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Sep 19, 2007 11:53 AM

Sprinkles Cupcakes in Palo Alto

Sprinkles, the famous cupcake bakery that started in LA and was all the rage once Oprah featured it on her show, is opening a dozen more locations, one of which will be in the Town and Country mini mall in Palo Alto. No word on when.

Yay! A cupcakery on the Peninsula! (Sibby's doesn't have a storefront, unfortunately.)

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  1. I love Sprinkles cupcakes. Do you have an approximate opening date?

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    1. re: peachblossom

      According to the Sprinkles website ( ), it will open sometime in August 2008.

      But it's already mid-August and it is not open yet!

      Hurry up, Sprinkles! I want to eat your famous cupcakes!!!

    2. I've read about these cupcake stores but never been to one. What are the cupcakes like? Is it like having a good homemade one, or somehow better than homemade?

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      1. re: burntcream

        Never been, but supposedly Sprinkles is to LA what Magnolia is to NYC. I can't wait to try it for myself.

        1. re: burntcream

          I have been to Sprinkles in Beverly Hills on Little Santa Monica, and have tried four or five different cupcakes. It's on par with Magnolia in NYC. Personally, I don't care for Magnolia or Sprinkles. Both are too sweet for my taste. But since I am a terrible cupcake barometer, I'm sure Sprinkles will be a huge hit! There are always lines out the door of the shop in LA whenever I'm down there visiting, which is maybe every month or two.

          1. re: burntcream

            Completely overrated. They are dry and overly sweet. The frosting is also gritty. I'd eat one if someone stuck it in front of my face, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get them. There are far superior cupcakes from elsewhere in LA, so I assume there's gotta be better places in the Bay Area.

            1. re: way2cook

              I was at the mall today with a line at sprinkles down the sidewalk. I couldn't believe people would wait 30 minutes to get a cupcake. It wasn't my plan anyway for a sprinkles cupcake. I drove 5 mins. over to Kara's and got my fix and was totally happy with the results. They are up there with Sibby's cupcakes in my opinion.

          2. There was a previous discussion on this Sprinkles here:


            I don't know about Town and Country, but it is to open soon at Stanford Shopping Center.

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            1. re: Wendy_san

              Kara's Cupcakes just opened in Town and Country, Sprinkles will be at the Stanford Shopping center.

              1. re: Anfhann

                Oh, perfect timing. I have two meetings scheduled in Palo Alto tomorrow. I'm definitely stopping in for a cupcake or two at Kara's.

                1. re: JasmineG

                  Sprinkles opens Tuesday the 23rd. Kara's was very busy on Saturday, and sold out it looked like. At least their inventory was running low and they closed at 5. I need my husband to try both of them vicariously for me to tell me how they are, but alas he isn't a big cupcake person, so don't know if that will happen. Now, if they ever decide to get a gluten-free cupcake, I am sure my son and I will partake.

                  1. re: jsaimd

                    I went to Kara's yesterday: It looks like they've noted that they run out quickly, because they were restocking everything when I was there at almost 4. They said that they'll be open every day until 6.

                2. re: Anfhann

                  And I think Kara's Cupcakes is also opening sometime at Santana Row in San Jose.

              2. I've had Sprinkles cupcakes at the original location in LA and at an outpost in Dallas. I think they're good cupcakes. Good, not great. I'm guessing all the rage developed around them because people in LA rarely eat such decadent food? I know Oprah and the celebrities who frequent the store are usually on raw-food diets, and so if someone makes a cupcake place trendy, it will remain trendy because it's their one chance to indulge and eat like the rest of us. I'm not trying to be cynical, I'm just trying to understand the hype. Being a good southern girl originally from Texas, I'm going to have to recommend the Red Velvet cupcake. The cream cheese icing is just enough sweet to balance the tang. Enjoy!

                1. There's already a great cupcakery on the peninsula - check out Vanilla Moon on Laurel in San Carlos.

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                  1. re: bbulkow

                    What have you tried? Has anyone tried the red velvet cupcake?

                    Vanilla Moon Bakery
                    872 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA

                    1. re: rworange

                      I went by a couple of weeks ago and bought 3 of every type they had for an office party. They gave us their full flavor list and graciously suggested we call ahead instead of buying half their stash on hand.

                      I personally did eat a red velvet, and must say I enjoyed it, but I'm also a little confused about what to look for in a cupcake. I don't really get the subtle points. The cupcake was moist, flavorful, good mouth feel, creamy sweet frosting - but what makes them great?

                      We had sprinkles some particular Friday as well - but only the minis - felt like the two were in the same league to me.

                      1. re: bbulkow

                        bbulkow - I agree with you: I find Red Velvet enigmatic (not bad, but not interesting). I chalk it up to remembrances of things past, like madeleines or chicken feet...