by Devon Segel
(Cherry Hill, NJ)
Although a lover of chocolate, I sample the vanilla/vanilla cupcakes at bakeries to ensure an objective analysis.
Naked Chocolate in Philadelphia has the best icing consistency and taste - smooth, sweet, and delicate, not overwhelming. The ratio of cupcake to icing is also well determining.
The cake has a density which allows the consumer to hold and bite until the cupcake has been fully consumed. The flavor of the cake is also created with a balance of true vanilla and the other batter ingredients.
The truly special quality to the Naked Chocolate cupcake is the flavor, balance, and consistency coming together with equal attention placed on each element.