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Looking for some yummy cupcakes to bring for a baby shower . . .any recommendations? I've seen postings for Sprinkles and Susiecakes . . .any thoughts? A place close to West LA/Beverly Hills is preferrable. Thanks, Chowhounds!

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  1. I love Sprinkles and just tried Susiecakes--they were great. The little shot of frosting in the middle of the cupcake was perfect. I tried Susiecakes chocolate and vanilla. Chocolate was best--nice and moist. The vanilla cake was a bit dry. They had a lot of other really yummy looking flavors too.
    I hear buttercakes on Pico near Westside Pavillion is good, but never tried the cupcakes.
    Good luck and happy tasting!

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    1. re: SarahM

      You have truly got to try My Little Cupcake! They have great traditional flavors, but also some esoteric offerings. Their Death by Chocolate is divine.

    2. Buttercak is GREAT! Not too many flavors, but each and every one is fluffy and flavorful. Basically there's chocolate or vanilla topped with regular (pink, lavendar, green, or yellow frosting plus rainbow sprinkles) or coconut frosting. Then there's red velvet with cream cheese frosting and red sprinkles. You can get a big one for $1.75 or miniature ones for under $1.

      Did you see Dommy!'s recent red velvet journeys? She seems to be a Sprinkles detractor, except for red velvet: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      Clementine across from the Century City mall is also supposed to have good cupcakes.

      1. I affirmatively dislike Sprinkles. I think their cupcakes are way too sweet, and otherwise lack flavor. (And the lines just add insult to injury.)

        I really like Leda's (http://www.ledasbakeshop.com ), but she is outside of your West LA/BH geographic limit.

        If you have a couple of days before the shower, your best bet may be Clementine (1751 Ensley Ave., (310) 552-1080). Cupcakes need to be ordered in advance, but they have several varieties, all of which are excellent.

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        1. re: David Kahn

          You would like sprinkles if you've tried Carvel's sprinkles! www.americanpsprinkle.com is their supplier! they are the best tasting i've EVERY had they actually taste like something..not a mouthful of wax! LOL

          1. re: David Kahn

            I agree...Sprinkles is HORRIBLE. Every single time I have had a cupcake from there the cake has been dry and the frosting is mediocre. I don't even like the texture of their cupcakes, not fine enough.

            Some of my co-workers who are addicted to Sprinkles' red velvet cupcakes, but the best ones I have ever had are from The Cobbler Lady. OMG - AMAZING. Moist. Delicious. Perfect frosting to cake ratio. Their cupcakes are so popular, they put a six cupcake maximum on how many you can purchase. They also have carrot cake and 7-up cupcakes too (they were out when I wanted to try them). Oh, and their cobblers are amazing too. They're at 3854 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, 90008. Website: http://www.cobblerlady.com

          2. A friend of mine has traveled the city looking for good cupcakes, and she claims that Joans on Third has the best cupcakes around. I remember her not liking Sprinkles as much. Personally, I haven't sampled the cupcakes at any of these places. But my friend is quite passionate about Joan's.

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            1. re: Nicole

              the chocolate marshmallow and peanutbutter marshmallow cupcakes sold at joan's on third are super moist and super yummy and there's no wait!

              1. re: Nicole

                I was very disappointed with the cupcakes I had at Joan's. Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock were very good.

                1. re: Funwithfood

                  Sprinkles is poo.

                  Auntie Em's is alright. I tried their red velvet and the coconut. Auntie Em's red velvet does not use cocoa powder though. It is strictly a yellow cake with food coloring. I spoke with the Manager on this. Both were too sweet for me and the icing to ratio were off. Maybe this is because I bought the mini's. Too much icing.

                  I'm still on the search for a moist pudding cake type cupcake with a light whipped frosting. I'm over the buttercreams.

              2. Thanks for all the great recommendations. I will report back on where I decide to go. May just be Buttercakes as that is the closest. . . but Joans sounds tempting. Thanks again Chowhounds!

