The Dishful Thinker has turned the big 21 (+4). In an attempt to distract myself from the inevitable truth that is the “quarter-life crisis,” I planned the big day around food (duh).
Since there were plenty of good eats involved, I’m going to need to break up my birthday treats into different posts. Otherwise, this would be a post that rivals War and Peace in length.
Having a birthday in the middle of the week means I spent the majority of it in my cube at work. Thankfully, I have some wonderful coworkers (including the famous top-commenter and fellow foodie friend, Cher) who took me out for lunch. I typically prefer non-chain restaurants. But when I found out that CPK had a new warm butter cake on their dessert menu, I HAD to go.
My first introduction to the amazingness that is warm butter cake was a few years ago at Mastro’s (hellooo gorgonzola mac and cheese and steak that is incredibly melt-in-your-mouth tender). When I heard that CPK had recently added this to their menu, I wanted to see if it even compared (I know, I know. Mastro’s and CPK aren’t anywhere even remotely close enough to warrant a comparison. But until I save up for a 2nd trip to this beloved steakhouse, I’m going to have to settle for the version that’s 1/4 the cost).
The purpose of this birthday lunch trip truly was just to try this cake. But I guess I had to eat an actual meal before dessert So the cake. It was definitely warm, buttery, and, well, it was a cake. With a pink candle, no less! Towards the middle of the cake is where it was the warmest, moistest, butteriest and densest…which means it was the best part. The outer parts of the cake were unfortunately on the dry side. The cake was good, but obviously pales in comparison to its much fancier counterpart.
Bonus: it’s served à la mode.
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