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The Pink Princess cupcake from Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Café, Chicago

Agus beimid inár n-aoirí
ar do shonsa, a Thiarna, ar do shonsa,
tá cumhacht tagtha anuas ó do lámh
ionas go gcomhlíonadh ár gcosa do thoil go tapaidh.
Sruthóimid ar aghaidh mar abhainn chugat
Agus plódaithe le hanamacha a bheidh sí go deo.

I figured it’d be fitting to reference a movie featuring Irish Catholic twins on St. Patrick’s Day. For those of you who haven’t seen this movie, here’s a one sentence synopsis—After killing two members of the Russian mafia in self-defense, Connor and Murphy (the Irish Catholic twins) become vigilantes and set out to violently rid their home city of Boston of crime and evil, which leaves the people asking, “Are the Saints ultimately good, or evil?” This reminds me of the show, Dexter, featuring a serial killer who kills serial killers. Bittersweet, huh?

Before this post gets too violent, let’s talk about Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Café. Their selection ranges from sweet to savory including cakes, pies, tarts, mousse, soups, sandwiches, quiches, and much, much more. We snagged a $10 Groupon for $20 worth of treats at Bittersweet and were anxious to give it a taste. Upon walking through the front door, we were greeted by a collection of merchandise to the right, a colorful assortment of baked goods to the left, and a sweet aroma. Perusing their numerous trays of macaroons, cookies, and tarts, we found it difficult to make a decision.

At this point, you’re asking, “What about the cupcakes?” Well, the cupcakes seemed like an afterthought since they only had a selection of three, one of which had already been sold out for the day (with hours left before closing). Granted, they are a bakery, not a cupcakery. In fact, they do have a cupcake menu with a wide variety of flavors, but it seems they only make a few flavors each day. Strike 1. To top it off, the staff were visibly annoyed that we didn’t know what we wanted right off the bat. Strike 2. Dude, this is our first time here and we were hoping to buy cupcakes, not a hundred macaroons.

There were only two available cupcakes—the Orange Chocolate and the Pink Princess—which, in my opinion, represented two different extremes. The Orange Chocolate consisted of a velvety chocolate cake frosted with orange-flavored icing and garnished with a few orange peel slivers. The cake was divine. The icing was pretty tasty, but its flavor overpowered the chocolate cake. I would equate this cupcake to one of those chocolate oranges (a.k.a., ball of chocolate shaped like an orange), except with ten times more orange-flavoring.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have the Pink Princess cupcake, which was indeed very pretty. However, it was practically flavorless. The cake was moist enough, and I did taste a hint of strawberries, but the frosting was bland. I imagine it tasted something like sugary Crisco. Perhaps, my taste buds were still recovering from the previous cupcake and were unable to receive any more flavor signals.

I have heard rave reviews about Bittersweet, and I don’t doubt they can make a mean cake (among other things), but I wasn’t entirely sold on their cupcakes. I suppose you could say my experience at Bittersweet was bittersweet. On that note, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Go mbeannai Dia duit.

Rating:  ★★★☆☆ 

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