Lately, I’ve been spoiling my appetite by consuming rich desserts moments before sitting down to dinner. I don’t mean to disrupt the natural order of things, it’s just that bakeries tend to close up early, and keeping my hands off freshly purchased sweets is nearly impossible. Gluttony and lack of self control seem to compromise my usual good sense.
The latest episode of appetite spoilage occurred while visiting Birmingham. The Astronomer and I were on our way to the Cajun Steamer for a family dinner when I spied a branch of Edgar’s Old Style Bakery a few doors down. Even though we were minutes away from breaking bread, I insisted that we step inside to quickly peruse the selection. After oohing over the goods, I unsurprisingly walked out of the shop with a red velvet cupcake in hand. The sensible move at that point would have been to save the sweet until after supper, but where’s the fun in that?
I’ve indulged in many red velvets in the past, but this was my first truly authentic Southern one. The dainty crimson cupcake was topped with a neat swirl of cream cheese frosting and dusted with cakey crumbles. The mildly flavored cake was moist, yet firm, while the well-portioned frosting teetered tastily between sweet and tangy. The size of the cupcake was also just right—we finished off the final bite right as we walked through the restaurant’s door.
Full disclosure: I ate another dessert after dinner at the Cajun Steamer, deep fried cheesecake to be exact.
Edgar’s Old Style Bakery
180 West Main Street
Hoover, AL 35244