Revenge via Cupcake

What’s in a name? A lot, if you’re Sweet Revenge, an easy-to-miss hole in the wall on Carmine Street renowned for its artisan cupcakes. The charming bistro was a welcome dry escape from the rain last week when I stopped in to test out their specials, and to save my hair from the wet rat look the weather was giving me.

Owner/founder Marlo Scott started the city’s only cupcake bakery/beer & wine bar in part to get revenge on coroporate managers who made her life miserable following a layoff in 2007.  Her hobby-gone-career (and pysche) have been thriving ever since. Truly Sweet Revenge.

Although the eatery centers on cupcakes, they boast a full menu, complete with weekend brunch options and special late night fare.  They also serve up happy hour specials from 4-8pm Monday through Friday, with drinks starting at $5 and signature cupcake pairings from $10.

I was ready for revenge myself on Tuesday, after getting drenched in the rain (thank you, cheap Duane Reade umbrella), and completing botching a job interview (I now realize telling the interviewer I don’t want a career in her industry was probably a bad move…).  Unlike Marlo, I decided to use food and wine as crutches rather than starting a great business, and I’m glad I took the easy route this time because it was delicious. Nothing like alcohol and saturated fat to recover from a terrible day.

I grabbed a glass of pinot noir and a Pure cupcake, one of Revenge’s recommended pairings. In my head, red wine always went with chocolate–which is often true–so I thought I was taking a risk combining the pinot with a white cupcake.  But this time the risk was worth it, my server was right, and my tastebuds were rewarded.

The Pure cupcake was like Betty Crocker on steroids–hearty, crumbly, which cake flecked with cinammon gave way under smooth vanilla buttercream topped with crystallied sugar. (read: a veritable food-gasm).

One of the most widely (althought difficult) to produce wines, the Pinot noir (Principato, Pinot Noir, Italy) was equally food-gasmic. Generally considered a versatile wine when it comes to food pairing, this Pinot was smooth and full, with a tart finish and supremely drinkable…I might have stayed for several glasses if I’d showed up at 4 p.m., when the Happy Hour(s) begin.

Overall, I ate, I drank, and I was very merry. Check it out.

Sweet Revenge Uncorked:


Mon – Thu 7am – 11pm,

Fri 7am – 12:30am,

Sat 11am – 12:30am,

Sun 11am – 10pm

Highlights: Changing cupcake selection couples variety with easy decision making, since there’s no huge list to decide from.

These cupcakes are of a normal size, so eating them is not a marathon event.

Wine slushies–finally elementary school comfort food goes adult.

Definitely Try: The pairings–an easy way to get the best of both worlds, especially if you’re not a sommelier.

Don’t: Show up with a huge group, this place is intimate. Great for dates, or small groups but there’s no room for big parties.

Fun Fact: Owner/Founder Marlo Scott started Sweet Revenge in an effort of sticking it to the man. Check it out.


  • December 7, 2011
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