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CoCo's Cupcake Café - review.

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Nov. 3rd, 2009 | 11:22 pm
posted by: rice_dream_girl in pghveg

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Today, I finally managed to visit CoCo's Cupcake Café in Shadyside. I've ridden past it a couple of times, and have attempted to visit once before on a Monday, only to find it was closed. I'd had a look at the menu online and had thought I was going to get Monday's special, a vegan chocolate coconut cupcake, but I seemed to miss the opening hours which told me that it wasn't actually open on Mondays. Never mind; today when I explained my previous failed attempted visit to the guy working there, he apologised for the confusion and added an extra free cupcake to my order! I didn't catch his name, but he was extremely friendly and chatty, and explained that he's an architect and designed the minimalist interior himself. Whilst I liked the décor, I feel like the atmosphere of the café would have benefited from some sort of background music, as without it, it was a bit too minimalistic for my liking.

CoCo's gets extra points for vegan-friendliness because every day, the standard vegan red velvet cupcake is accompanied by a rotating daily extra flavour. Tuesday's vegan option is green tea, which is what I ordered as the red velvet had sold out. The cake itself was moist and tasty, however in comparison to Dozen's chocolate-vanilla cupcake, it loses in the size department. Clearly this wasn't too much of an issue for me as I had two to devour, and I very much enjoyed them, though I would have preferred a slightly higher ratio of cake to frosting. I've never had a green tea cupcake before so I wasn't sure what to expect, but the flavour was very delicate and subtle. Their vegan options all sound very appealing and I like that the daily specials are all linked by a theme. The cupcakes were also reasonably priced at $2.50 each, and I will certainly be going back again to try out some more. I'm particularly intrigued by the red velvet cupcake as I'm yet to find one that I'm impressed by; we'll see how theirs fares next time!


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Hey starlet

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from: freakshownia
date: Nov. 4th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
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Here's a picture of their vegan chocolate coffee! I got it last week (It's Wednesday's flavor) and I plan on going back tomorrow for another one!

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Girlfriend in a sugar coma.

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from: rice_dream_girl
date: Nov. 4th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
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Yum! I think I'm heading into the city again tomorrow, so I'm trying to decide between their chocolate coffee, and Dozen's chocolate mint! Dozen is in the lead at the moment, unless you can convince me otherwise :P

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Hey starlet

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from: freakshownia
date: Nov. 4th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
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I got them both last week - it's a hard choice! Depends on how hungry you are - Dozen's is quite a bit bigger (you can split it in two like I do). I will probably be picking up one at Dozen's as well to eat later, since I need to go to the post office which is right across the street. Maybe I'll see you there?

Also here's a picture of Friday's vegan margarita! This was especially good, I liked the lime.

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Girlfriend in a sugar coma.

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from: rice_dream_girl
date: Nov. 6th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
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Oh, hell yes, that Margarita one looks awesome! Thanks for the photo :) I ended up going to neither place as I spent the day baking cinnamon rolls at home :P

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Hey starlet

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from: freakshownia
date: Nov. 6th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
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Coco's had a vegan sweet potato cupcake today. I didn't get one, but it sounds intriguing... hmm!

What recipe do you use for cinnamon rolls?

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Girlfriend in a sugar coma.

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from: rice_dream_girl
date: Nov. 10th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Innnnteresting! A very similar recipe is on my blog as sweet potato cinnamon rolls for which you can sub pumpkin, but I keep playing around with it and trying to improve it. Once I get back to the US, they'll be on sale at weekends at Quiet Storm, hurrah! :D

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