                1. i LOVE LOVE LOVE ledas...my fave in the city, i went to susiecakes and i wasnt impressed, try ledas and she does the minis

                  1. how are the ones at Jack n' Jills...i had the blueberry mini ones and they were good...

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                    1. re: Xericx

                      Jack & Jill's are very good, especially the red velvet, but not quite as good as Joan's or Clementine's. In my opinion, of course - doesn't stop me from getting one everytime I'm there!

                    2. Thanks for all the great suggestions! Ending up going to Buttercakes. . . .and the cupcakes were a hit. Especially the minis . . . I also got some chocolate cookies that everyone raved about. Buttercakes was perfect. . . thanks Chowhounds!

                      1. Hotcakes has some yummy cupcakes and I really like their chocolate chip cookies. But my favorite is their canele. Mmmmmmmm

                        Hotcakes Bakes
                        4119 S Centinela Ave
                        Los Angeles, CA 90066
                        (310) 397-2324

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                        1. Mmmmm.....cupcakes.... drool.

                          Ive only had the chance to try out Buttercake's red velvet cupcakes. They were soooo dry! I dont know if it had to do with walking into the bakery at 3pm on a Saturday but I wasnt impressed at all, sounds like I need to give them a second chance.

                          Out of convenience, I keep going back to Yummy Cupcakes. They have a ton to offer, but I find their icing to be unusually thick and a little too sweet, but overall still a decent cupcake. Located on Magnolia in Burbank.

                          My favorites so far are the Red Velvet cupcake at Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock. Dense, moist and huge, I'm a pig, I like big portions once it comes to my sweets!

                          Also Blue Bird Cafe in Culver City on National does a great job with their cupcakes as well.

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                          1. re: bassbiz

                            I second the rec for Bluebird. Just across the street and a little east from Surfas. They're open Mon-Sat. Good pannini, too!

                            http://www.bluebird-bakery.com/

                            1. re: bassbiz

                              Tried Yummy in Burbank (less than a mile from my place) about a month ago - horrible! You can really tell that they aren't using good ingredients- I've had better cake from Pavilions. Dry, mealy cake, and frosting tasted like Crisco whipped with confectioner's sugar. Love Sprinkles, however, especially the vanilla, banana, and strawberry cupcakes. Moist, fluffy cake with lots of flavor, and the best buttercream frosting...

                            2. has anyone had a chance to make it out My Little Cupcake in Studio City? I have heard that the batter for the cupcake is cream cheese base, resulting in a smooth, dense and rich cupcake.

                              Is it true? I tried to go there last night and missed closing by 10 minutes... I"m still craving a great cupcake.

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                              1. re: Veggietales

                                Just came from My Little Cupcake and bought 1/2 doz cupcakes: 3 red velvet, 2 vanilla/vanilla, and 1 vanilla/chocolate.

                                Had the red velvet, it was moist and had a tender crumb. I felt it could have had more of a chocolate flavor, but the cream cheese frosting was yummy!

                                I'll report again once I partake in the other 2 flavors... and then go for a run.

                                1. re: Veggietales

                                  Just AWFUL cupcakes. Oversized, waaaaay overly sweetened and simply revolting. Well, okay, the chocolate *cake* was nice enough (how hard can that be?) but the topping of meringue/marshmallow dipped in low-grade chocolate was so laden with sugar it was too much. We threw out the carrot one.

                                  But then again, I adore the delicate, petite Leda's cupcakes made with fine ingredients and buttercream frosting (rather than sugar), so that's my bias.

                                  http://la.foodblogging.com/2005/10/27...

                                  1. re: Maxmillion

                                    The hihat at My Little Cupcake is my new favorite sweet. I really don't think it's overly sweet and, being a fan of this certain cupcake (they're everywhere in New York), I think it's very true. As far as the chocolate it's dipped in... I think it's great and it brings me back to my childhood.

                                  2. re: Veggietales

                                    I like the cupcakes at Big Sugar Bake Shop west of My Little Cupcake. They're so much more moist and oh so yummy. The cupcakes I tried at My Little Cupcake were dry and too sweet. On top of that, they were too pricy. I will stick with Big Sugar personally.

