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RICHMOND-Frostings cupcakery

next to a steakhouse and Trader Joe's

Frostings

Suite 137

11331 West Broad Street

Glen Allen, VA 23060

ghost hand!

It took a while, but Richmond now has a burgeoning cupcake scene. We’ll see if they end up having any sort of ‘cupcake war’, but I’m placing my bets on Frostings.

Okay, technically it isn’t in Richmond, but Richmond’s one of those cities where almost everyone has a car anyway (and if you don’t, my sister’s friend* used to bike to downtown Short Pump every now and then, so IT IS POSSIBLE), so I’m considering it close enough. It’s next to a Trader Joe’s (♥♥♥), which means you can get the makings for an awesome party (cheap wine+delicious cupcakes).

Frosting’s definitely lives up to it’s name. Each standard-sized cupcake ($2.75, I love Richmond!) is topped with an almost equally-sized mountain of frosting on the top, almost like soft serve ice cream.

cupcake orgy!

They’re impeccably decorated (not that I’m biased**), and unlike some other cupcakeries (::coughSPRINKLEScough::) the decorations are all EDIBLE! The large decorations (that is to say, not the sprinkles or cookies) are made from white chocolate.

Kat and I ended up trying the Milk & Cookies, Mint Cookies & Cream, The Classic (vanilla cake+chocolate buttercream), and Peanut Butter Pretzel.

We’ll start with the order we ate them in…

cho-co-late chiiiips

Milk & Cookies

unhinge jaw like a SNAKE!

Kendra: This is the type of cupcake that you need to eat with your hands, so that you can taste all the components at the same time. Together, the chocolate-chip vanilla cake base+cream cheese frosting+chocolate chip cookie on top really shine–the flavors are nicely balanced, and the texture of the crunchy cookie adds contrast to the soft cake. Separately, the cream cheese icing is too much on its own. Overall, I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did! B+

Kat: Milk & Cookies was great. The presentation is genius, and also quite charming. And the flavor/texture experience follows through. Perfect balance of cupcake, frosting, and cookie. I have complained about too much frosting on cupcakes before, but I love it when it’s a really tasty frosting like this. The way the frosting sits on top of the cupcakes in a huge swirl, leaving the cake base partly exposed, is very appealing to the visuals as well. A

swirly frosting

Peanut Butter Pretzel

Kendra: Hrm, this one was more of a ‘miss’ for me, in spite of it being filled! It was mostly the icing that threw me off–the chocolate cake portion was decent, and the peanut butter pretzel filling was tasty (though I’m always in favor of having even more filling, heh), but the frosting…I guess I’m just not a fan of their cream-cheese icing. Didn’t really go along with the peanut butter. The pretzel on top was a nice touch. C

Kat: I love peanut butter bonbons, I love peanut butter cookies, but I never seem to like peanut butter cupcakes as much as I think I will. This was almost too salty. Does anyone make a peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting? C

frosting so fudgey...

The Classic

Kendra: We tried this one for breakfast the next day, so it spent a night in the fridge. It held up quite well! We wanted to try out a regular cupcake just to gauge how Frostings does the basics, and while the vanilla cake is a lot more subdued than the vanilla cake from Baked & Wired, it is still moist and pairs really well with the delicious chocolate buttercream–seriously, this frosting is DELICIOUS. I’m not sure if it was the fridge (though we ate this at room temperature), but this frosting was so thick and fudgey and perfectly chocolatey. So much better than the cream cheese frosting! B+

Kat: Mmmmmm… I don’t know if the refrigeration had anything to do with the texture, but the frosting was so good. Dense, fudgelike, chocolatey goodness. Frosting’s cupcakes stand out on two points: really good frosting (though I wasn’t crazy about the peanut butter one), and really good presentation. A

unf so good

Mint Cookies & Cream

Kendra: Oh my. “Chocolate cake, vanilla cream filling, crushed Oreo & mint buttercream frosting”? Delicious. Though I think the ‘vanilla cream filling’ is off–at least, the one we had was an intensely minty filling, and it was TASTYTASTY. While the chocolate cookie on top seemed a little bit extraneous (especially compared to the cookie topping on the Milk & Cookies cupcake), the rest of this was a wonderful pairing of mint and chocolate. It was pretty rich, almost like a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream. I’ve had it once again since then, and it was still perfect. A+

Kat: Yes, this one was fantastic. Everything Kendra said. If you like mint and chocolate at all, you must get this cupcake. A+

*not only was he biking this distance,  he was doing so on a FIXED-GEAR. HARDCORE.

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RICHMOND – TT Lounge

the usual suspects

l-r=watermelon slush, strawberry banana, red bean, taro

Bubble tea has steadily been getting more and more widespread in the US, thanks in part to Asian take-0ut joints adding it to their drink menu. I’ve been to standalone joints, cafés, restaurants, and even bakeries that offered beverages with boba–tapioca pearls. The addictive nature of these soft squishy balls cannot be denied. CANNOT. BE. DENIED.

yeahhh red bean!

The best bubble tea I’ve had doesn’t actually come from a place known for its Asian population–sorry, Seattle/NYC/Northern Virginia, but Richmond wins with the TT Lounge.

God favors the TT Lounge

This little joint offers both boba and non-boba varieties of milk tea, hot tea, and slush in flavors ranging from typical American (strawberry banana) to the kind found at Asian restaurants (taro, red bean). Some people may scoff at my claim of ‘best boba tea’ since the fruit flavors aren’t made with the actual fruit (like in a smoothie), but after having tried a bubble tea made with actual taro root, I stand by the TT Lounge. It helps that their boba has been perfectly soft and squishy with just enough give each and every time I’ve visited.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

And hey, it lives up to the ‘lounge’ part of its namesake, since it offers enough sitting space to hang out.

Kat: I don’t know any other place to get bubble tea that combines quality, consistency, and ambiance. The bubbles are never grainy and always have just the right texture. And the location is a pleasant hang out spot. The person at the counter is welcoming and there is room to wait or sip your tea at tables by the large windows. TT Lounge, I wish you were in DC.

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RICHMOND – For the Love of Chocolate

YESSSSS

For the Love of Chocolate

3136 West Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia 23221

Remember that scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the good one) that takes place in the candy store? And the shopkeeper has a bajillion candies and it’s magical and wonderful and I think they sing a song? Yeah, For the Love of Chocolate is sorta like that. Well, minus the singing, and the moving ladders, and the British schoolchildren.

CHOCOLATE FROM EVERYWHERE

It’s jam-packed with chocolate from all over the world (hence the flags), local chocolate,  artisanal brands of chocolate (Vosges, Lake Champlain) and more. ‘More’ in this case involving marzipan (!!! Niederegger fans rejoice!), gummies (Haribo!), and general sugary goodies. You can purchase bars, truffles, or go the ‘purchase giant bags of chocolate-covered bridge mix by the pound’ route.

there's another wall of jars, trufax

Seriously, this is the most extensive chocolate shop I have been to.

IT'S LIKE THE CATACOMBS...BUT CHOCOLATEY

It’s not completely perfect–it’s a bit cramped due to the store size, some of the pricing is a bit wonky (the Vosges bars are  normally priced, but the Chuao bars cost twice as much as what I’ve seen at Wal-mart), and they stopped carrying Kinder Eggs. Still, if you’re in Carytown area and you love chocolate (or marzipan or torrone or sugar), you must check this place out.

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