Friday, August 12, 2011

Marionberry Poppyseed Cupcakes, etc: Piece of Cake

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


JustinM said...

I do wish I liked peanut butter or chocolate. It would make things so much easier. But I'll take the apple-rum raisin.

Elra's cooking and baking said...

How I wish I can just grab this cupcakes from my screen. They look super Anna.

tasteofbeirut said...

I like the idea of riding by and stopping for a fresh-tasting cupcake! I would have been so curious to taste that chantilly flavor!

Gastronomer said...

"Pools of drool..." Loved that statement!

Yes, more commitment is always welcome when it comes to flavors ;-)

Anna A. said...

JustinM - Just means you get along better with the rest of the world (aka women... more chocolate for us(although I am not usually a choco person).

Elra - This could be a novel invention.

tasteofbeirut - I will be back for the Chantilly, you betcha! Just got to plan on being early, which never happens.

Gastronomer - Pools, but no floaties needed :-)

Ivy said...

I haven't eaten a cake in months and you can imagine that now I am drooling reading your post.

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Helen said...

Okay, I must be living under a rock because I have never heard of marionberry before. Your cupcakes look amazing and remind me of the vegan, gluten free ones I see at the farmer's market at $3.50 a pop! Pricey, eh?Last time I tried a vegan, gluten free cupcake the flavour I chose was coconut-lime and it was very limey, which I loved! What other unique cupcake flavours did Piece of Cake offer?

Helen said...

My bad, I just saw the photo of the various cupcake flavours. Duh!

Anna A. said...

Helen - No way not under a rock - it's just the native berry that grows everywhere here - just like marionberries in southern california and i am sure you have some kind of local berry in your neck of the woods that i have never heard of (and would rabidly want).

Helen said...

Anna, Well let's see...we have standard berries like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mulberries, and then there are rarer species like gooseberries, ground cherries, and hybrid berries i.e. tayberry, loganberry and boysenberry...of which I haven't even tasted before.