Cake Love - A Second Location?!?!?!?
Just saw in this moring's Washington Post Express that Cake Love is looking to expand in the DC area to one of the suburbs. The article in Express poses it as though they are looking to customers to help them determine where they should open their next Cake Love location.
I found this amusing and thought it worth sharing since on these boards we all (yours truly included) tend to pan Cake Love as the last place to go in DC for baked goods.
So, I wonder, is this more ego from Warren, or does he really have the following to warrant another location?
As for where he should put the new locale, he can skip VA as far as I'm concerned. I'm still holding out hope for a Buttercup Bakeshop!
I bet Cakelove will likely suffer from expansion, as more people give it a taste.
Everyone I know who's eaten products from Cakelove HATES them! No matter their background, anyone I know who's tasted something from Cakelove shares a similar expression of ewwwwwwww.
Icing is waxy, gloppy, tasteless and creepy. And the cake is dry. The cupcakes differ in color but not flavor. Food coloring? Who knows. But it sure is unsettling to bite into one.
It's just a bad product. Dessert as disappointment.
So the more people who taste it, the more people who know it's awful. The more more exposure, the more people who go ewwwwwwwwwww. Hence my skepticism that expansion would be successful.
I know you don't know me, but I just want to say for the record I very much enjoy Cakelove. I am not the only one either.
It amazes me the stories I hear about this and other bakeries. I don't know if I just have great luck, or way different taste buds. If you have had it and you don't like it fine, but if you have never had it, I would try it at least once. You never know, you might be one of those people that actually enjoys it.
My fav is the new german chocolate cake, but I have a feeling that will be replaced with the pumpkin once I can try it.
Ok - I know this is nearly a year later - but I finally had the chance to visit the new Cake Love in Baltimore and to my surprise was severely disappointed. I hadn't read any reviews about Cake Love but the product was horrible. The 4 cupcakes that I purchased for $12 were all terrible. They were very dry, no flavor at all and the frosting was just horrible. I wouldn't have minded paying $12 if the product was good. I was so surprised. As mentioned in a few other replies...Cake's Plus in Laurel Maryland is my all time favorite. I've purchased cupcakes and over 20+ cakes over the last 10 years (when I was first introduced to Cake's Plus) ranging in size from small to very large for 100+ people. Not only is the staff friendly, the cakes are always moist, fresh and beautifully decorated. Cake Love will NEVER get another $3 from me for one of their dessert dry nasty cupcake with nasty icing. A Duncan Hines cupcake with Duncan Hines frosting would have been better than what I purchased at Cake Love...just plain YUK!!!!
The Silver Spring location has been open for a few months now.
As to the quality, Lowbar's take is about as generous as is possible. IMO his stuff ranges from mediocre to fairly bad (dry dry cake and gloppy frostings), and it's grotesquely overpriced. And it's been that way from day one, well before the food network gig got started. I'm sorry, but law school is just no substitute for baking school, and this case proves it. Love only goes so far, in baking and, ahem, other things. You have to have skill. He doesn't.
Basically, he shows what can be done with a good story, even in the absence of a good product.
unicom---pray for the Intercounty Connector, so you can drive over to Laurel and get good cake at Cakes Plus.
Like so many other things pertaining to food and otherwise, demand and quality are not always directly linked. Having a show on food network can certainly drive up that demand. And really, for the most part, the stuff that I've had there in a few visits isn't *bad* at all...just not nearly the best option around and quite overpriced.