For all ravenous red velvet lovers: this is for you! No really, this is truly for you. The folks who reserve red velvet cupcakes for super special occasions (think Penelope from Criminal Minds). The folks who will clean out a cupcake bakery’s one-day supply and scrape and claw others for a bite of this vibrant hued confection (you know who you are). And the folks who won’t eat any other dessert because everything else just pales in comparison (“c’mon, THERE’S CREAM CHEESE FROSTING, OH EM GEE!”). I just had a coworker tell me this week that he doesn’t eat dessert (dude, do we even co-exist in the same universe?!) but that when he tried red velvet, it made him crazy and now he can’t get enough of the stuff! I can’t relate. I have a sweet tooth like nobody’s business but I can’t consider myself a part of this demographic. Because I’m actually not the biggest fan of red velvet.
*cue crickets chirping*
Don’t all chuck things at me at once! I know, I know, I’ve posted about red velvet cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe and Sweet Escape Patisserie. And I admit, red velvet things are gorgeous and captivating to look at. The cream cheese frosting makes me salivate too. But between red velvet cake and lemon or vanilla, there’s just no contest. I’d swipe a vanilla cupcake before I’d stick my face in a red velvet. And it’s not because I hate it! I just always felt red velvet, as a flavour, was a giveaway in the sense that some folks and places can get away with doing a crappy job knowing the popularity and novelty of it will sell itself. And I think that’s shitty. Because trust me when I say I’ve had bad, bland, flavourless red velvet before and experiences like those make you wonder why the heck you even wasted the calories on it in the first place.
But! There is always a bright side and for me, the red velvet bright side shines oh-so-bright from Short & Sweet Cupcakes’ side of the pond. And I know you may think, “oh, well of course it would because you love Short & Sweet!” Not necessarily. Let it be known that their Lemon Drop is my least favourite out of their line-up and from my perspective, their weakest out of all the ones I’ve tried. And this is coming from a person who could live off of lemon anything. So you know that when I say something kicks ass or is not so hot, it’s coming from the bottom of my heart.
Their “Ooh La La!” red velvet ($2.90 each) blows it out of the water. We’re talking thick, creamy, rich cream cheese frosting on top of some of the moistest red velvet cake you’ll ever sink your teeth into and that is due, in part, to the RASPBERRY FILLING! Raspberry filling. In a red velvet cupcake. With cream cheese frosting. That is just pure fabulousness. This cupcake hits every profile you could ever want. Decadent, creamy, juicy, tart, sweet, you name it. When you get a red velvet from here, you know you are getting a fan-freakin’-tastic cupcake, plain and simple. They do its novelty and popularity justice 10 times over and it leaves you wanting so many more. I went into it thinking I’d just give it a shot considering it was one of the ones I still hadn’t tried from Short & Sweet yet (it’s an everyday cupcake so you can get them any day from Tuesday to Sunday if you fancy) and I came out of it genuinely loving it to pieces.
So to all red velvet enthusiasts: you need these luscious confections in your life, pronto.
Short & Sweet Cupcakes serves 2 locations:
- 1945 Avenue Rd., south of Wilson Ave. They are open from 11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays.
- 1480 Major Mackenzie Dr. West at the corner of Major Mackenzie and Dufferin Street in Vaughan. They are open from 12pm-7pm Tuesday-Saturday and 12pm-6pm on Sundays. This location is also closed on Mondays.