                                  3. Are you kidding me?

                                    Yummy Cupcakes rules! I haven't had a bad cupcake there yet, and I go weekly. I love the Yummy Cupcake, the Brown Sugar Cinnamon, the Lemon Tart, the Bananas Foster, Peach Cobbler..... the only one I was so=so on was the Chocolate Malt (but then again, I don't like malt).

                                    My Little Cupcake is good, though I went right after they opened and they didn't seem to be running at full speed yet. I had an excellent blueberry one there. I wasn't a big fan of the High Hat.

                                    Sprinkles is ok, not the mecca that people make it out to me. I've converted many Sprinkles devotees to Yummy.

                                    As far as Susie Cakes, I had the banana pudding...it was out of this world...and I've heard that the puddings are the best thing on the menu. They were out of cupcakes when I went. I would generally go back to get one, but the customer service was so bad, why bother.

                                    Auntie Em's coconut was good, but I must've ended up with the largest size. It was huge!

                                    Blue Bird is average. Wouldn't turn them down, just wouldn't make an effort to get them.

                                    Leda's is still on my list...I've heard only amazing things. I'm trying Butter Cake in 2 weeks.

                                    I have pictures of all the cupcakes I've tried. Maybe that will help:

                                    http://flickr.com/photos/pancakejess/...

                                    Enjoy!

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                                    1. re: jjsawrey

                                      You have to try Big Sugar Bake Shop on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City. They're the best I've had so far.

                                      1. re: jjsawrey

                                        O DEAR GAWD ur pics are making me drooooollll. can u label where each one is from cuz i need to know!! :)

                                      2. I like Yummy's too...and they're making them right there in front of you so you can SEE the ingredients.

                                        Why oh why did they discontinue their cupcake HAPPY HOUR? Drats!

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                                        1. re: jackattack

                                          I went to Yummy Cupcakes recently. The frosting on most was way too thick and sweet. Was a fun trip, and a cute store, but nothing spectacular. just cupcakes.

                                          1. re: mwalton

                                            "I went to Yummy Cupcakes recently. The frosting on most was way too thick "

                                            No such thing as spreading frosting too thickly in my book!!!

                                        2. Could someone confirm if the red velvet cupcakes that are sold at Flor Morena are baked by Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock? Because I had one last week and it was so nasty, I threw it away before finishing 1/2 of it, even though it was $4! It was definitely the worst cupcake I have ever tasted.

                                          1. I would have to say Cake Divas. They do not have a storefront, but you can make arrangements to go and pick up in Venice. Just came back from a wedding on Saturday and indulged in a beautiful and decadedent cupcake wedding cake. Had a carrot cake which was out of this world with cream cheese frosting and also a chocolate with mocha frosting. Can I say yum? Plus, they are the divas of cake decor. No doubt your cupcakes will look and taste fabulous.

                                            1. Over on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood, there was a closed off store called Cake and Art that created custom cakes. They have always had a closed storefront, but on Halloween, they opened up and invited guests in. They have 2 display cases set up to sell a variety of cupcakes.

                                              We wandered by on the way to Famima and had to duck in.

                                              On this day, they were offering up:
                                              Rocky Road cupcake - with graham cracker, torched marshmallow and a hershey square as a topper

                                              2 types of pumpkin - one with a cream cheese frosting and one with some sort of chocolate i think

                                              Chocolate ecstacy - chocolate upon chocolate with the signature sprinkles square sprinkles

                                              red velvet

                                              chocolate peanut butter - a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and an injection of peanut butter in the middle

                                              I believe there was a lemon cupcake as well as a vanilla and possibly a carrot cake one.

                                              I sampled these:

                                              http://www.flickr.com/photos/micako/3...

                                              Overall, I found that the cakes were too ambitious, as well as costly. The price ranged from 2.75 - 4.25. Way too much for litle cakes as these. They did let us know that there is a large amount of work that goes into each one (witness the rocky road) but I found all of them to not live up to the price.

