Last week, I met up with JR for a LONG-awaited catch-up. We decided to convene at Sweet Revenge in the Village for some drinks and some sweets. And lots of chatting.
Sweet Revenge is a cute little place, part cafe, part bar, part cupcake shop. There's a totally laid-back vibe, and you can chill at the tables or take your treats to go. They sell frosting martinis--that's just frosting in a glass-- and that's pretty much all you need to know. JR and I parked ourselves at a table, and while sweating profusely, we made our decisions.
For JR, there was a cupcake pairing: Crimson & Cream cupcake (that's raspberry red velvet for the uninitiated) and raspberry bellini. The drink was so cute and pink, it was irresistible. And the cupcake itself was no slouch-- sweet, tender cake, more sugary than chocolatey, and a smooth cream cheese frosting. No losers in this bunch.
For me, I went with the iconic Sweet Revenge cupcake, a peanut butter cake with a chocolate ganache center and peanut butter fudge frosting. This cupcake was, in a word, excellent. The flavor profile was like a sophisticated Reese's PBC: the peanut butter was definitely present but not heavy or overwheming, and the chocolate was a welcome accent. The cake itself was moist and light, the frosting smooth but not too buttery. And if you manage to get a bite with a bit of cake, a bit of ganache, and a bit of frosting, well... you're in luck.
Sweet Revenge makes one of the best cupcakes in town. At $3.50 apiece, they're not cheap, but they're not small either. Their regular vanilla ("Pure") and chocolate ("Dirty") cupcakes are equally stellar. If you like cupcakes, you should get yourself down to Sweet Revenge, stat. A cupcake, a drink-- what more could you want?
62 Carmine Street