Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Logo: Sugar Sweet Sunshine

Not since "Snakes on a Train" has a product's name captured its essence so accurately as Sugar Sweet Sunshine, a gourmet NYC cupcakery. The cupcakes of Sugar Sweet Sunshine (can just call it SSS? S3? S cubed?) look like you'd expect from a chic bakery: tasty looking morsels with cute, colorful sprinkles. Thankfully, the cakes are full-sized - not minis. That might be more cute than a man could handle.

Eating a Sugar Sweet Sunshine cupcake is like getting hit in the mouth with a bag of sugar, a pound of butter, and a bottle of vegetable oil all at the same time. The frosting is sweet. Saccharine sweet. S3 scientists must have discovered how to compound sugar into a new element on the periodic table. I admit, I'm not much of a frosting fan, and S3's is more bakery decadence than I can handle.

The cakes themselves are excellent. All of them are light and spongy. The vanilla is particularly light, though the frosting literally weighs the dome of the cake down in the middle. The chocolate would certainly ring the bell of any dark chocolate fan with its bitter edge. The standout for me, though, is the pumpkin with its winning, toothsome flavor.

Summary: heavy hyperbolic sugar blasted frosting gets in way of perfectly good cupcakes
Rating: fair

Details: Sugar Sweet Sunshine is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at 126 Rivington St. Cupcakes run $1.50. Their website is at http://www.sugarsweetsunshine.com/.

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