                                              The cakes were impossible to share, as each one crumbled to bits when I took a knife to them. The rocky road was even more impossible to cut into as the marshmallow made it impossible to cut.

                                              Each cake seemed to have some sort of filling, which, in theory sounds great, but in reality, it did not do much to pull the cake together. Ideally, these flavors should intermingle and not be separated, which is what the injection accomplishes.

                                              Overall, I am still a fan on Sprinkles and have yet to find a place to rival them. However, I do have high hopes for Clementines!

                                              1. BLK -- yes, Flor Morena's cupcakes are from Auntie Em's. However, I think they keep them too long -- they are often dry there and not nearly as fresh and tasty as the ones you get straight from Auntie Em's IMHO.

                                                1. Surprised nobody here has mentioned Violet's in Pasadena! They are getting some well-deserved attention (LA Weekly's Best of... Pick). A great range of flavors with definitely fresh and quality ingredients. Unlike many, I am a huge Sprinkles fan and have also sampled almost every place mentioned above- I think Violet's ranks way up there- check them out!

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                                                  1. Another thumbs down for Yummy Cupcakes in Burbank. Decent cake, but the frosting was just plain and tasted rather Crisco-ish. Plus, when we went in there, they really seemed to be more of a catering place. There were 4 employees, and all seemed stressed/ unpleasant/ not used to dealing with customers.

                                                    1. i think i've changed my mind about yummy cupcakes in burbank...i agree wholeheartedly with what meamhungry said...the service there stinks. and they have started making smaller cupcakes. i have not been impressed the last few times i have had theirs, which i very sad since i used to love them so.

                                                      did anyone mention butter cake bakery on pico? that is such a cute shop...no crazy flavor combos, but very wholesome cupcakes. loved them last time i was there.

                                                      1. Just checked out Leda's Bake Shop in Sherman Oaks. The cupcakes are very tasty, but very very very very small. We are talking half a bite each, maybe an inch across. At $1.50 each, it is a ridiculous ripoff, and completely unsatisfiying. You would have to buy $10 worth to equal one normal cupcake.

                                                        I vote for Sprinkles. Yes, it's overpriced too, but at least you get a good sized cupcake for about the price of a mocha, an ice cream or a croissant.

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                                                        1. re: scoot

                                                          ^I must take issue with your exaggeration, here. Leda's cupcakes *are* petite, but "half a bite each"?? Does that mean you could fit two in your mouth at once in order to get your usual full bite?

                                                          That's simply ridiculous!

                                                          Leda's cupcakes are *two* dainty bites per cupcake.

                                                          Yes, they are small. Yes, they cost $1.50 apiece. The high quality of the ingredients and the detail of three layers (cake, blob of filling plus buttercream frosting) makes up for their small size.

                                                          Basically, their's is a cake that emphasises quality over quantity. I found two of them at one sitting perfectly satisfying, as they are very rich.

                                                          But I can see why other people may be left wanting more!

                                                          Each to their own taste, though.

                                                          1. re: Maxmillion

                                                            Well, a ripoff to me is any bad cupcake at ANY price - who needs the calories if it's awful?
                                                            Leda's is fantastic. If I'm buying a cupcake, I don't expect a binge fest. The dulce de leche filling, the passionfruit, the standard chocolate, etc are all fantastic. And the cookies and scones are good.
                                                            If you feel ripped off, try eating a little more of the FREE samples that are chock-a-block in the place - scones, cookies, etc. And if you're a kcrw member, they knock a bit off the price (if you have the fringe benefit card).

                                                            Leda's is great. Service and staff are helpful. It's clean, pleasant, parking is easy, what's thedownside?

                                                          2. re: scoot

                                                            Yeah, but you can get BIG one's a leda's. The Kid's cupcakes are huga and yummy. Ledas also has very yummy other things, like bars, cookies, muffins and scones

                                                          3. I apologize if this has already been mentioned here but we stumbled upon Dots in Pasadena on Arroyo Parkway yesterday and found the vanilla with chocolate frosting and the red velvet to compete with the best: Sprinkles, My Little Cupcake, Clementine's and Susie Cakes. Haven't tried Yummy's or Violet yet.

