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jessicam29 Jan 26, 2008 06:47 PM

After a search on the boards, I only came up with Sweetcakes Cupcakes on Biscayne and 85th. Any other bakeries that have magnolia-style cupcakes in the 305?

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  1. lax2mia RE: jessicam29 Jan 27, 2008 01:35 PM

    That's the one I was going to suggest. Only other source I could think of is a baker that sells brownies at the Upper Eastside market on Saturdays. I believe her business is called Baked. I had a card but misplaced it. Not sure if cupcakes are in her repetoire but it wouldn't hurt to find out.

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      mialebven RE: lax2mia Jan 27, 2008 03:47 PM

      Funny you mentioned that. I also got her card.

      It's "Baked Miami"
      www.baked-miami.com

      Other information is in the website.

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      mikek RE: jessicam29 Feb 10, 2008 09:09 AM

      There is a place slated to open next to whip n dip in South Miami called Buttercream Cupcakes.

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        jessicam29 RE: mikek Feb 10, 2008 01:32 PM

        thanks, mike, that's right in my nieghborhood. i can't believe i didn't know about that! i'll have to check it out when it opens. any idea when its scheduled to open?

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          Miami Foodie Girl RE: jessicam29 Feb 10, 2008 03:13 PM

          I work right down the street from Whip n dip and I have been eagerly awaiting the openining of the cupcake store, however the space has been empty for over a year so I am not holding my breath. I was at a party a few weeks ago that had the most amazing brownies and I want to say it was from a woman named MINA, but I am not sure....I am going to ask the host in the hopes she can tell me where to get them

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            mikek RE: Miami Foodie Girl Feb 11, 2008 04:13 AM

            There is a spa right near Sunset Tavern that carries Misha's Cupcakes and they are delicious. If you go on that website it lists the names of stores that carry her products.

      2. ankimo RE: jessicam29 Feb 10, 2008 05:16 PM

        maybe call these places to find out...
        http://buttercreamcupcakes.com/Site/W...
        http://www.mishascupcakes.com/
        http://www.sugargirlbakeshop.com/
        http://www.stellassweetshoppe.com/
        http://cupcakesnouveau.com/
        http://stickyfingerscupcakes.blogspot... (guess Amate doesn't carry them anymore?)

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          danielle Girten RE: ankimo Jan 28, 2009 11:56 AM

          also, www.thecupcakedivamiami.com

        2. Icantread RE: jessicam29 Feb 11, 2008 07:01 AM

          sugar girl bakeshop's guava cupcakes are delicious, as are her brownies and chocolate pies

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            mikek RE: jessicam29 Feb 11, 2008 07:08 AM

            Is it common for these bakers to not have stores and just do special orders? Seems a little short-sighted to not have a store front for people to stop in to purchase?

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              jessicam29 RE: mikek Feb 11, 2008 09:06 AM

              I was thinking the same thing...

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                Icantread RE: jessicam29 Feb 11, 2008 12:03 PM

                as a broker in the area, it's become very difficult for a lot of these boutique businesses to get started without say, 6 months to a year advanced rent. Misha has a pretty good reputation and has gotten her own location (a cart in Dadeland at that) only recently. Meanwhile she has been aggressively placing her cupcakes wherever she can. I've run across several smaller scale restaurants selling her wares.

                Eventually, I imagine she can do her own full sized space, but I've seen it with landlords in the larger markets simply doubting that someone can make rent just selling cupcakes, which they translate to a gimmick. And I am not talking about misha's. I'm talking about Magnolia-sized national companies that have approached us being doubted by landlords

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              mikek RE: jessicam29 Feb 11, 2008 02:29 PM

              I drove by Buttercream Cupcakes today. I think it is open. The white paper was off the windows and there were pink tables/chairs outside. I am going to stop in tomorrow to test and confirm.

