I needed a pick-me-up with the continuation of this endless (and endlessly terrible) winter. That’s right; I needed the UPS man to deliver a food treat from a yummy bakery. I was debating what to order, but when I saw Momofuku had a cake that didn’t contain chocolate or cheese, my mind was made up. It was time for another delivery from Momofuku Milk Bar.
As always, my order included Corn Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, and Crack Pie. You can read my thoughts on them in further detail in my first review. In short, they’re totally awesome. You know I’m obsessed with the Peanut Butter Cookies, as I’ve also made them twice in about the last month. Crack Pie and Corn Cookies will also be on the baking agenda now that I’ve also stocked up on Corn Powder, which is a fabulous sub for cornmeal. I forget how good Crack Pie is in between orders. After one bite, I was hooked all over again and wanting to eat the entire pie. It is beyond words tasty – possibly the best thing I’ve ever eaten.
But this time, it was the Pineapple Upside Down Cake that had me super excited. I’ve told you before I don’t like pineapple upside down cake, but I can assure you I’ve never had pineapple upside down cake like this. If I had, my dislike for it never would have started. This cake was everything I hoped it would be and more.
It all begins with the best coconut cake I’ve ever had, and I love coconut cake and have eaten my fair share. Light and fluffy, it has great coconut flavor and tiny pieces of shredded coconut. Simply awesome! Then there’s the cherry-buttermilk soak. It adds a burst of pink and tang, not to mention moisture. The pineapple frosting is smooth and creamy with the flavor of sweetened pineapple. There are also a few pieces of pineapple that seem cooked or compressed. I’ve never been a big fan of pineapple, but these pieces made me like it more than ever. The cake mix crumbs on top and hidden in the cake were soft and slightly gritty and totally awesome. A bite with all of the components and flavors was mind blowingly amazing with different textures and flavors that all blend seamlessly to make food magic.
So all of you New Yorkers, take a trip to Momofuku Milk Bar as soon as possible. And for all of you non-New Yorkers like me, make it a pit stop on your next trip to New York or order some Momofuku Milk Bar goodies for a special treat!