Grand Rapids Michigan produces a monthly publication called "on-the-town". In the July issue they featured "townie awards" calling out the best_______ in Grand Rapids. Lucky for me they had a Best Cupcake category. The winner was Arnie's Bakery and Restaurants. I was very excited about this because my godson's name is Arnie, Arnold Palmer to be exact.
We ended up with White Chocolate Raspberry, Carrot, Red Velvet, and Chantilly.
|White Chocolate Raspberry|
Red Velvet - The cake was fairly dry. Again, the flavoring tasted like it was from a box. The icing oddly enough was gritty. Traditionally red velvet is served with a thicker icing like cream cheese, but they went a different route with this one. I think they were going for a whipped buttercream, but unfortunately the outcome was not pleasant.
Chantilly - I had never heard of "Chantilly" before, but it is a white cake filled with custard, and has a white icing with chocolate shavings. I asked what Chantilly meant, and the lady behind the counter told me it was just a pretty name... Unfortunately, I don't have a solo shot of this one, but you can see it in the group picture up top. The cake overall was too sweet. The custard was so weird. I am indifferent on custard. If done correctly it is great...in a donut, but I did not like it as a part of this cupcake. The icing was pretty similar to the others in that it did not have much flavor.
Presentation - I thought overall they looked pretty sloppy and did not have much "shelf appeal". Creativity - I could give some creativity points to the chantilly cupcake because I have not had one with custard before, but other than that the rest were pretty standard. Overall happiness - eeesh. Not very happy. If this is the best cupcake then Grand Rapids is a little behind on the cupcake phenomenon. My advice would be to skip Arnie's next time you are in Michigan.