4817 Convoy Street, Kearny Mesa
Blush Desserts, new kids in Kearny Mesa, are pushing out cupcakes and French macaroons (all in the $2-$4.50 range) like the end times draw nigh and only a massive influx of glorious, sweet sugar will stave off the coming dietary apocalypse.
It's not too easy to spot the boutique's entrance among the mini-Vegas glamor of Convoy Street shops, but the dessert café has a cool, Victorian bring it on sensibility that charms its way right into being almost too cute for its own good.
Tables line one wall, and a glass display case full of cupcakes resides on the other side of the interior. Lots of bright lights prove that, if nothing else, the place is spotlessly clean. Free samples of imperfect macaroons and miniature versions of the house cupcakes prove nothing at all, but taste perfectly good.
The red velvet cupcake variety, which everyone loves, are super tender and the frosting doesn’t succumb to excessive sugariness. Samoa cupcakes, an homage to the Girl Scout cookie of the same name, look great on paper but are going to be five-too-many types of sweet for most snackers.
Best of all by far, the banana cream cupcakes solve the age-old problem of banana cream pie being too smooshy. This is a cupcake possibly worth driving for, and absolutely worth a detour if you’re in the neighborhood for ramen or whatever! It helps that the shop stays open til 9 p.m. most nights, and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Blush’s macaroons fall, like the rest of the treats, on the sweet side. That’s good for some, bad for those who adore the subtle nuttiness of a great French macaroon. Blush gets credit, however, for sandwiching ice cream between two macaroons — and sometimes sprinkling Fruity Pebbles cereal on top.
Cavity inducing? Yes, but wonderful.
With a cool selection of tea from Tea Gallerie (check out the “flowering tea”), Blush gets novelty points for offering something like the “Sunday Tea Time” deal — tea for two and snacks for $15.