Sunday, February 20, 2011
Vanilla Bean Bakery
I needed to pick up a dessert on Monday. I was going to pick up something from the Grand Traverse Pie Co. on Michigan Rd. but it was closed. I called my brother to see if he knew of any other good dessert joints in the city. He recommended Vanilla Bean Bakery on 86th and Township Line Rd. It is next to the new Kahn's Fine wines (old O'Malia's for those familiar with the area). They have been open for about 4 months now. From what I assume the owner was telling me, they have been doing really well. He said that their business has spread through word of mouth. I guess I am helping the cause.
Right away I was greeted with friendly service. I was offered a sample of the strawberry truffle. Essentially it is a piece of cake dipped in chocolate. When I think of truffles, I automatically think rich dessert. These truffles are actually pretty light. I think having a cake filling helps. I ordered 4 truffles: Peppermint, Lemon, Strawberry, and Double Chocolate Brownie. By far the best is the Lemon Cake. The cake filling was moist and had a good lemon flavor. I also enjoyed how it was white chocolate. I was surprised how much I liked this one. The double chocolate brownie was the most rich of the four. The peppermint was a refreshing change. It reminded me of the holidays. The strawberry was just average.
For the cupcakes, I went with Vanilla and Cookies and Cream. The issue I have with these cupcakes are the frosting. It is buttercream frosting which is fine. The problem is the volume of the frosting. It seems like it is equal parts frosting and cake. I have a hard time fitting the whole thing in my mouth. That's what she said! Well I scrape about a third of the frosting off and go with it. The vanilla was exactly that...vanilla. It was not anything spectacular. I'd have to say I'd prefer a Funfetti cupcake over this one. The texture was moist and fluffy, the flavor was just boring. The cookies and cream was a different story. The frosting wasn't as rich as the vanilla as there were cookies mixed in. There was a whipped cream filling, kind of like a Ho-Ho. I was much more please with this cupcake!
I recommend going to this if you need a sweet fix on the Northwest side. Just try one of the more
specialty cupcakes. I want to try a cookie next time too.