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Crumbs cupcakes--worth $5

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Adsvino Dec 14, 2007 01:12 PM

Newish place on SM Blvd in Beverly Hills. All the cupcakes are large and like $5. Worth it?

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    la tache burger Dec 21, 2007 12:46 PM

    Went to Crumbs this morning. Not $5. Between $3.25 and $3.75. Hated the "Hostess Cupcake", disliked Vanilla, Snickers. Carrot passable. Pistachio best but not worth repeat trip.

    Then went to Susie Cakes. Utterly uninspired. Red Velvet did not have clear distinct flavors. Disappointing.

    Last night had Coconut Cupcake at Clementine. Delicious. Really great cream cheese frosting, the coconut cutting a bit of the sweetness, the cake was just the right kind of cakey. Made with love.

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      Got Cake Dec 20, 2007 06:54 AM

      We did a cupcake crawl in NYC last year and Crumbs was my favorite. They did have other frostings besides cream cheese. Too bad the shop here is not getting great reviews on the board; I was looking forward to going.
      Has Crumbs put a dent in Sprinkles lines?

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        iluv2eat Dec 19, 2007 04:18 PM

        I grant you that I'm pregnant, and as such rather sugar-mad at the moment, but I loved my first Crumbs yesterday. A co-worker brought a couple of dozen to work and I thought they were incredible. I've been on a real Vanilla kick lately - those little mini's are so perfect - and I'm a fan of Hotcakes Bakes, too, but I thought these fit right in at the top of the list. It could be that she cut them into quarters before serving so they weren't quite so daunting...

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          Diana Dec 19, 2007 11:13 AM

          Leeda's for me. The bite size are great, the kid size are god, and the flavors are amazing.

          1. Schweinhaxen Dec 19, 2007 11:04 AM

            They are good, but I still prefer Buttercake waaaay better, and for the price much better!!

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              whycook Dec 19, 2007 10:59 AM

              I find Crumbs simply too big and so sweet they are flavorless, unimpressed by Sprinkles and find Auntie Em's are oily.

              While I haven't tried Hansen's (yet) I really enjoy light (kind of springy) red velvet (with really cream cheesy frosting, coconut and salted caramel cups at Lark Cake Shop (3337 West Sunset Blvd (at Micheltorena St). Chocolate is their weakest flavor - rather non-descript.

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                lemonhead Dec 19, 2007 10:03 AM

                Tried 4 different flavors at Crumbs and they were all awful. The cake is dry and flavorless and the frosting tasted like lard. The best cupcakes are Hansens. You need to preorder, the chocolate with chocolate moose, marble with custard, or white with white chocolate moose are amazing (stay away from buttercream) and they are only $1 a cupcake. Hansens is far superior to Crumbs and Sprinkles.

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                  Norm Man Dec 21, 2007 09:57 AM

                  Lemonhead, where is Hansens located? Thanks in advance.

                2. mollyomormon Dec 14, 2007 01:34 PM

                  They are definitely huge--like the size of costco muffins. I brought 8 different varieties into work right after they opened and I think people preferred the apple spice and carrot ones. I think there are better cupcakes in LA.

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                    Adsvino Dec 14, 2007 01:39 PM

                    Thanks, I figured. Note: When cupcakes get that big, they don't look as cute or delicious any more.

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                      mollyomormon Dec 14, 2007 02:09 PM

                      No, these are almost freakishly huge. It kind of takes away the novelty of it being a cupcake when it feels more like you're eating a cake. Some of the frostings have the mouthfeel of shortening, too. I remember this especially with the Reese's peanut butter cup cupcake.

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                        campchow Dec 19, 2007 12:15 PM

                        I was dissapointed to find that the Crumbs in LA has only cream cheese-based frostings. When I asked why, they told me that that was the way they do it in New York. However, in New York I had a really great strawberry buttercream frosting at Crumbs and was hoping they would have it here. They don't. I love cream cheese frosting on red velvet or carrot cake, but cappuccino? I wan't blown over.

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                      Josh90004 Dec 14, 2007 02:10 PM

                      i noticed costco had cupcakes last time i was there. as big as the muffins, mix of choc and vanilla. they looked kinda good but cost the same as their sheet cakes. be nice if they had a 6 pack for people to try.

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