1921 Preston Road Ste 2004
Plano, Texas 75093
Bread pudding and cupcakes. Two things I love under one roof. This has to be a good thing, yes?
After having fasted for what felt like a million years for a doctor appointment, I figured it only made sense to finally stop by the newly opened Sweet Arleene’s in Plano and treat myself to a cupcake and a bread pudding, or 4.
Sweet Arleen’s sells cupcakes of the more rotund variety, and personal bread puddings in a sweet and savory variety.
Forever indecisive, I selected a couple of sweet, and a couple of savory bread puddings, as well as 4 cupcakes.
For the cupcakes, I selected Lemon Lace, Strawberry Cream, Salted Caramel Brownie, and a Pumpkin Toffee.
(Top Left to Right: Salted Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Cream)
Bottom Left to Right: Lemon Lace, Pumpkin Toffee)
To say the cupcakes were a let down was an understatement. The frosting all but slid right off the cupcakes. (I must note that I bought these and went straight home with them. They did not sit in my car for any length of time. They actually looked like this in the case.) So, you have runny frosting, over a pretty dense cake. There were a couple of good points. The Salted Caramel Brownie cupcake had a delicious brown sugar filling, and the flavor of the spiced salted buttercream was delicious, but it left that shortening slimy flavor in my mouth, as did the others.
My personal opinion is that they need to use more real butter and powdered sugar, and not overbeat the frosting. The cupcakes are dense, but not in a bad way. They just need frosting that can stand up to the cake, not cower in the corner of the cupcake box.
Now, let’s move on to the good, shall we? The bread puddings were nothing short of divine. Each bread pudding comes with it’s own sauce. Who doesn’t love big scoop of bread pudding drowning in a warm caramel sauce? Personally, I would have it any other way. Now, I had a really hard time selecting two sweet bread puddings. I really wanted them all, but at $5.50 each, I had to remind myself that I sadly only have one stomach. I decided to go for two flavors that I had never before had in bread pudding form, white chocolate blueberry with a vanilla bean sauce, and a pumpkin bread pudding with a caramelized brown sugar sauce.
(Left: White Chocolate Blueberry Bread Pudding with a Vanilla Bean sauce
Right: Pumpkin Bread Pudding with a Caramelized Brown Sugar sauce)
The white chocolate blueberry was exactly how I imagined. It was like the perfect warm blueberry muffin that was swimming in a river of vanilla glaze, because that is really what every blueberry wants.
The pumpkin bread pudding was spicy and all things fall. But the caramelized brown sugar sauce is x-rated all on its own. I found myself taking great care to ensure that no extra bit of sauce was left on my plate.
I think a bread pudding only store is something the world needs. I mean, have you ever been to Schulzies Bread Pudding in Venice or San Francisco? Amazing. They are on to something with their individual bread puddings. I’m a fan. But, when you have Sugar Ray’s Bake Shop that is less than a mile away, and has some of the best cupcakes in the city, I just don’t see the point in coming here for a cupcake.