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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cavity Search: Party Cake, Party Cake, Party Cake

Posted by on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 4:25 PM


A couple months ago, I found Megan Seling in Nashville and she gave me the gift of Party Cake Peeps—two of may favorite things in one thing! ("This is for when you're stoned," she said, because she is the best.) Since then, I've sought out all the cake-flavored sweets I could find (that weren't literal cake), because it's apparently a trend right now. A trend I can get behind.

Quick confession: I had semi-hippie healthy parents who were not down with me eating sugar like, ever. I would nibble on baking chocolate on the sly (my mom once thought we had a mouse until I fessed up to tearing tiny holes in the bottom of the powdered sugar bags) and could not wait for sleepovers where kids got treats like Lucky Charms and Pop-Tarts for breakfast. When I started getting a couple bucks for allowance, the very first thing I ever bought with my own money was a container of Funfetti Frosting from the IGA Grocery store down the street from my house. I hid it in my desk drawer and ate it with a spoon. I will never be that happy again.


SO, I definitely have an affinity for this birthday-party flavor that's popping up in everything right now. I guess "party cake" understood to be the flavor of white cake, which is the flavor of buttery vanilla, plus sprinkles?

I've had cake-flavored froyo at Yogurt Land (pretty good), birthday-cake M&Ms (really subtle), birthday-cake Oreos (delightful! comes in golden and chocolate). The biggest disappointment was Dairy Queen's confetti cake Blizzard—the cake pieces tasted like frosted decomposing mattress and the vanilla ice cream is so zzzzzz at that joint. It doesn't even have a taste. Unless "cold" is a taste.

Oh, and because you asked, here are some unrelated Nashville observations:

- Men over the age of 15 wear boots. Jeans and boots, slacks and boots, shorts and boots (I'm serious), even the most casual, grungy band dudes had on a pair of boots.

- Though I watched several episodes of The Private Lives of Nashville Wives in preparation for the Nashville visit, there was not a single turkey-tanned wife in sight. Taylor Swift was also notably absent.

- Everyone in Nashville can sing. Baristas, servers, accountants, teachers... everyone you meet is in an earnest country band and has the voice of an angel.


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reverend dr dj riz 1
.. god you and megan are SO on top of things. i'm seeing cake confections everywhere, which troubles me because none of the variations of cake confections come from places that were ever good at making cake - not even 'snack' cakes - an oxymoron because true cake is much more than a snack. and bad cake is always a must to avoid. but, dag if didn't get suck into this big ole display of the latest line from russell stover cake-y candies. they come in at least 7 flavors. white chocolate wedding cake truffle, and white chocolate carrot cake truffle sound horrid on every level, and would you buy a snack package of ' delicious sugar free birthday cake drenched in a smooth sugar free milk chocolate' ? but they got me with the dark chocolate red velvet cake truffle . at least the display motivated me to try one out, but damn, that turned out to be some ugly tasting shite. do you like this sort of thing ?…
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on May 29, 2014 at 6:21 PM · Report this
I'm just going to pause here and take a quick moment to reflect on how awesome Riz is. Love you.

Posted by Somethingunique on May 29, 2014 at 9:16 PM · Report this
Emily Nokes 3
@1 - RIZ!! You ate that thing!! Oh man, yes, I totally tried that. I think I made Dom try it, too - it tastes gritty! Doesn't it say it has cake batter or something in the ingredients? But more like the powdered cake mix you buy at the store… mixed with clay and covered in chocolate. Hahaha Russell Stover is always such a crapshoot. I think I have referred to them as the Wet N' Wild brand of candies—a makeup brand that occasionally has good 99¢ eyeliner, but otherwise, don't fuck with it ;)
Posted by Emily Nokes on May 29, 2014 at 9:17 PM · Report this
Sean Kinney 4
So is Nashville cool? I'm guessing they don't have Apodments.
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on May 30, 2014 at 12:24 AM · Report this
icouldliveinhope 5
I think party cake means funfetti, MY FAVORITE THING.
Posted by icouldliveinhope on May 30, 2014 at 8:21 AM · Report this
tabletop_joe 6
Ooo, I tried those party Peeps at Easter time. They had them at Bartell's and they were amazing.
Posted by tabletop_joe on May 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM · Report this
I don’t really like Molly Moon Ice Cream but I do love the Birthday Cake flavor! Oh and that Birthday Cake drink, that is yummy too.
Cake conjurs up memories of happy times, its no surprise the corporate food schmucks are trying to capitalize on it

Posted by olive oyl on May 31, 2014 at 2:48 PM · Report this

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