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Oct 3, 2006 04:40 AM

SusieCakes = not worth the trip, even if you lived in the back room and had a medical condition that required you to eat cupcakes all day long or die

Went to Susie Cakes for the first time today. I have to say and we all have, "the cupcake thing has really run it's self into the ground". Did you check out the Fox news report (which you can link to form the Susiecakes website) called "Cupcakes in War time" or something equally ridiculous. So Susie Cakes spells death for the cupcake trend. I thought sprinkles might just put the nail in the coffin but at least they have something new to say. Susie seems to be a very nice and attentive owner, she waited on me and answered all my questions. However when I asked what she used to flavor her strawberry cup cake, response: "pureed strawberry" the answer didn't link up to the taste, the taste of jelly, or fake strawberry. Trust me I have had butter cream with real strawberry puree, it doesn't taste like it came from a pop-tart. Still there's nothing new or different, in-fact the whole place looks like a rip off job its not hard to spot where these menu items, the presentation , or the decor for that mater, just with an upscale twist all come from.

Plus took a trip to City Bakery, not impressed. I thought I would have loved to eat there the place looks great. Like most of LA just a pretty face. I'm sorry thats not a pretzel croissant, I don't even know what a pretzel croissant should taste like, but thats not it. Its a croissant with some wheat flour and seeds, how the hell is that a pretzel! The muffin was, well the muffin was some puff pastry and dried fruit, didn't Pillsbury do something like that.

If your on the West side and you need some dessert or a great bite to eat the only place to really be pleased when travailing in this food genera is always and probable only will be with the lack of restaurant quality in Los Angeles, Clementine. Yes the very best, truly.

To Recap:

Susiecakes: Go if you must before gods merciful hand rains lighting bolts down on the place and saves us all

City Bakery: Really do go, get a salad or mac and cheese, sit and enjoy the place it's self

Clementine: Go and keep going, but you already knew that

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  1. You know, I also don't get that pretzel croissant. I have friends who are fanatical about them, go there every day. I like the cookies at City Bakery, and I am not a cookie person, I have to say.

    Funny post about Susiecakes, and I agree that I'm over the cupcake thing. Must everyone now serve them at dinner parties, and have them on the menu?! I do like Sprinkles once in a while, though. And Beechwood has a good red velvet one.

    1. omg you're positively killing me! LOL!!! on the one hand i'd probably love hanging out with you finding bakeries that are worth the trip... on the other hand, i'd be scared to let you eat any of the baked goods i make!
      LOVE your review!!!!

      1. oh..forgot to ask... to get an idea of your tastes... ever been to Karen Krasne's Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego? thoughts?

        1. I too have been to Susiecakes.. not impressed with the baked goods. The variety is limited and lacking and it's not all that great. Friendly staff though.

          Clementines is GREAT! if you're going to be in the westside it's a safe bet.

          1. Thanks for the heads up on SUSIECAKES. You confirmed my suspicions from reading other reviews.

            I want to like CITY BAKERY and continue to try things there. Farmers lemonade is kinda cool and I do like the pretzel croissant even though I also have no idea why they call it that. Alas, the rest of their baked goods tend to look better than they taste.

            CLEMENTINE is a food paradise and I really like the (new?) Apple Dapple cupcake. I wish I could stop ordering their excellent roast beef sandwich so I could try some of the other sandwich offerings...