haters, but we're gonna have to agree to disagree.

That cupcake was awesome. Like a cappuccino in cupcake form. Much more intense flavor than I expected. I'll grant you that the texture wasn't as fluffy as some cupcakes, but I'm ok with a denser texture if it means better flavor.

I've waited in the down-the-block line for the world famous Magnolia's cupcake in NYC. I think their texture was better, but I'll take Cakelove for taste any day.

Different strokes for different folks I guess.

This hound is excited to try some more flavors.

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  1. Is it possible yours was a fresher batch than they're getting? Think they make them all day? Did you get yours early and maybe they're made only overnight and they get staler as the day goes on? Wonder if they make them at the Baltimore location or bring them from DC?

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    1. re: chowsearch

      ^^Good question! My issue with them was stale DRY cake (as well as HEAVY thick frosting) - but as for the cake part. You might be on to something!

      1. re: chowsearch

        My complaint is with the price. At the DC store this summer I paid $7.00 for a piece of hazelnut cake. That's not right. I've had excellent cake in Seattle for less than $5.00. Sure, cost of living is higher here, but I'd say $5.50 for one slice of cake from a cake shop is the highest a customer should be charged. Even if the ingredients are "natural."

      2. Maybe the Canton branch is better?
        I just popped in to the Silver Spring branch on Sun with a friend. We tried samples and they were like the ones I've had at that branch b/f--dry cake, tasteless frosting.
        perhaps the Canton bakers can visit the other shops.

        1. Yeah!!! I am so glad you posted this. I went to Cakelove last weekend and we tried 3 different cake slices and thought they all were wonderful. The new german chocolate was our favorite. The icing was fantastic (I loved the surprise of cocount)! We also got the Carrot Cake which was good, it makes me want to try the Pumpkin cake, because I thought the cream cheese icing was so yummy. We got the strawberry shortcake also, which was good, but nothing special. After all the bashing on this board... but usually the bashing is about cupcakes.....

          Interstingly enough, I could have sworn I read somewhere that the Canton branch gets their cakes from the Silver Spring branch....

          Found the link! Either the Sun is reporting false information, or Canton gets its baked goods from Silver Spring.

          1. Glad to hear that you had a good experience! The fist time I went to the one in DC it was like eating a sawdust muffin! Sadly, on my "give them another chance" trip it was the same.

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            1. Maybe this has been discussed before, but the Cakelove experience ABSOLUTELY depends on the temperature of the item. Anything cooler than then room will not taste good at all... something to do with the fat content I think. However, room temp cupcakes are fantastic and don't have that dry/heavy feeling at all.

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              1. re: scotcheroo

                Yeah, when I bought my cake slices I was told almost 3 times to make sure I eat them at room temperature. I would be interested to hear if the people who at dry cakes/cupcakes had them cold...

                1. re: enginerd

                  room temp. all 3 times.

                  maybe it's a preference thing. a friend brought cake home from there and really liked it. the only thing I've not hated was the brownie. I'd actually prefer packaged cupcakes to cakelove's. The frosting is a big part for me, though. i love, love, love icing and I find theirs to taste of nothing but fat. (well, the raspberry had a little flavor, more than the others i tried, but mostly it just tasted of fat to me.

                  1. re: enginerd

                    So I don't get it --are the cakes and cupcakes frozen?

                  2. re: scotcheroo

                    Yeah Yeah Yeah, I ate my cupcakes AT room temperature. They were still dry as dirt. Next excuse?

                    1. re: beauxgoris

                      I wasn't making excuses, I was just asking.

                      To each his own...

                    2. re: scotcheroo

                      Yes! We gave our cupcakes an hour (while we ate dinner) and they were perfect for dessert. We tried their cupcakes before without letting them warm, and they tasted dry and sad with a waxy frosting.