Ok, and that's the end of the review....just kidding, but you're already imagining eating it aren't you? When you're hard core like CSC, you reputation preceeds you: You expect something quality and tasty. Good, but not necessarily fantastic.
So, yesterday, we head to my in-laws who always put a great holiday feast on the table. We had a tasty ham surrounded by a nice variety of sides (homemade applesauce, fresh veggies, casseroles, etc). As nice as dinner is, dessert is by no means neglected, no no no, plus there's always a pattern to it. My mom-in-law has a different cheesecake: this holiday was an Oreo cheesecake that was quickly devoured. Next, my dad-in-law always puts at least one fruit pie on the table: this time is was an excellent apple crumb pie (nice and cold, just like my ice cream). Does it stop there? Of course not! We also have the alternating dish: could be anything really, and this time it was the Strawberry Passion Ice Cream Cake.
Strawberry passion is one of the six Signature Cakes from CSC. It was an 8" round that supposedly serves 14, though it's marked off into 6 sections (don't ask me why). I took 2/3 of one of these sections and gave the other third to my daughter...who had no interest in it. I was shocked really. She had a few bites, then grabbed a few of the cookies that were infront of her, didn't like those, then ran off to sit with her auntie who was right next to a big plate of these powdery cookies. Apparently those cookies were good since all that was left was a little powdery face and a smile....but no matter, this is not a cookie blog, it's all about the ice cream! strawberry ice cream layered with red velvet cake! don't forget the strawberry frosting and a ring of graham cracker chunks.
This cake looks fantastic! I just wanted to pull the whole thing in front of me and eat to my hearts content. That, of course, would probably be a bad idea in the long run. So, I went with just a slice and dug in. I like it, I don't love it, but I like it. There's a layer of strawberry puree in the middle and the consistency throws me off a bit when I bit into the cake. Maybe I should have let it thaw a little longer, but hey, that's something to keep in mind when you buy this cake. Sure, it's $27.50 (before coupon), but you have to try it at least once. I'd probably recommend it as a birthday cake, because whoever gets it should really be impressed since the presentation, at least to a die hard ice cream fan, it fantastic...Oh, I already said that didn't I?
So presentation is great. Taste is good. I think I'd almost like a bit more frosting on it. I think the last few bites, the ones with a great frosting to cake ratio, were the most enjoyable. I was just enjoying my cake, thinking it was good, then i had those last 4 bites and the little switch in my brain turned on and told me to cut another slice. I didn't though, I finished with a small slice of the apple crumb pie instead.
One side note: In the CSC picture, it looks like there are graham cracker chunks in the cake itself, but I didn't notice this yesterday.
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