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Cupcakes in the Los Angeles area

Okay, my husband and I love to try new things. When we visited NYC in July 2006 we had the pleasure of having a vanilla cupcake from the world famous Magnolia Bakery; to die for. In 2007 my husband and I were on a quest to find the best cupcakes in the Los Angeles area. We made a list and started trying different places. Here are our opinions.

The best chocolate cupcake was found at Dot's in Pasadena. The cupcake is moist and the frosting compliments the cupcake. The frosting isn't overpowering or too sweet. A very moist cupcake. Yummy.

Joan's on Third has very unique flavors. I liked the creativity. I especially enjoyed the peanut butter cupcake and also the lemon cupcake.

Yummy Cupcakes in Santa Monica has a large selection. The frosting is very sweet and they put A LOT of frosting on the cupcakes. The devil dog cupcake is yummy. I think the devil dog was a flavor for October, so I'm not sure if they have it all the time. The cupcakes weren't as moist as I like, but they were good. We had to scrape off some of the frosting.

Auntie Em's cupcakes are HUGE. They have good flavor, but once again the cupcakes weren't as moist as I prefer. The frosting was very good. We had the red velvet cupcake. Although the cupcake was good, it did NOT have the red velvet taste. We'll get back to that later.

Buttercake bakery had good cupcakes. They didn't have a large variety. I liked the mini-cupcakes. They had good prices. The buttercream frosting had a buttery aftertaste; didn't care for that, but I did like the cupcake.

Sprinkles in Beverly Hills is good. They have a lot of unique flavors. A lot to choose from. Good cupcake. Good frosting. Although the cupcake wasn't as moist as I like, you can't go wrong with a cupcake from Sprinkles.

Bluebird Cafe in Culver City was the worst. The cupcakes were large; which is fine. However, the cupcake is extremely dry, and the frosting is very thin and runny. The carrot cake cupcake did not taste like carrot cake at all. It had a very strong ginger flavor. The chocolate cupcake was dry. The white/vanilla was dry.

Now, back to the red velvet. Several posts suggested Auntie Em's and Doughboys, etc. etc. for red velvet. We tried the red velvet at several places. NONE of them have the red velvet flavor/taste. Red velvet isn't just a cocoa based recipe with red food coloring. There is a certain taste. NONE of the places suggested had that taste. So far, we have only found one place that has true red velvet. I mean red velvet you would find in the southern states. The one with the butter roux icing. The one made with buttermilk. The only place we have found in Los Angeles that makes a true red velvet is The Cobbler Lady on Crenshaw. This is a moist, to die for, melt in your mouth real red velvet cupcake. YUMMY!!!! If you want real red velvet that's the place to go. Yes, it's probably loaded with fat but it is oh so good, and besides who's looking for a healthy cupcake anyways.

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  1. Did you guys try Crumbs in BH at all?
    Their Devil dog and Blackou are incredible - but a meal on their own!

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    1. re: kex13

      Just went to Crumbs, WOW! Those things are huge, and so so so good. They have a lot of inventive flavors and a lot of the stand bys. I had an apple caramel cupcake that was so moist, had loads of frosting, and was drizzled with caramel. Hubby had the cappucino, and cousin had Reese's. All delicious!

      1. re: kex13

        Haven't tried Crumbs yet. Will add them to the list. We still have several more places we are going to try. Thanks for the recommendation.

        1. re: nonigirl1

          You must try Leda's Bake Shop in the valley. I love their mini's with real buttercream, although their red velvet mini wasn't impressive.

      2. The cupcakes at Violet's in Old Pasadena are great. Pretty good at Toast also.

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        1. re: mbh65

          Thanks for the suggestion. We will definitely check them out.

        2. Definitely try Crumbs. The variety is incredible and the red velvet wasn't half bad.

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          1. re: nikky

            Wow, Crumbs seems to be the place we should try. My husband and I will check them out. Thanks.

            1. re: nonigirl1

              Yes Crumbs is so yummy!!!

              I tried the cranberry orange cupcake today from Sprinkles. It is a special flavor for Thanksgiving. It was delicious!

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            1. I love Vanilla Bake Shop in Santa Monica. Also, they have mini-cupcakes, so you can try a bunch and not feel *as* bad about it...