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                                                            1. re: cvc

                                                              I have to disagree with you on Dots. I had a red velvet and a vanilla buttercream last Sunday. Didn't finish either- they were way too dense and dry. Overdone, even. Definately not worth my $6.

                                                              I did like their cream cheese frosting better than Autine Ems and Bluebird, though, less tangy. But not enough if it.

                                                            2. I just went to Violet's in Pasadena, off Fair Oaks and Holly. Their buttercreme frosting they use on their cupcakes is WAY better than the frosting they use at Yummy's in Burbank, which I couldn't finish. I had a Peppermint Patty cupcake and it was delicious! At $2.25 a piece, they are cheaper and tastier than the ones I had at Yummy's.

                                                              1. Try Bluebird Cafe ... not as commercial-looking as sprinkles but just as tasty ... and not too sweet ... more like home-made if some of us had more time to bake ...

                                                                1. Hot Cakes on Centinela has some of the best buttercream frosting I've tried. The cupcakes - vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet, are all great and moist - order two dozen for my mom's b-day "cake" and they all but vanished - and there were only eight people there! Their caneles and macarons are great as well.

                                                                  1. I had the Vanilla/Vanilla at Sprinkles last week and it was great. You could taste the pure vanilla, I could have eaten a dozen, but the long line and self controll held me to one.

                                                                    1. Self-control? You're no fun! Come to the Dark Side...

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                                                                        1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                                                                          Okay - you definitely get good trooper points for that...

                                                                      1. BIG SUGAR bake shop in studio city...new, different, a real gem!, give it a try! and i second JOAN'S ON 3RD cupcakes! Not to mention you feel like your visiting a small marketplace in France when you walk in.

                                                                        1. I've purchased Joan's cupcakes twice now and was disappointed both times. And so was the birthday person who agreed that they were dry dry dry! Pretty sure I remember sampling vanilla, chocolate, coconut, and spice cake varieties and they were all dry.

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                                                                          1. re: cookgirl

                                                                            The only Joan's cupcake I've tried is the chocolate one with the marshmallow centre and I fouud that one anything but dry. Creamy filling helped, but I loved the cake too.

                                                                            Oh, I think I also tried the coconut one -- also very moist.

                                                                            Perhaps both times you went at a bad time of day? I expect if the cakes were bought late in the day, they may have been on display all day long, presumably baked very early in the morning... Just a thought.

                                                                          2. blk, I know it's already been confirmed, but the cupcakes from Flor Morena are indeed from Auntie Ems. And I will agree with ksmurphy that they probably keep them too long.

                                                                            I really like the cupcakes at Kien Giang Bakery in Echo Park. I've heard that they sell out quickly so I would go early in the morning if possible. Also, they are only $1.50/ea which is nice. There is a minimum for credit card purchases so if you're only buying a couple, bring cash!

                                                                            More info: http://www.yelp.com/biz/pdOUQItoKoKKe...

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                                                                            1. re: madpeoplejen

                                                                              Well no worry about Flor Morena cupcakes anymore. Apparently keeping their cupcakes out too long forced them to close shop for good!!

                                                                              1. re: cookieyumyum

                                                                                Really? I actually really liked their food. Ah well.

                                                                            2. There is this new place that someone posted about but, alas the post was removed. I think the place is somewhere in West L.A. and the packaging is a light blue color. Does anyone have the name or address of this cupcake place? They're known for their cupcake tops dipped in ganache?? Help!

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                                                                              1. re: banquisha

                                                                                The post was not deleted, just dropped to page five or six or whatever by now. Here you go, the thread on Dainties Cupcakes produced from my bulging file of bookmarked places to check out. Please post a report if you get there before I do!

