Restaurant Reviews

Kitchener Collective

January 16, 2015

Yesterday I was really in the mood for a cupcake so I went to Kitchener Collective (what used to be teacake bakeshop in Corte Madera).

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

Waste of Ingredients.
Wouldn’t buy again. In fairness, they sell goods from a variety of different vendors, so there could be better choices (I hope there are).

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

Kitchener Collective has the same layout as the previous bakery (take out only) with a changed logo and decor. The idea behind the store front is very cool, it’s a sales extension of the owner’s commercial kitchen in Oakland and they feature both savory and sweet items from the businesses that use that kitchen. There was still a decent selection when I walked in thirty minutes before they closed, they had cookies, cupcakes, empanadas, and some bars. I happened to choose what the lady behind the counter said was her second favorite, the salted caramel cupcake (her favorite is the lemon).

What I ate:

  • Salted caramel cupcake ($3.25)

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Thoughts?

The cupcake was chocolate with what tasted like vanilla frosting and salted caramel drizzled on top. The chocolate cupcake was fluffy and moist, but it lacked flavor and didn’t taste much different than an out-of-the-box cake. The frosting was too sweet and also did not taste fresh… or good for that matter. After finishing the cupcake I felt sick, the kind of sick you feel from eating too much of an overly processed treat. I will not be purchasing products from Tart (the particular bakery that this item came from) any time soon. However, this is not a representation of Kitchener Collective as a whole since they feature various bakers. This is just a public service announcement to try something else. Although to be honest, if this the employee’s second favorite, I don’t want to know what her least favorite tastes like.

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