cookbook TEST KITCHEN: ABBY GIRL SWEETS

TEST KITCHEN: ABBY GIRL SWEETS

Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery, owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team, bakes all their cupcakes from scratch—with flavor approval from chief taste tester, daughter Abby.

$2.75 per cupcake/$2.50 each if you buy more than six. www.abbygirlsweets.com.

Maija, Editor in Chief

I ate the pink cupcake in the picture up there: strawberry cake with strawberry icing. Does that seem like it would be too much strawberry? Yes. Was it? No. Strawberry cupcakes are my favorite cupcakes because they taste like summer instead of tiny, heavy desserts. This cake in particular was delicately flavored, incredibly moist (it stuck to my fingers), and not too sweet. The icing tasted like real strawberries, not weird chemical flavoring, and added to the flavor of the cake instead of overwhelming it. Best cupcake I’ve had in a long time.

Rebecca, Creative Director

I dislike cupcakes. Most sweets in general. Fruit is gross too, but I digress. What do I want for dessert on my birthday? Mashed potatoes. However, if forced to choose a cupcake, I will always go for carrot cake. And the carrot cake cupcake from Abby Girl gets a thumbs up from me. Not too sweet with a really great spice...the only suggestion I have: mashed potato ‘icing.’ What? No good?


Julie, Designer

I chose the vanilla cupcake because I’m a sucker for icing that looks like flowers. The cupcake was so moist that it was a little difficult to get out of the wrapper, but here my complaints end, if you even CAN complain about something like that. Holy moly, was this a great cupcake. It was super rich but not too sweet, not even with all that icing on it, which usually I’d scrape off but didn’t need to here because everything was so well-balanced. I recommend this cupcake to aesthetes with sweet-but-not-TOO-sweet tooths. Add a cup of coffee and you have yourself the ideal breakfast.