                                                                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/358337
                                                                                http://www.daintiescupcakes.com/

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                                                                              2. Been on a Sweet Lady Jane's kick recently... Had two of their cupcakes - Red Velvet w/ cream cheese frosting, and Chocolate w/ a buttercream that was colored green - thought that was kind of unusual but wow - were they both great... really moist and flavorful... And if you are a cake person, you cannot die and go to heaven unless you go here first - eight to 12 different cakes in the case that you can order by the slice - a generous slice. This lady knows her cakes...

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                                                                                1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                  I agree 100%. Sweet Lady Jane is at the top of my list. Haven't tried the cupcakes but their cakes are heavenly not to mention the decoration.

                                                                                  1. re: nettescup

                                                                                    I'm glad you liked SLJ... my last visit there was about a week or two after the above post. I haven't been back since - especially after reading the long-running communal rant about their service... I hope you have continued success here as they seem to P-off about 10 customers for every one that they please... I miss their lemon meringue tarts...

                                                                                    1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                      The service just drives people away from SLJ's mediocre baked goods.

                                                                                2. Tried Ledas on Friday...boy was I disappointed!! I LOVE cupcakes and was so looking forward to these....but, the cake was so dense and dry.....not moist AT ALL.....granted, it was 4:30 by the time I got there....are they soft and moist in the morning? I love the idea of the small cupcakes and the frosting flavors were ok....I did like the deluce one... that was different.

                                                                                  I am a cupcake fanatic so I tried My Little Cupcake on Monday morning.....they were better than Ledas as far as the cake is concerned but my favorite is still Yummy in Burbank (I liked Sprinkles that has been awhile....)...next time in town I'll have to do a test test between Yummy and Sprinkles.....
                                                                                  Yummy also had great flavors!! They just tasted more like a real cupcake and not a "stepford cupcake" ha ha....

                                                                                  1. Ok, as a self proclaimed novice baker-I make and take to work sweets for cowarokers (tough group too) who in their own words say my bake good are the best. I ask my cowrokers "whats your favorite flavor" and then I create cakes/pies and YES cupcakes that are always a hit! So when I heard of these other places--I had to go and do my investigation work-All I can say is "'ok"-and be glad I don't have the capital to start my own place! Sprinkles "Red Velvet" cupcakes-Please-I had a flash back to my easy bake oven days, Mine are sooooo much better.(smiling)

                                                                                    1. I really don't understand the Violet's cupcake hype. I made the trek, I tried what they had to offer.

                                                                                      What really upset me was the fact that the owner and counter ladies were so sweet. I couldn't help but buy a dozen. The cupcakes were an aesthetic nightmare, I've never seen such an awful mess of clumpy frosting and cake, slopped on top like .. well, like nothing i've seen at a 'cupcakery' before. it was a mess in my mouth, and an embarrassment to bring home to my boyfriend. Getting over the fact that it looked like (great, now i've forgotten the owner's name) had been stricken with a five year old's knack for decoration, it just did not taste phenomenal. I would not go back there.

                                                                                      Dots on Arroyo in Pasadena is decent. Another wagon on the trail, but decent presentation, standard fare.

                                                                                      Auntie em's cupcakes are ridiculously huge and should be purchased in the company of friends to ensure that you'll be splitting it several ways. Why is 'big' the new 'better'. Then again, I'm not a fan of mini cupcakes either.

                                                                                      Yummy Cupcakes is a joke..

                                                                                      If Sprinkles wasn't such a pretentious, self-glorified joint, i'd be there more often. granted, i scrape off quite a bit of frosting because i have a conscience .. but they have their cupcakes down pat. They're not an embarrassment to bring to any friend, and you generally can't go wrong (unless you eat too many .. which sometimes can't be avoided).

                                                                                      This post is just upsetting. I love cupcakes. I'm tired of the perky counterladies pushing subpar cupcakes, but under the impression that what they have is new and amazing.

