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Jun 20, 2007 08:37 AM

Auntie Em's cupcakes are overrated

After reading many sensational reviews of Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock, my fiance and I decided to pay this place a visit. We were looking forward to try their food as well as their famous red velvet cupcake that many raved about. Sad to say neither the food nor the cupcake made the mark. The eggplant strata was weak in flavor. The red velvet cupcake was dry with a thick layer of frosting which perhaps was used to counteract the dryness. We left the place with half eaten food on our plates. In our opinion, Auntie Em got what she deserved in the Throwdown with Bobby Flay, the loser title. Her kitchen and her cooking still have lots of room for improvement.

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  1. I pretty much agree on the cupcake. I couldn't believe how *mini* the mini cupcakes were b/c they were not cheap! They were tasty, but a little dry as you note.

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    1. re: KSalsa

      You are right. I forgot to mention that their prices are ridiculous for the kind of food that they serve.

    2. I like the meat loaf breakfast, bacon and eggs, steel cut oats on the weekends and those moist (every time) Whoopie pies. The coffee is excellent. I have had dry cupcakes however and I agree that the price of them is nuts. For moist Red Velvet cupcakes, small cakes and full size cakes go to Bake 'n Broil. Moreover, the breakfast selections at Bake 'n Broil are very good – Down home. We bought a red velvet cake (5" X 7") for about $6 on Sunday morning and the last slice last night was still moist. The moist Red Velvet is a sexy naughty crimson topped with a creamy white frosting that takes the cake beyond suggestive -- it is provocative! If given as a traditional Southern Grooms cake by a Bride, it would make a clear statement.

      Jongeward's Bake 'n Broil (Breakfast, Chicken Fried Steak, Pot pie, Burgers, Red Velvet and other cupcakes, sticky buns, Cakes and Pies so good! For lunch try the Burger special – Burger, pie and drink – under $7.00)
      3697 Atlantic Ave (North of 405 – corner of 37th st.)
      Long Beach, CA 90807
      (562) 595-0396

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      1. re: JeetJet

        Associating them with moms busily dishing them up at birthday parties during distant elementary school days I thought I'd sworn off cupcakes and steered clear of the craze. But JeetJet your description of the Red Velvet Cupcakes at Bake 'n' Broil may send me tripping down there!

        Has anyone tried the cupcakes at Delilah's in Echo Park?

      2. The regular food is hit and miss, and so are the cupcakes... I've heard the same thing about the red velvets (though some like them, so they can't always be dry). I love their coconut cupcakes, which are like no one else's -- the cake part has tons of grated coconut, which keeps it moist, and so does the frosting.

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          1. I was really impressed by the carrot cake cupcake. Compared to, say, Violet's in Pasadena, Auntie Em's cupcakes are denser, with more heft to them, moist but I wouldn't say "light." I am NOT a fan of airy, cake-mix style cake texture (unless it's angelfood)-- I love denser cakes that you can really sink a fork into.

            Some of the dishes I've had there were a little bland (needed more salt maybe?) but I've come to realize that many natural/organic/health food restaurants tend to be that way, perhaps due to an emphasis on deconstructing the elements, keeping it clean and simple. But overall I love the place and am always eager to return because 1) I enjoy the food both taste and presentation, 2) I am into healthy 3) I LOVE the cheery bright walls, mismatched silverware, and the patio out back, and 4) service is unpretentious, quirky, and true to the feel of the place. Going there, I'm as comfortable as I would be if I were having lunch in the kitchen of a friend.

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            1. re: amandine

              Carrot Cake cupcake is always great (unfortunately)..little ones dry avoid.
              Vibe there is welcoming and nice.


              1. re: limaboy

                I also felt that the guy working behind the counter was at best having a bad day and at worst hostile. Guess I really did hit it on a bad day!