Price: $3.25 – $4.50
I had to give Serious Eats a little more credit when they finally wrote a negative review on Lucy’s; surprisingly, they were brutal for once. So with a regained trust in Serious Eats, I had to try the pumpkin bar from Billy’s Bakery when I saw the picture of a perfect looking dessert from Billy’s Bakery. Even though I’m not a huge fan of Billy’s cupcakes, on paper, the bar seemed like everything I wanted; what’s there not to love? Cream cheese frosting, LOVE. Pumpkin cake, LOVE. Walnuts, LOVE. I was already in love even before I tried it because even my trusty NFT claimed Billy’s to be a favorite of theirs.
The pumpkin bar was severely disappointing (severely, maybe because my expectations were severely elevated?). The frosting lacked the flavor of cream cheese and the texture was grainy; it just tasted like pure sugar. I immediately stopped tasting the frosting and just proceeded onto the cake. Whilst the cake was moist, the cake lacked pumpkin flavor and spice; it was boring and disgustingly sweet. I stopped with the bar after the initial tastings.
Thank goodness my friend spotted and bought the pumpkin cheesecake because we were both pouting from the pumpkin bar. Unlike the bar, I was severely surprised at how awesome the cheesecake was (severely, maybe because my expectations were severely low?). The cheesecake was heavenly; the texture AND flavor was a mixture of pumpkin pie and cheesecake, more on the pumpkin side. The flavor of the pumpkin was right on and the cheese was more of the supporting flavor, which I loved. It wasn’t too sweet and it was the perfect companion to my cup of joe. The crust had broken pieces of pecans in it which made this dessert the perfect autumn treat.