You know those people who say, “I don’t have a sweet tooth,” or “I only crave salty foods”? I don’t trust them. How is that humanly possible? I can’t imagine having the kind of willpower it takes to stare down a LeVain Bakery cookie and walk away. What kind of sad existence is that anyway?
I do have standards though. I respect the cupcake, but it’s not really my thing. Ditto cake pops. (Oh, and I flat out hate Sweet & Sour candy.) I love whoopie pies, ice cream sandwiches, Black & White cookies, Girl Scout Cookies, and hot chocolate for starters. I’d just gone to the gym downtown and was feeling pretty healthy if I do say so, so I thought I’d stop in a nearby coffee shop for an Iced Coffee. Bad move. Little did I know I’d just stepped foot inside a bakery with fresh from the oven Monkey Bread, Raspberry-Filled Corn muffins, Sea Salt Cookies, and something dubbed “Baked French Toast.” Uh oh. It was trouble, but it was also too late. I got a a hunk of Monkey Bread, a “Pancake,” like the lovechild of crumb cake and pancakes, and PB & J Pound Cake. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the “Pancake,” but everything else was ridiculously good, like the Sea Salt Chocolate Chip cookies, which happened to have come fresh from the oven. And especially the PB & J Pound Cake.
An ingenious creation, the cake itself is peanut butter pound cake, deliciously dense and moist. It’s finely crumby, especially at the edges, and rich and nutty in the middle. And crumby at the edges. But it’s the thick, raspberry glaze, laced with chopped peanuts, that has us dreaming of this sweet pastry days later. Who needs men or women, for that matter, when you can curl up to a slice of this? Seriously.
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