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                                                                                      1. re: charmo

                                                                                        "Aesthetic nightmare", oh please. Given the fact that you chose the word aesthetic, you should know that "aesthetic" is generally different for everyone. I've made cupcakes with very regimented quirky details at home and, still find Violet's quite refreshing(even though they are not inventing the wheel) when compared to say for example Sprinkles. They do use fresh ingredients, which is more than can be said for other stores. I will take a cupcake in any shape or form as long as it's good. I should also add that taste can be different for everyone but you just checked off any cupcake maker off your list, and no I will not call you picky.

                                                                                      2. I soooo agree w/ above post. Add Yummy Cupcakes in Burbank to the list - everything was great except the cupcake - the decor, the ardent bakers & counter people, great presentation and interesting flavors. The cakes were pretty good, but the frosting was so cloyingly sweet it was almost inedible. I think most of these bakeries use the standard box of confectioners sugar, butter frosting - way too sweet for most adults

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                                                                                        1. re: mrpullings

                                                                                          I, too, must agree with charmo and mrpullings. I was invited to a last minute BBQ yesterday and decided what a treat it would be to bring some cupcakes. Drove by Sprinkles and the line was 1/2 a block long! Drove over to Yummy's in Santa Monica and picked up a dozen. Previous experience with Yummy was 50% (2 were acceptable and 2 were awful). With the traffic from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica, I should have waited in the Sprinkles line. The 3 cupcakes I tasted from Yummy were truly awful. The cake was dry and crumbly -- as if they were "stale" and the frosting was WAY, WAY too sweet. Learned my lesson -- will not be returning to Yummy's ever again.

                                                                                        2. I'm going to eat my words regarding Yummy Cupcakes. We just went to Auntie Em's over the weekend and got a Red Velvet, Coconut, and a Chocolate variety. Didn't like them so much. The coconut was good, but the chocolate one was way too thick and dark chocolatey. The red velvet was just so-so. I actually preferred the cupcakes at Yummy. We've been back there a few times since I savaged them, and I've actually grown quite fond of their Happy Day and their Red Velvet cupcakes. I prefer their thicker, sugar-loaded frosting to Em's creamier, whipped type.

                                                                                          1. I've only eaten a cupcake at Clementine once. It was a chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing. Very dry. I was so disappointed, as I'd heard so many great things about the baked goods. Was this an anomaly? Should I give it another try?

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                                                                                            1. re: brieflunchcounter

                                                                                              The superior cupcake at clementine is the chocolate, chocolate ganache, with cream filling or coconut. It is vastly superior to the regular chocolate.

                                                                                            2. I was going to make a separate post on this, but might as well piggyback...

                                                                                              Are there any good cupcake places in OC? All of these places are in LA, and I will not be able to convince my husband to make an hour trek for a $3 cupcake. Am I simply stuck with the Sprinkles in Newport Beach?

                                                                                              1. I would recommend Violet's in Pasadena. Their cupcakes are fabulous and they are warm-hearted just like you would expect a bakery to be. I did try Sprinkles where the cupcakes all basically had the same flavor and the service was less than warm.

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                                                                                                1. re: Lucien

                                                                                                  I second Violet's. I have tried Sprinkles and Dots, and I thought Violet's were better. The Violet's cakes tasted very fresh, and I think they have a very high turnover rate. I've never seen so many people making cupcakes at the same time. They must've had 10-15 employees just making cupcakes on the day that I went in. :) My favorite kind was the "strawberry shortcake" cupcake. They use fresh strawberries-- yum!

                                                                                                  Violet's Cakes
                                                                                                  (626) 395-9821
                                                                                                  21 E Holly St
                                                                                                  Pasadena, CA
                                                                                                  www.violetscakes.com

                                                                                                2. i love the cupcakes at joans on third. the snickers is my favorite followed closely by the peanut butter one.

                                                                                                  1. I definitely think to each their own.. some like the frosting super sweet while others like it very light and not-too-sweet.
                                                                                                    I'd like to think I'm not too picky and somewhere in the middle - big is good (who doesn't like their money's worth?), but like many, I'd rather pay $3 for a small but delish cupcake, and frosting..? the more the better!

