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Jul 9, 2007 03:52 PM

Vanilla Bake Shop

I just checked out their website and I can't wait to try their baked goods! It all sounds so divine, half of me hopes it's great and half of me hopes it's not since it's only a few blocks from my work!! It opens tomorrow!

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  1. tried it today. it wasn't crowded when i walked in but by the time i left the line was out the door. i brought home the vanilla bean and mother's bithday cake (i think that's what it was called) to sample. these are my kind of cupcakes! i have i the past tried cupcakes from danties, my little cupcake and yummys but these are my favorite. they are the closet to the ones i miiss from new york at sugar sweet sunshine, only these are better!

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    1. re: NYCnowLA

      My co-worker bought 6 mini cupcakes (2 vanilla, 2 chocolate, and 2 pumpkin) I tasted the vanilla and it was SO good! Very strong in vanilla flavor, nice and cakey. I prefer a thicker frosting but that's just my preference. I do think I have a new favorite cupcake place! I'm going there tomorrow morning to check it out.

      1. re: dinami

        I hope you get to try the pumpkin ones...or that I do soon! It's so hard to find places that offer pumpkin flavored baked goods at non-fall times of the year.

    2. Went there in the afternoon and got red velvet, pumpkin and black & white. They all tasted delicious and seemed to be made from high quality ingredient. The red velvet is moist and i think, better than the ones at Yummy Cupcakes and even Susie Cakes. Only thing is that they don't have a wide selection in cupcakes as Yummy or Sprinkles. I saw they also offer specialty layered cakes in old-fashioned jars - multiberry shortcakes, tiramisu, banana pudding and chocolate. That'll be my next thing to try there.

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      1. re: jeebo

        I went there this morning and got 6 mini cupcakes (will try them out tonight with my mom, but I gave the bittersweet chocolate one to my boss). I asked them if they will have cakes by the slice available, and she said yes, perhaps sometime next week. They were still setting up when I got there right at 9, but everything looked so good, especially the layered desserts in the jars! And they even had mini multiberry shortcake jars available! This place is going to be very dangerous since I work a block away!

        1. re: dinami

          I went today and picked up four cupcakes-Mom's B-Day Cake (vanilla with milk chocolate frosting), banana chocolate chip with cream cheese frosting, chocolate with vanilla bean frosting, and red velvet. I didn't dislike them, but I think the cupcakes from Buttercake Bakery are more to my liking. I was really looking forward to them but found the cake part missing something--a bit dry and flavorless, except for the banana chocolate chip one. I enjoy when cupcakes are really moist with a bit of buttercream frosting. Again, they weren't horrible, just not my preference I guess. I would give them another try but wouldn't go out of my way for them.

      2. I just ordered a dozen of their "assorted ice-box minis" for my dinner party on Friday. I'll let you know how they are!

        1. Just stopped in today. They are still working out the kinks and were out of a lot of things, but were baking more. I wound up getting the fudgey brownie, strawberries and cream, and vanilla mini-cupcakes. I ate the first two and gave the vanilla to a co-worker. I thought they were absolutely delicious. Both had an creamy frosting rather than thick and sweet kind. I thought the flavors and texture combinations were great.

          I will say, I thought the fudgey brownie was amazing and my coworker was not as impressed. She prefers more standard and sweeter icing. She also thought the outside was too dry, while I liked the contrast to the gooey inside. So, how much you love them might depend on your preferences. But it's definitely worth a shot.

          In the same general area we generally like Le Cupcake in the promenade place foodcourt. Although there is too much (very sweet) icing for me, so I usually scrape some of it off (my coworkers adore it though). They also have minis sometimes but not regularly. I was not impressed with Yummy, the one I had was very dry, and I haven't been back to try it again.

          1. I'm just coming down from my sugar rush of eating 3 mini cupcakes: mom's bday, chocolate with the green thing on top, and coconut (at least I think it's coconut). I loved them all. It's a very sophisticated cupcake, very moist, not too too sweet for goodness sakes. But, I could see how people just love that whole offensively sweet cupcake experience, and they may not go crazy of Vanilla's.

            Of all the major cupcakes places on the Westside (Sprinkles, Joans, Buttercake), this has to be the best quality.

            Finally! Santa Monica has a good bakery.

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            1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

              Yes, I think you will like these cupcakes if you prefer ones not as sweet. I guess I like them "offensvely sweet"!