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Feb 26, 2007 09:06 PM

Cupcakes for First Birthday Party near Berkeley

My son's first birthday party is coming up next month. We've invited about fifty people and I thought it would be easiest and most festive to serve cupcakes instead of a single whole cake. Does anyone know of a good place for cupcakes in the greater Berkeley area? Something that would appeal to adults would be great, as, let's face it, this is really a party for us grown-ups, anyway! Many thanks in advance!

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  1. the cupcake place down at bay st. shopping mall

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    1. re: kc72

      Teacakes? Thanks. They cost $3 each--does that sound reasonable?

    2. The chocolate cupcakes at La Farine are the best around. (I just tried the white ones last week and didn't care for them - very dry, although maybe just a fluke?) The one at Teacakes (Bay St.) look like they'd be great, but they aren't. Their cookies, however, are great. I've tried their cupcakes a few times and have been disappointed. Of course, 50 delicious cupcakes are going to set you back a bundle - you will have to order in advance and maybe there's a quantity discount.

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      1. re: lmnopm

        Yeah ... Teacakes ... cupcakes bad ... cookies good ... both ... $3 ... expensive.

        La Farine makes good cupcakes. FatApples also does cupcakes which, IMO, are every bit the equal of La Farine. You might ask at Lola's on Solano if they would make you the cupcakes. They have really good cupcakes on occasion.

        One place where I don't like another thing, but they had a good cupcake once was The Bread Workshop on University.

        The place off Statuck ... Love at First Bite ... didn't love it. Big variety and kind of pricy.

        If it were me, I'd use FatApples.

        1. re: rworange

          Interesting, I really like Teacake's cupcakes but I don't like their cookies. Market Hall bakery also does cupcakes, you could check there.

          1. re: JasmineG

            Actually, I liked Teacake's cupcakes too, but wasn't too enthralled by the cookies. When I bought a bunch of cupcakes from Teacakes, I was able to negotiate some sort of bulk discount, but they specially decorated them for me.

            1. re: The Dive

              That's great info, thanks -- I might be doing cupcakes for an upcoming baby shower.

      2. Love at First Bite's Pretty in Pink cupcake is my favorite in the Bay Area. But you've got to love strawberries.

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        1. re: peterme

          I love their variety. I'm not really a cake person, but I'll definitely eat their cupcakes. Something for everyone!

        2. I recently tasted cupcakes from Teacake Shop at Bay St.($3) and Love at First Bite ($2.50). The cupcakes from Teacake were far superior in taste, texture, and visual appeal.

          The lemon and red velvet were my favorites.

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          1. re: SLRossi

            And pics of Love at First Bites for comparison.

            1. re: SLRossi

              I'm glad to see Teacake is bringing back more varieties in flavor. They started off with varieties, then lately I saw it was mostly vanilla or chocolate base. Glad to see lemon and such now appearing again. I think their cupcakes always look cute but the frosting can be a bit on the sweet side. I'm a fan of the cookies. I think if you want to impress a kids party with adults, then Teacake is a nice choice. But if it's just kids, homemade is best.

              1. re: singleguychef

                They said that some of their flavors are seasonal, so you should see some variation.

                1. re: singleguychef

                  They told me the other day that they have more varieties on the weekend than on weekdays (they have carrot Friday-Sunday, for example). They also had red velvet around Valentine's Day.

              2. Well, if you don't want to spend $150+, I'd offer the radical idea of making your own cupcakes. Two friends and I hosted a baby shower a couple weekends ago, and decided to get creative and make the cupcakes because we couldn't find any we liked. We had a decorating party the night before (with good takeout and wine), and used purchased cake mixes, pre-colored fondant & my homemade buttercream (although I might buy that too next time) to keep it easy (2 of us each made 3 dozen cupcakes). Our rather unprofessional job got way more rants and raves than the extremely expensive bakery cupcakes I served at my last party...

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                1. re: alis

                  That photo is too cute! How did you decorate the top with the "baby"?

                  1. re: coolbean98

                    It was pretty easy! We bought Wilton pre-colored fondant in "Natural Colors" (nicely multicultural "flesh" tones) and pastels, a round cutter, and an edible black marker from a local craft store (Michaels). Frosted the cupcakes with buttercream, made a pillow with two squeezed out lines of frosting, and a "body" with another big squeeze of frosting. Rolled out and then cut a half-circle of the pastel fondant as the blanket and placed it over the "body." Then, rolled out and stampled the round heads, drew faces on them with the edible marker, added hair, and put on the frosting "pillow." 50 cupcakes took 3 of us about 3 hours to do, but we stopped for pizza and (quite a bit of) wine in the middle.

                  2. re: alis

                    I did that recently because I really wanted to try Kara's Cupcakes, but was feeling broke. I made some gorgeous and delicious vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting for very little money. They were easy and a huge hit.

                    1. re: Atomica

                      What did you use for the baby faces? The rest is fondant and icing, right?

                      1. re: coolbean98

                        Faces are fondant, with the details drawn on using an edible marker (see above for full description of the process).

                    2. re: alis

                      Those are adorable! Is the folded blanket fondant? I think you have a new career. And I agree, unlike a big cake, cupcakes are so easy it seems a shame to order them unless you only crave one.

                      1. re: lintygmom

                        We were thinking about setting up shop making baby shower cupcakes, until we got to about #45!!

                        Blanket and faces are fondant - I'm not a big fan of the flavor of the fondant so we tried to keep it to a minimum!