I always pass by Sellwood's Piece of Cake on my (human powered vehicle) commute to downtown Portland. It's a place that tortures me with smells of cakes in the oven as I bike feverishly to Bar Method or class. A few weeks ago was the first time I was in the area with a car and no urgent place to go so I swung by to see what all the good smells were about whilst picking up some treats for my boyfriend and myself. Piece of Cake boasts (and rightfully so) to have the "Best Cake in Portland." They also have a wide selection of vegan and gluten free cakes. AND they have made cakes for Snoop Dog and Marilyn Manson. The cupcakes are not cheap, priced at about $4, but they are unique and fresh.
I nearly choked when I saw the flavor "marionberry poppyseed." I am obsessed with both. Now the two combined? Pools of drool. I scanned the other flavors trying to find something for my man. The baker said the Chantilly was their best flavor but I went for the chocolate peanut butter since he digs the pb.
I took some quick snap shots outside but we didn't eat these until later that night so the lighting wasn't the best. The marionberry poppyseed cupcake was super fresh and yes, muffin like, which I am in to. The marionberry portion was a simple layer of marionberry preserves. Delicious, however I would have liked to see a higher level of commitment to the berry - such as baking the berries into the batter or a marionberry cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese frosting was pleasantly tangy and thick and not overly cloying. Overall, I was very happy with this cupcake and its unique flavor.
The peanut butter chocolate was equally as impressive. The cake was ultra fresh with a robust cocoa flavor. I liked how there was actually a thick layer creamy peanut butter between the cake and frosting as opposed to some whipped up stuff containing 15% peanuts. The chocolate fudge frosting was thick and perfectly sweetened to taste like chocolate, not like sugar. I am not a huge chocolate cake fan, but Piece of Cake could change my mind.
Below, warning: creepy late night cupcake dissections.
Piece of Cake
8306 SE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202