Monday, January 31, 2011

Cake O's by Cakes Suzette

Inspired by a post I read on 5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures featuring a product review of Cake O's, I meandered over to the company website to check out what these scrumptious looking bites of dessert were all about. I discovered Cakes Suzette an online bakery based out of Los Angeles. Their signature product is the Cake O, a tasty treat measuring about 1 1/2 inches in diameter made in small batches to ensure freshness, with flavorful frosting coated in rich velvet chocolate. Cakes Suzette prides itself on the use of quality ingredients including cage free eggs, rich Belgium chocolate, fresh picked lemons and vanilla from the Sonoma Syrup Company. Impressed with what I'd discovered, I sent the company an inquiry and was contacted by Ira, the VP of Sales and Marketing. The thought of trying Cake O's had me extremely delighted and I was happy my inquiry was met with such a welcome response. Less thank a week later, I received a gift box fastened with a lime green bow that revealed a Cake O's Assorted Sampler.These cakes were not what I expected, in a good way. A very good way. A dense batter strikes a balance of semi moist cake that is just shy of being considered overly rich; in some instances containing bits of the feature ingredient melting into each bite of cakey goodness. Natural frosting that is void of any overpowering or artificial sweetness is infused and the round nugget is coated in chocolate that cracks gingerly in your mouth before melting into your taste buds. This is not your typical light and fluffy batter or whipped cake frosting. The cakes, to me, are an innovative play on a classic box of chocolates. In the Red Velvet Cake O, tiny chocolate chips are laced within the red batter infused with cream cheese frosting and topped with white chocolate.
First impression: That's a damn good cake.
Mocha was up next, the chocolate cake has cappuccino and espresso chips inside, is infused with coffee butter cream icing, coated in chocolate and topped with an espresso bean. The coffee flavors were mild, taking a backseat role, or perhaps were overpowered by rich chocolate. On the contrary, the Chocolate Peanut Butter was bursting with creamy nutty flavors. The peanut butter frosting graces the taste buds right off the bat. The chocolate cake has peanut butter chips baked in so even more bursts of the feature ingredient is laced throughout each bite. Chocolate Peanut Butter takes the cake! (In other words, it was my favorite.) Next up was the Lemon Cake, where the aforementioned fresh picked lemons come into play. Tart citrusy batter mingles with sweet raspberry frosting, followed by rich white chocolate that shatters into a melty crumble. If you prefer fruit to chocolate, this bright and refreshing flavored Cake O is for you. The classic Vanilla Chocolate is vanilla cake baked with chocolate chips, combined with bittersweet chocolate frosting and covered in milk chocolate. This cake embodied a lighter fluffier texture in comparison to the others.
And finally, the Carrot Cake, decorated appropriately, combines traditional cream cheese frosting with a white chocolate finish. This cake was exceptionally moist and super flavorful. I enjoyed sampling these over the course of the weekend (way to filling to eat all in one sitting) as well as Cakes Susette's Mallomore Bars made with organic gram cracker, homemade marshmallow, and rich dark chocolate. The products tasted unbelievably fresh, especially having traveled all the way from the West Coast. You can purchase Cake O's in quantities ranging from 6 to 36 pieces in flavors including what I've sampled above as well as Chocolate Mint, Brownie, Coconut and Spiced Pecan. Many thanks to Ira for providing me the opportunity to sample Cakes Suzette's truly unique and amazingly flavorful signature products.

18 comments:

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I shouldn't have read this so early in the morning. Now I have cake on the brain. The lemon one looks particularly good to me. YUM!

MelissaNibbles said...

OH MY GOD! I want every single one of those cakes right now. The frosting looks incredible.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

That is awesome that they just sent you a box to sample! These cakes look so adorable!

Elizabeth said...

oh those are adorable. The inside of the lemon cake looks so moist, it almost looks like marzipan. The carrot one could not be cuter.

Boston Food Diary said...

Oh my word! After SEVERAL disappointing cupcakes recently these look AMAZING!!!!! They may just get another Boston order soon!!!!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

oh my goodness i NEED that- esp the red velvet and peanut butter one. Looks delicious!!

Megan said...

Those look adorable! I can't believe how moist there were even after traveling. What a great treat. The lemon cake with raspberry and that peanut butter one both sound awesome!

Anna said...

They look and sound delicious!!!
Τhe Carrot Cake is adorable.
xx

Alicia said...

These sounds delicious! I am all about that peanut butter fella.

Shannon said...

oh man. pb-o... hehe :) i'm all over it!!

this free bird said...

Look at these little sassy babies. I'm ready to fall off the gluten wagon right about NOW

xo,
C

Michelle Collins said...

Damn, these look good! Love the looks of the carrot cake one.

Amber Blue Bird said...

wow those treats look amazing and yes dam good!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Like gourmet cake bites, a staple of the office birthday party! Woo hoo!

Jammer said...

Mmmm what I would do to start my day with one of those tmrw!~

Kelly said...

I need those in my life! They look so wonderful!

Oh, My Darling said...

Oh wow, these look and sound AMAZING!!!

Corinne said...

i should not have read this post at such a vulnerable sugar hour of the night! the red velvet looks so dense and AMAZING! what a fun twist on a box of chocolates :)