We are so excited to have our first guest review from California! Our good friend and new Guest Crusader, Julie, is a San Diego resident who loves cupcakes as much as we do! After lots of subtle hints (okay, I may have nagged her a bit… but just a little bit…) she finally agreed to write up a review for us from one of her many cupcake adventures. I hope that this is the first of many, as she always seems to be trying new and fun cupcakes from her region. Thanks Julie!
For the Fourth of July this year, my friends and I headed down to the Embarcadero in San Diego for the Big Bay Boom fireworks show. (Yes, THAT fireworks show. The one that made headlines all over the world because all of the fireworks went off at one time and before they were supposed to, but I digress.) There are lots of places to spread out in the park areas or along the sea wall with a great view of the synched fireworks displays. We arrived mid-afternoon and decided to kill some time walking around Seaport Village, a little touristy area with shops and restaurants. As we wandered, we stumbled across a cupcake, coffee, and tea cafe none of us recalled seeing before, Frosted Robin.
The store fronts at Seaport Village are more or less the same, but Frosted Robin had their doors wide open and the interior draws you in. They say on their website that the decor is designed to make it feel as though you are hanging out in your kitchen at home, and it does just that. The robin’s egg-colored walls and white countertops set a relaxed tone and the large wooden table makes you feel right at home. But of course, what really caught my eye was the display case full of cupcakes.
Frosted Robin had about a dozen flavor options that day, each with the frosting applied in the shape of a flower. Available flavors included chocolate fudge (with a red star on top for the holiday), chocolate peanut butter cup, cinnamon roll, and blue vanilla, but the one that really caught my eye was lavender. Not only was that the color of the cake and butter cream frosting, but the cake itself was infused with lavender flavor. I’d never seen that before, so I knew I had to try it. And since I was buying that one I might as well get a few more to try.
The lavender cupcake lasted all of 5 seconds once I was out of the bakery. The cake was light, sweet, and moist with just a hint of lavender. Not “perfumey” at all, as one of my friends thought it would be. The frosting was a buttercream, which I’m usually not a fan of, but this frosting was very light and used somewhat sparingly, so it complemented the cake very well. I would definitely get this pretty and tasty treat again.
My other favorite of the batch was Cayman spice, with a coconut milk infused, cinnamon, and nutmeg cake and coconut buttercream frosting, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. As with the lavender, the cake and frosting were light and tasty. I often find spice cakes to be on the drier side, but this one was perfect. I was concerned that the coconut milk might make both the cake and frosting too sweet, but it was a light, subtle flavor that blended well with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Heaven!
The best presentation, however, was the pink lemonade cupcake. The lemon cake, which tasted like most other lemon cakes and was on the heavier side, with pink buttercream frosting, was topped with a little straw as though you are going to drink the cupcake. A very cute touch!
Not a cupcake fan? Frost Robin also serves a variety of loose-leaf teas and coffee, including cold pressed coffee and specialty drinks, which we returned later to try. I indulged in their lavender white mocha. The lavender was a bit more prominent in the mocha than it was in the cupcake, but it was delicious. Next time I will have to try the macadamia nut white mocha.
And yes, there will be a next time. Frosted Robin just may be my new go-to place in downtown San Diego. I wouldn’t mind visiting their second location in Camana Bay, Cayman Islands, either, especially if they have fireworks that function properly…
– Review by Guest Crusader, Julie (San Diego, California)