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The Hungry Maverick: Cupcakes

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Cupcakes from Sprinkes, Cupcake Love, and Elizabethan were taste tested by Mavlife Staff.

Cupcakes from Sprinkes, Cupcake Love, and Elizabethan were taste tested by Mavlife Staff.

Cupcakes from Sprinkes, Cupcake Love, and Elizabethan were taste tested by Mavlife Staff.

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One of life’s simplest loves, cupcakes, became a lot more complicated with this month’s Hungry Maverick when we had to pick a favorite from among three locally-owned shops. Each bakery put its best chocolate cupcake forward, and it was up to us to decide which was the best provider of our guilty pleasure.
Sprinkles:
Sprinkles cupcakes are known for their “sprinkles swirl” frosting, the sugar candy color code that tops each cupcake and reveals its flavor, and the cute little boxes they come in. Most MavLife staffers agree the Dark Chocolate cupcakes are indeed visually appealing.
“It looks like a head with an afro,” remarked junior Devon Whitlam. And freshman Cooper Gee thought the cupcake looked “appetizing and very fluffy.”
But looks, so it seems, are not all there is to creating an award-winning cupcake. Staffers weren’t frosting over cake for the taste.
“The cake tasted really weird and was dry, with no flavor,” junior Belen Castillejos said.
In the end, Sprinkles only earned 4 of 35 votes as the top choice.
Cupcake Love:
This little cupcake had staffers wooed from the beginning. Coming from a little shop in Solana Beach, these Ho’ Daddy Chocolate cupcakes didn’t come with the same high expectations from a familiar shop like Sprinkles. But Cupcake Love made a stunning first impression.
“[They were] elegant, lavish, and cute,” junior Yasmeen Halim said.
More than one person remarked on how it was “the cutest out of the three.” And the flavor did not disappoint.
“It was perfect,” senior Andrew Chan said. This sweet cake earned 9 out of 35 votes.
Elizabethan Desserts:
Located deep in a plant nursery, Elizabethan Cupcakes is this month’s winner of the Hungry Maverick. This Chocolate Loves Vanilla cupcake impressed most of the testers from the start.
“It’s amazing! So smooth!” senior McKenna Stonhaus said.
“I love the depth and layers of chocolate flavors and liked that the cake was dark and moist,” English teacher Lauren Monahan said.
Even with the rich texture the cake “wasn’t overly buttery,” Spanish teacher Jim Teague said.
“[It is] my idea of a perfect cupcake,” junior Megan Mineiro said.
In the end, Elizabethan earned 22 out of the 35 votes.

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