Azucar- Cuban style patisserie
4820 Newport Ave
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
So I decided to pay Azucar a visit and try it out for myself. The inside is brightly lit, clean and small. The menu is featured on flat panel tvs. Their menu features coffees, some sandwiches, and pastries. They had several scones available and I picked up a black and blue scone, a pineapple coconut scone and a key lime scone. I also got a mojito cookie. They also had a lot of cute cakes available. I ended up choosing a Artemisa, which is a coconut rum cake, topped with toasted coconut.
The one thing that surprised me when I was browsing the baked goods were the prices. The prices were definitely steep. As steep as the prices at places like Extraordinary Desserts. For such a small shop that isn't as well known, I was surprised at the prices. Boyfriend commented that the store did have three flat panel tvs just to feature their menu and perhaps that is why they were charging so much.
I originally had wanted to try a coconut cupcake. But the cupcakes were tiny. They couldn't even be considered regular cupcakes. More like mini cupcakes. And they were $2.75 each!
I took home my goods, and was able to resist eating most of them until after photographing them. I wasn't completely successful. I did devour the key lime scone in the car. But I didn't really enjoy it that much. It had a cream inside it that was more lemony tasting than lime.
Black and blue scone ($2.00)
Pineapple coconut scone ($2.00)
The coconut is not visible from the outside, but there were definitely flakes of coconut inside. I liked the pineapple coconut combination. Again, the scone was nice and moist and breaks off easily without crumbling.
Mojito cookie. ($1.75)
I got this mainly because I've never seen a mojito cookie. It tasted more like a lime sugar cookie, and not really like a mojito. But I still enjoyed it. The cookie was very chewy, which I love, and crispy on the outside.
Finally the Artemisa. Cuban rum cake, malibu coconut custard, topped with coconut. ($5.75 I believe)
This was the one I was looking most forward to. I've really been craving a coconut cake lately. But I was most disappointed with this one. The cake wasn't as flavorful as I would have liked. After a few bites, I didn't want anymore. Not nearly as yummy as the description had sounded.