Counterpoint to salty 'cue: caramel cake. Unlike the wrapped, shelf-stable candies that sometimes attain the hardness of table-top hockey pucks, the caramel frosting was just as meltingly luscious as it looks. Alas, at dessert-time, a decision had to be made, and in hindsight the red velvet looked ever more tempting once out of reach. The same had been true for the strawberry cake — a regret since remedied (bottom photos).
110 West Bankhead St., New Albany, Mississippi
At the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
In and around Madison Square Park, Manhattan
(The 2018 event takes place on June 9-10)