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                Sela RE: mikek Aug 29, 2008 03:45 PM

                Have you all tried Chocolat Tango's cupcakes? I came across their site on MySpace~ they sell predominately gourmet cupcakes with exotic fillings and frostings though reasonably priced. I had the white chocolate raspberry which was awesome. You can drop by their page and ask for a menu...I think you all would be as amazed as I have been;)

                Ohhh and I'll check out Buttercream Cupcakes also.

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                jessicam29 RE: jessicam29 Feb 12, 2008 02:21 PM

                I stopped by Buttercream Cupcakes and Coffee today. They are up and running as of yesterday. I didn't try anything, but the cupcakes look good! They have a rotating menu of cupcakes: chocolate and vanilla every day, and other flavors like mocha, latte, red velvet, etc once or twice a week. Today they had chocolate and mocha and latte flavors. Tomorrow is red velvet day so i might stop in and actually get one!

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                  Miami Foodie Girl RE: jessicam29 Feb 12, 2008 03:14 PM

                  Wow I will have to walk over there during lunch and check it out. The real question is how do you decide between a cupcake and the fantastic ice cream at Whip and Dip next door....so much sugar so little time :)

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                    mikek RE: Miami Foodie Girl Feb 12, 2008 03:19 PM

                    That's easy, of course, a cupcake a la mode!

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                      taiga RE: mikek Feb 29, 2008 09:10 AM

                      Sun Juice is on the other side, and in my opinion, the best of all of the juice places. Since I started with them, I send my kids to whip n dip and have the juice with my wife. I'll either have to send her to the cupcake place or get another wife.

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                    Auger RE: jessicam29 Feb 12, 2008 11:36 PM

                    I went to Buttercream too. Their cupcakes are the fudgey kind. They're good, tried the chocolate and mocha. The chocolate has a vanilla frosting covered with tiny chocolate squares. So you get a clean chocolate taste with every bite. I question the idea of having 2 coffee flavored cupcakes the same day. They also said that they're gonna make red velvet for Val. Day too.

                    I wasn't impressed with Sweetcakes. I've bought their cupcakes at the Gardner's Market in Coconut Grove. They seemed plain.

                    Misha cupcakes are light and moist. I've gotten them fresh from Whisk. I've also bought some once from the stand in Dadeland Mall. The coffee wasn't anything special.

                    I prefer Misha's, over Buttercream. But its only because I like light fluffy cupcakes more.

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                      Auger RE: Auger Feb 13, 2008 08:36 AM

                      Oh yeah, I forgot. The people at Buttercreams said that they had the place for a year, but were caught up in the permit trap.

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                    Pandabug RE: jessicam29 Feb 13, 2008 12:35 PM

                    Am I the only one who doesn't like Misha's cupcakes? I tried a red velvet one at the Dadeland Mall and it sucked! Didn't taste like red velvet and didn't have a cream cheese frosting. Maybe I should try chocolate. I've been dying for a good red velvet cupcake though.

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                      Icantread RE: Pandabug Feb 13, 2008 02:13 PM

                      Don't like them myself either. not a fan of the frosting, although they are pretty

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                        mikek RE: Icantread Feb 14, 2008 04:15 AM

                        Buttercream's red velvet was delicious. Took 2 home for my parents yesterday and my mom loved the cream cheese frosting. She is making me bring back a dozen next week. The oreo one was pretty good, but the red velvet was great. The guy said the lime flavored one (on Fridays) is his favorite.

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                      jessicam29 RE: jessicam29 Feb 14, 2008 05:45 PM

                      Ok so I tried the chocolate and red velvet cupcakes from Buttercream today. I went in around 10:30 and they were almost out of red velvet!!! There were only about 5 left, and the vanilla and chocolate ones weren't even set up yet. Both flavors were delicious! The chocolate is dense and chewy, like a brownie, but not too sweet. It has chocolate chips inside too, which i thought was a nice touch. The red velvet was also delicious. The cake was moist and a little dense, not as dense as the chocolate, though. I usually like my cupcakes fluffy too, but these were GOOD. Also not too sweet. And the cream cheese frosting was to die for! The only other things on the menu are coffee drinks. Great, having Buttercream 5 min from home is going to be dangerous....

