I have a sweet tooth. I mean, a major sweet tooth. I can’t get enough of cakes, cookies, brownies, or just about any type of pastry. Although typical Italian pastries are good, and I’ll very rarely turn one down when offered, most just seem to miss the mark with me. I am used to (and prefer) richer, sweeter pastries.
I crave light, moist cakes with buttercream icing, rich chocolate brownies, melt in your mouth chocolate chip cookies … all of these abundant in the U.S., but missing in Italy.
When I stumbled across MADE and saw a variety of American style pastries on display, I almost tripped over myself trying to enter the shop.
I am a sucker for cupcakes, and that’s what I’ve gone for both times I’ve visited. I’ll have to try a cookie or two next time though.
The first time I went, I had a chocolate and lavender cupcake (pictured below). It was quite unique – chocolate cake with thick, fudge-like chocolate icing topped with sprinkles of dried lavender. It had just a hint of lavender flavor, not overpowering at all. Different taste, but quite good. However, the cake was a little on the dry side.
The next time I went I chose the red velvet cupcake (pictured above). This one was really tasty. The cake seemed to be more chocolate than red velvet (no complaints here), and was moist. The cream cheese icing was airy and whipped. Needless to say, I polished this one off in record time!
If you’re only in Rome for a few days, MADE probably shouldn’t be added to the top of your to-do list. But if you’re craving American baked goods, this could be just the fix you need.