                                                                                                    *Sprinkles - I've never physically been there, but had it a few times at office functions. I thought the cake was great - nice and moist. But the frosting was way, way too sweet.. I never thought I'd say that either.

                                                                                                    *Yummy - I think you just can't go too wrong with Yummy.. For ~$3, they are pretty decently sized and I love how they have so many different flavors each day. We get these very often for office functions since we're near the Burbank store, and I've never been able to say "no" to having one (or two). The frosting is indeed sweet, but not as bad as Sprinkles. Their cake is a little drier than Sprinkles but still very Yummy! I've only been to the Burbank location a handful of times, but never had an issue with service.

                                                                                                    *Leda's - great, cute shop, nice people working, love the samples, cupcakes look great, buuuuut.... wasn't that impressed with the cupcake itself, especially after all the hype I read on this board. The buttercream was light and not-too-sweet, indeed, but it was almost like whipped cream! I'm not a big whipped cream fan. The cake was so-so. I was slightly disappointed, only because it was so raved about.. I probably won't go back.

                                                                                                    *Auntie Em's - huge! There's no doubting that. But unfortunately for me, I bought the mini's as an attempt to control myself and try the three diff flavors that day (carrot, coconut and red velvet). All were good, nothing to complain about, but wasn't overly memorable in my mind. Although, both the admin and my girl friend just love the red velvet... (oh, I have to mention that I had their cobb salad and it was not good at all.. quite bland and I think that's pretty hard to achieve for a cobb.)

                                                                                                    *Sweet Lady Janes - only tried the cake and was not at all impressed, especially when I heard such good things about it too. I heard it was expensive too (for a whole cake at least), so I probably won't find myself going there anytime soon.

                                                                                                    *Susie Cakes - never been there or had it before, but my girl friend who works in Westwood has it often for office functions and really likes it.

                                                                                                    *Natas Portuegese Bakery - while these aren't cupcakes (except for the coconut lemon thing) I just had to mention the place.. A great place to try!

                                                                                                    *Oh, and best carrot cake I've tried is from Sweet Things in San Francisco/Tiburon. It's crazy moist, nothing I've ever seen before. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be THAT moist, but it's highly addictive.

                                                                                                    Next on my list... Vanilla Bake Shop and Big Sugar Bakeshop.. and now Buttercake since it was so popular on this board!

                                                                                                    And has anyone tried the cupcakes that Porto's now makes? I wouldn't doubt that they're pretty decent...

                                                                                                    1. I recently tried the cupcakes from Dots in Pasadena. The flavor was good, not too sweet and the cake was very moist and dense. A friend of mine who has tried Sprinkles (I haven't) said that Dots is a lot better.

                                                                                                      1. I love Lark Cakes on Sunset in Silverlake. Best cupcakes and cream puffs EVER!

                                                                                                        1. this whole cupcake ordeal is making me CRAZYYY!! i started off with a list of a few places to try and it seems like every wk i'm learning there are so many more to add... and now i have like 15 places on my list... i wish we could designate a day on which all of these places get together in one location and let me sample each one!! i have to say that i've never liked sprinkles (save for their cute-ness). yayee for cupcakes!!

                                                                                                          1. Susiecakes!!! Oh my god, these are good cupcakes! I have a neighbor who pays me in Susiecakes cupcakes for watching her house and taking in her mail when she travels. I haven't actually been there, so can't comment on their customer service (except that they were very nice on the phone when I called about cake pricing once). But I've eaten lots of their cupcakes and I am totally addicted to their icing. My two favorites are the coconut and the chocolate, but everything has been wonderful.

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                                                                                                            SusieCakes Bakery
                                                                                                            11708 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                                                                                            1. re: Miketsu

                                                                                                              I just skimmed this entire thread and I'm wondering why nobody has mentioned Toast! Am I the only one who likes their cupcakes (prefer them over Sprinkles, Yummy, Big Sugar, My Little Cupcake etc). Toast I think has some of the best coconut and red velvet cupcakes around!