A couple of weeks ago, I got a nice email from the co-owner of the Nashville location of Nothing Bundt Cakes. The store just had its one-year anniversary last week and to help celebrate (and announce a new location in Cool Springs), she offered to have me come in and sample the cakes.
I have to admit that I have driven past the store a number of times and have resisted. Just like I resist the cupcake stores and the frozen yogurt and ice cream stores. I rarely treat myself. Those kinds of things are reserved for special occasions, I tell myself (in order to avoid busting out of my clothes). But free cake? How could I resist? Also, it was a special occasion. Last week also happened to include my birthday. What better way to celebrate than with free cake? Well, with free good cake!
And good it is. Uh, was. These cakes are unbelievably moist. Even the notoriously dry red velvet. And the chocolate, too. Like a cake you'd bake at home, but even better (don't get me started on chocolate bakery cakes, most of which I think are inedible). It was difficult to choose, but for my big birthday cake, I went with the pecan praline. For some reason, it just really spoke to me. It's fantastic. It's not better than the chocolate (which also has chocolate chips), but I just can't have that much chocolate cake within reach. I'd get nuts. I'd eat so much I'd be sugarbuzzing for days.
But I did get some bundtinis that were chocolate. And some lemon, red velvet, and white chocolate raspberry. All excellent. All moist. And even the carrot cake is good! No raisin bombs or nuts, either. Just a bit of very subtle pineapple. And all the cakes are frosted with this butter-cream-cheese frosting that is perfect. The consistency and flavor are wonderful. The cakes come in bundtini (about the size of a cupcake), bundtlet (easily equivalent to 2-3 slices of cake) and 8- and 10-inch full size bundts. I tried some of all the sizes and the moistness and quality were all the same. Delicious.
But don't take my word for it. You can try them yourself. They put out fresh samples in the store every day. And even better, here's a chance to win a bundtlet a month for a "hole" year! Just leave a comment telling me which flavor you'd most like to try. Their flavors include: chocolate chocolate chip, red velvet, lemon, white chocolate raspberry, carrot, marble, white white chocolate, cinnamon swirl and pecan praline plus a featured flavor each month. This month's flavor is pumpkin spice.
This contest is only good for the Nashville-area stores and will be open for entries between now and 6:00pm CDT, Friday, October 5, 2012. One entry per person. I will draw the winner at random and contact them shortly thereafter. If I can't reach the winner within 24 hours, I will draw another, so be sure to leave a valid (weekend) email address!
Nothing Bundt Cakes
21 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37205
535 Cool Springs Blvd. #110
Franklin, TN 37067
(Next to Royal Thai and Newk's)
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