The Black Rooster; my favorite bakery in Fort Worth.
A couple of Thursdays ago my brother and I are standing outside of the Black Rooster trying to snap some photos because I get these sounded-good-at-the-time ideas. Anyway, we are particularly focusing on trying to get a shot of a bag when a guy pulls up and goes in. Nothing strange about that.
Well, we’re not exactly quick at getting a good shot, so when the guy comes out we’re still trying to get a picture of the bag. He stops, looks at us and proceeds to tell us that we must like that bag because we had been photographing it for a while…
Haha, we laugh politely. (inside I’m the loveliest shade of red)
I tend to get embarrassed very easily – probably because I do a lot of embarrassing things – and after that I just wanted to. end. it. Let’s go, I try to tell my brother. The photos are good enough… and why doesn’t he mind his own business??
My family discovered this gem a few years ago. After hearing it’s Tim Love’s favorite bakery in Fort Worth, we knew it was worth a try.
While we are not going every single week (sometime twice!) anymore, it’s still my favorite place to go for a treat of chocolate meringue pie – something I never wanted to touch until I was introduced to theirs – cake, galettes (oh, the crust!), chocolate croissants, cream cheese honey buns, brioche, eclairs… the list could go on.
*whisper* In my family it has even been said that the eclairs rival those of the Flour Bakery in Boston.
Unfortunately, the former owner of this quaint bakery, Marche Ann Mann, sold it last year. And as in a lot of such circumstances it hasn’t been quite the same. It seems to be now that their main focus is lunch and that the dessert (even the bread?) selection has gone down, which makes sense as the new owners operate a restaurant as well. I wish she would have sold it – given, if necessary – to her pastry chef who is responsible for the pies etc. that I love so much… ;)
While I understand the reasons behind the sale, it really is a shame that she no longer owns it. It seems to lack the certain charm it once had – maybe it’s just because I know she’s not in the back anymore. Also, I just don’t like the focus on lunch – it’s the Black Rooster Bakery, not cafe/bistro/whatever!
However, I guess they didn’t ask me, did they? (they should have!)
I really shouldn’t be complaining though, because it was for a trip to this bakery back in May that we have to thank for the cake which you see before you now.
After a morning of sitting in school listening to recitations and seeing my nieces graduate from kindergarten and first grade, my mom and I made a visit and tried this most amazing cake.
Caramel Macchiato? I don’t even like caramel! (well, not usually…)
I apologize. Anyone can change – long enough to eat this cake, at any rate!
Luscious espresso flavored(?) – second time around I also tasted maybe a hint of almond?? – frosting heaped on top of the moistest slice (I will give them this: you get a HUGE slice for your money!) of cake. Oh my goodness, that cake very nearly didn’t make it home for the sibs to try! I seriously had a hard time staying out of it. And guys, it wasn’t even chocolate!! (that’s a big deal: #chocoholic)
I wanted to replicate this cake. I had to replicate this cake – I wanted to share it with you, the world. Everyone must have a chance to experience such joy, even if you are not a big caramel fan. (I wouldn’t say I exactly replicated it but I was so happy with the results I got, that I am quite content ending my search here.)
The lowdown: The moistest (and one of the easiest) cakes you will ever make topped with a luscious espresso frosting, takes the meaning of Caramel Macchiato to a new level!
P.S. A. This cake is addicting. B. There is actually no caramel in the cake or frosting whatsoever. Just an optional drizzle on top – like the drink.
P.P.S. Pardon the grainy looking frosting. I ran out of powdered sugar and my mom had already gotten back from one run to the store (I was not going to send her back) so I attempted to make my own powdered sugar. I don’t know what went wrong, but unless you have the answer, I wouldn’t recommend it…
P.P.P.S. Be sure you check back next week for some exciting news regarding a giveaway… I can’t wait!!