Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sweet Treats in Honolulu


Published:

(page 2 of 3)

The Results: A Taste Test

Cupcake Thunderdome

Six cupcakes enter, all get devoured. The cupcake trend continues, no matter how many cupcake-fatigued food writers proclaim its death. While there are a baker’s dozen of cupcakeries without storefronts, we narrowed the field to brick-and-mortar bakeries.

For consistency, we ordered—as closely as possible—the same thing at each place: chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, though Let Them Eat Cupcakes does not yet make a chocolate frosting. For fun, we also threw everyone’s childhood favorite, Hostess Cupcakes, into the tasting arena. In a blind taste test, seven staffers gave up to five points on three aspects of each cupcake: the cake, the frosting and overall quality, making the total possible score 105. Here’s how they fared.

First Place

Cake Couture

Total score: 87  //  Price: $2.75
Weight: 4.2 oz

A gorgeous cupcake, with a moist, rich cake and fudgy frosting. It tasted slightly soapy, however, from too much leavening. 820 W. Hind Drive, 373-9750, and 841 Bishop St., 585-9750, cakecouture.com.


photos: Mike Keany
 

Second Place

Poppy’s Coffee

Total score: 83  //  Price: $3.50
Weight: 6.1 ounces

This cupcake, from a shop unknown on the cupcake circuit, was huge, twice the weight of some cupcakes. “Nice balance, good flavor, moist and delicious,” one taster said. 745 Keeaumoku St., 941-8285.

Third Place

Hokulani

Total score: 71  //  Price: $2.50  
Weight: 3.1 ounces

“Cake not very rich, but good frosting consistency.” Restaurant Row, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 4-B, and 900 Fort Street Mall, 536-CAKE, hokulanibakeshop.com.

Fourth Place

Let Them Eat Cupcakes

Total score: 65  //  Price: $2.50  
Weight: 3.2 ounces

The frosting was light like whipped cream, but tasters found the cake dry and rubbery. “Is this from a health food store?” one taster asked. 35 S. Beretania St., 531-2253, letthemeatcupcakes808.com.

Fifth Place

Cakeworks

Total score: 64  //  Price: $2.25
Weight: 3.2 ounces

The slight almond flavor to the cake was intriguing, but the cake and frosting weren’t chocolate-y enough, and the top was dry and crusty. 2820 S. King St., 946-4333, cakeworkshi.com.


 

Sixth Place

Hostess Cupcakes

Total score: 46  //  Price: $2.60 for two-pack
Weight: 1.8 oz

It tastes like nostalgia, one taster said, but unfortunately, nostalgia also tasted “cloying and industrial topped with a waxy frosting.” “Processed. Bleh,” said another.

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine April 2018
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Trending

 

Colin Nishida, Beloved Chef and Restaurateur, Leaves a Culinary Legacy

Colin Nishida

An entire community remembers the owner of Side Street Inn.

 

Closing of Popular Lanikai Pillbox Hike Delayed Until Further Notice

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

The state asks for public input as it works to repair the old concrete observation stations on the trail, commonly known as “pillboxes.”

 

First Look: Panda Dimsum in Kalihi

Panda Dim Sum

Frogs, hedgehogs and bees, oh my! This spot dishes up cute, Instagrammable dumplings.

 

Kaimukī Gets da Shop, a New Kind of Bookstore and Event Space

Da Shop

It takes guts to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the days of instant online gratification, but in da Shop, local publisher Bess Press has found a way to allow fickle/loyal readers to have their cake and eat it, too.

 


20 Great O‘ahu Hikes

Explore 20 great adventures that offer beautiful vistas, waterfalls and more.

 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags