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Cupcake Wars - Who has the best in SF?

I need at least 2 dozen cupcakes for a baby shower this weekend, and I can't seem to find any local recommendations for places beyond Kara's (too far away, inconvenient delivery hours), Miette (bad reports here) and Citizen Cake (past bad experience and pricey for what you get).

Are there any recent entrants to the field, or should I make my own? I am in SOMA & Bernal Heights, but would go almost anywhere but the Marina to pick them up.

The most perfect ones seem to be Sibby's in San Mateo, but at $39 per dozen with a $25 delivery charge, I'm thinking I could hire my own baker for the day.

Or, maybe I should open my own place...
Thanks in advance!

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  1. I have been partial to Kookez (restaurant in Noe Valley, that also sells the cupcakes "to go"), which I think are closer to $2 each. Very fresh and tasty, and I prefer their buttercream frosting to Citizen Cake. And the "colors" are perfect for a shower. You could call them, but I doubt they would deliver.

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    1. re: violin

      Kookez is a great location for pickup. I'll call and see about a special order.
      Thanks!

    2. Noe Valley Bakery has an assortment of cupcakes. I've had the carrot cupcake which is very good. Otherwise you might try DeLessio's, don't remember if they have cupcakes.

      That Takes the Cake on Union is another option. The owner is/was a caterer so maybe you could get them delivered.
      http://www.saralynnscupcakes.com/

      The Orange Zinger is moist and has a nice citrus zing.
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/porkbell...

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      Delessio Market & Bakery
      1695 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Noe Valley Bakery & Bread Co
      4073 24th St, San Francisco, CA

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      1. re: wanderlust21

        Here's my old post on the mini-cupcakes at Delessio with a photo.
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36207

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Great photo of the mini cupcakes. Makes me want to go there asap, but this "mini" thing is dangerous. I could probably eat three or four...

      2. If you're at the Ferry Building, try a cupcake from Miette. I do like the the chocolate and vanilla ones, though there may be only 1 or 2 other people on CH who agree. :)

        Most things I've had from Noe Valley Bakery were mediocre to bad, but I've never tried a cupcake. They do have good brownies (but really terrible cookies). I'll have to try a cupcake there.

        The cupcakes at Destination Baking Co. (Glen Park) are pretty good, but not their strong suit and they only make one kind (white cake with very good chocolate frosting).

        The Kookez cupcakes definitely seem the most reasonably priced.

        I generally like Citizen Cake, but I thought their cupcakes were really "off." Bad, bad buttercream, funky flavor/texture.

        Delessio's are fantastic. I went to the Falletti location a couple of weeks ago and they were almost completely out, but I had a hazelnut one. Never my first choice, but it was *outstanding*.

        There's a cupcakery in Berkeley called Love At First Bite.

        By far the best cupcakes I've had in ages were a few weeks ago in St. Louis, Missouri. I don't understand why someone here isn't able to make perfect cupcakes. There are better places in Seattle too. Yes, maybe you do need to open your own place. Or I should. :)

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        1. re: Atomica

          Thanks, for the recs. I too noticed the bad Citizen Cupcakes. Like a dirty freezer smell/taste, no? Maybe they are storing the sandwich fixings with the baked goods.
          I think we should take a page from Sibby and do a home-delivery business. I get raves for my low-fat chocolate cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting. Too bad I don't have the space/time/energy to do them on Sunday.

          1. re: foodiegrl

            You hit the nail on the head on Citizen Cake. I've also had ice cream (or gelato, whatever it is they sell) recently that tasted very strongly of old refrigerator.

        2. I'm partial to cupcakes at desitination baking co. on chenery in glen park. imho, they're better than what i've had from bakeries in noe, and they're cheaper. i also recently had some fantastic chocolate cupcakes from creighton's bakery on portola - they were out of this world, and also very reasonably priced.

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          1. re: sfoperalover

            Thanks to both for the Destination recommendation. I walk by there all the time on my way to BART, and I love their morning pastries. Never occurred to me to get cupcakes there. Maybe I'll order plain ones and decorate them myself. That's the fun part!

          2. I had this issue a few months ago, and after looking around and pricing everything out, I made them all myself, because the bakery ones were just so expensive. I made 4 dozen (half chocolate and half vanilla) and decorated them, and it only took about four hours, start to finish, and I made them from scratch. I definitely recommend Delessio's cupcakes, if you go that route, I had those once at a shower (and since then) and they're fantastic. Good luck!