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The Valrhona from More Cupcakes, Chicago

Once upon a time, there was a quiet little cupcake place in the French countryside, whose people believed in tranquilité. Okay, well, More Cupcakes isn’t quite located in the French countryside, but I’m sure they get some of their ingredients there (e.g., valrhona chocolate).

One day, a sly wind blew in from the North… and brought us to More Cupcakes. Advertised as a “modern art museum-meets-cupcake boutique,” the architectural lines were sleek and the décor was minimal. The cupcakes were displayed behind a sheet of glass like pieces of art. But unlike a real museum, an alarm won’t go off if you press your face against the glass. Though, I doubt it’d be appreciated.

The flavors range from ordinary to peculiar. Though some flavors are standard (e.g., red velvet, black & white, yellow cake with chocolate frosting), the presentation and quality of ingredients are far from it. The other end of the spectrum includes flavors such as BLT and strawberry with feta cheese. Odd? Yes. Tasty? I’ve heard mixed reviews. The inventive creations yet to be tried, and the tastes yet to be discovered were saved for another trip, next time. Instead, I ordered some of what More Cupcakes is considered best at—their salted caramel and signature cupcake, valrhona.

After finally getting through the More seal on the packaged container (as one yelper comically referred to as the seal on Christ’s tomb, that only Jesus could open), the salted caramel was first. When More says they’ll give you more, they mean it. Their cupcakes are often larger than the average cupcake (as they should be for the price—$3.50 to $6 per cupcake) and this particular one was cram packed with flavor, almost to a fault. The cake was dry but perhaps that was intended since the center was filled with a rich caramel. The frosting was subtle and smooth with a few specks of black salt sprinkled on top. After eating this entire concoction, I wish I could have gone back several bites and stopped while I was ahead. It was incredibly rich and I could have easily split it with my partner in cupcake crime.

Several hours later, after partially recovering from the first cupcake, I split the valrhona with my husband. The valrhona: a dark, extremely moist chocolate cake, loaded with creamy chocolate filling and frosted with a pure chocolate ganache. Sinfully delicious. I wanted More. My advice—give anything chocolate a shot at More Cupcakes, you won’t be disappointed.

Goodness or righteousness isn’t about what we don’t do, what we deny ourselves, or who we exclude. Instead, goodness is about what we embrace, what we create, and who we include.

Rating:  ★★★½☆ 

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