NYC CHer finds favorite Red Velvet Cupcakes are in San Leandro, CA.
I can't believe I traveled from coast to coast only to discover the best Red Velvet Cupcakes are in San Leandro, CA! I've eaten many cupcakes in NYC, but most were too dry and frosting too sweet. Well, I visited the Sweet Potato Pie Company in San Leandro with my sister and absolutely love their red velvet cupcakes. First of all, the are huge! The cake is super moist and the cream cheese frosting is delicious, not too sweet. The owners, Marita Brown and her husband, were there at the bakery, too, serving customers.
Just thought I would share this with all you Bay Area CHers.
In no way am I a 'red velvet cake' expert, but when I tried these, I couldn't stomach more than 3 bites. I bought two (because of the rave reviews I read about these cupcakes) and had to throw out both cupcakes. Cake was very dry and dense. The cream cheese frosting lacked any sort of distinct flavor. I also got a slice of the coconut cake and also threw that out after a couple of bites. My husband was not impressed with either product.
But if you must try these, I would suggest you buy just one and try it first before splurging needlessly...
Does anyone know if they are related to Charlie Frank's Pies? They sell at the Saturday Oakland Farmer's Market (and probably other ones too). They are also located in San Leandro, and specialize in Sweet Potato Pies and Red Velvet cake. Coincidence?
I have tried Charlie Frank's sweet potato pies, and I love them. Have not tried anything else.
I totally agree with you. IMO, they are the best in the Bay Area for red velvet cake. They also sell at the Friday Old Oakland Farmers Market
Did you try anything else there?
Marita's Sweet Potato Pie Co.
600 Dutton Avenue ( at Bancroft
)San Leandro, California 94577