Sweet Science

Local desserts, broken down and expounded upon.

With Cherise Watts, Katie Zipper, and Kristin Okinaka By Kathryn Robinson, Jess Thomson, Camden Swita, Jessica Voelker, and Jill Watanabe February 16, 2009 Published in the March 2009 issue of Seattle Met

Bunsen burner or crème brûlée torch? In this special section, Seattle Met researchers compile the data on local desserts—with delicious results.

Last Course Legwork: a dessert safari through Seattle restaurants, with photos and descriptions of "last course" options elevated to blockbuster status.

Cupcake Trials: Seattle Met staff blind taste tests "our little frosted friends" in three flavors from seven local bakeries.

Chocolate Lab: like "Cupcake Trials," but with chocolate.

Pastry Pop Quiz: we challenge chefs at Canlis, Poppy, Taste, and Honoré Artisan Bakery to invent a dessert using four local ingredients.

Brownie Bakeoff: kind of like "Pimp My Ride" for brownie mixes. We compare, and also augment.

Sugar Sub Study: your guide to sweeteners sans refined sugar.

Shopping Guide: businesses highlighted in the cupcake, chocolate, brownie, and sugar substitutes pieces, corralled and linked for premium clickability.

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