So I’ve set a goal for myself: to try and schedule a cake tasting once a week until March. It’s not a very hard goal to keep but I have discovered that it directly conflicts with my other goal of attempting to lose 5 pounds. Choices, choices. I know. But we all make sacrifices.
This weekend’s cake tasting was hosted by Twiggs, a local bakery and coffee shop here in San Diego. Twiggs only has two coffee shops in the San Diego area. The newest location on Adams Avenue opened up last October was also the place for the cake tasting. It was a very clean, open space and busy on this particular Saturday afternoon.
I was feeling under the weather this weekend but it was the prospect of tasting cake that convinced me to get dressed and leave the confines of home. I was glad I did because the cake tasting exceeded my expectations.
Bernie, the co-owner who met us, set us up with a tasting platter of all their cakes. Yes, all 14 varieties. Bernie suggested we start from the lightest cake to the chocolate ones. Much like wine tasting going from light to dark. Standouts were the white velvet, a rich, dense cake with a buttery aftertaste, and our favorite — red velvet. What surprised both Paul and me was the lemon poppy seed (which was sans poppy seed at this tasting). A very light, refreshing cake. Least favorite: the blackberry walnut cake which Paul did not taste due to his allergy to walnuts.
Prices were on par with Sumi’s Oven at the previous tasting. Twiggs was named one of the top wedding cake vendors by The Knot in 2007. And one thing that did stand out was the minimum lead time for a wedding cake: at least 10 days notice. Very nice. Also when tossing the area to Bernie about macarons as favors, he offered a macaroon cookie to take home and try later. I meant French macarons but the the gesture was nice.
So far, it’s a coin toss between Sumi’s Oven and Twiggs Bakery. But time factor in booking a cake may play in the decision making. Besides, there so much more cake to taste.