By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
Lauren Taylor shows Hokulani Bakeshops new trio of flavors, from left, Snickerdoodle, mango with chili buttercream frosting, and mango with cream cheese frosting, at $3.50 each.
Do you have a craving for sugar and spice? You can satisfy both desires at Hokulani Bake Shop, where they’ve just introduced a trio of cupcakes: Snickerdoodle, mango with chili buttercream frosting, and mango with cream cheese frosting, at $3.50 each.
The mango features small pieces of the fruit, as well as a piece of candied fruit riding atop the cream cheese frosting version. The other mango cupcake has the mild zing of chili peppers, which I thought could be much hotter, although it’s been made palatable for those who aren’t usually comfortable mixing the savory with the sweet. Maybe they’ll introduce degrees of heat later, mild, medium and hot.
The Snickerdoodle was amazing, a ringer for the retro cookies made with shortening, cream of tartar and dusted with cinnamon sugar.
Coincidentally, the same day I tried Hokulani’s cupcakes, I headed to Apartment3 in the evening, where I enjoyed a lip-tingling chili cocktail and dessert of vanilla-infused milk and cookies, including flavors and textures of oatmeal, chocolate chip and … Snickerdoodles, perhaps inspired by co-owner Flash Hansen’s grandmother, who he says sends him a home-baked batch of Snickerdoodles every Christmas. Awwwww …
Milk and cookies at Aparment3 on the third floor of Century Center. The Snickerdoodle is the palest cookie just left of center.