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                        Pandabug RE: jessicam29 Feb 15, 2008 11:34 AM

                        I'm so excited! I can't wait to try them now. Mmmm...cupcakes....

                        And mikek, I'm not sure if they changed the frosting or if it's different at the dadeland mall but that was NOT cream cheese frosting on mine. And I thought the cupcake part was way too dense. Red velvet has vinegar in it to make it fluffy.

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                          mikek RE: Pandabug Feb 15, 2008 11:59 AM

                          The frosting on the red velvet at Buttercream was 100% cream cheese frosting. I do not know what you are talking about.

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                            Pandabug RE: mikek Feb 16, 2008 07:18 PM

                            Sorry about that mikek, I didn't read your post properly and thought you were referring to Misha's not Buttercream. And I tried Buttercream today; I had the red velvet. I thought it was good; like jessicam29, denser than I would normally like but good. I brought home a few of every flavor they had (chocolate, vanilla, vanilla w/oreo frosting, red velvet) so my family could try them too. My brother took a bite of the chocolate and the oreo velvet and didn't like either. He thought they were too sweet.

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                              mikek RE: Pandabug Feb 17, 2008 01:40 PM

                              I thought the Oreo were ok, especially if you have a sweeter tooth. The red velvet were outstanding. However, I prefer a dense but moist cupcake

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                                GA578 RE: mikek Feb 20, 2008 06:13 AM

                                I went to Buttercream this weekend and I had the vanilla, and chocolate. I won't lie, they were good, but definitely not worth the price. I like Misha's much better, but maybe it's because i like the fact that they're super moist and gooey. I'm also a little concerned that Buttercream seemed to copy Misha's "secret ingredient" in their vanilla cupcake - white chocolate chips. Who knows...

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                        mialebven RE: jessicam29 Feb 20, 2008 07:23 PM

                        The bakery Blu Dog Cookies opened a cafe in Co-Op Miami Art Gallery at 3404 North Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33127. According to their website at www.bludogcookies.com, they have homemade cupcakes.

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                          Bette Ferne RE: jessicam29 Feb 21, 2008 07:53 AM

                          Morning Call in South Miami has Misha's cupcakes. This used to be Biga and they carry all the wonderful breads, pastries and sandwiches that Biga used to carry. Open until 5:00, closed Sundays.

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                            GA578 RE: Bette Ferne Feb 21, 2008 05:06 PM

                            I really like Misha's cupcakes and I've gone to Morning Call and they run out of them very quickly. Luckily Morning Call has excellent alternatives because when I'm craving one of those cupcakes, I'm super disappointed when they've run out. I think there are a couple of other places where her cupcakes can be found. The website is www.mishascupcakes.com.

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                              Frodnesor RE: Bette Ferne Feb 25, 2008 07:57 PM

                              What is the Biga connection? That was probably the greatest bakery Miami has ever seen.

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                                jacopopoli RE: Frodnesor Feb 25, 2008 09:32 PM

                                Frod, I agree with you passionately and wholeheartedly about Biga - the onion ficelles, the raisin nut rolls, the fruit tarts. I could go on forever. The one on Alton Road was the one I most frequented. I also once went to an outlet/baking facility in west Miami somewhere that was great. The Sunset Drive Biga became Morning Call as the Biga stores closed. I don't know the exact relationship between the current owners/bakers and Biga's owners. I have visited a few times and some items are similar to Biga's. If I recall correctly, Biga had been started by a pair of partners and I believe one of them died.

                                Miami (or maybe just me, my family and you) is crying out for something like Biga. Every major city has at least one, if not a handful, of great bread and pastry bakeries. Why can't we support this type of business?

                                That said, this should probably be another thread but perhaps there is some connection between the spread of these cutesy infantile cupcakeries and the lack of quality artisanal products (although many cities do support both). What gives?

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                                  mialebven RE: jacopopoli Feb 26, 2008 04:38 AM

                                  I have heard good things about the bakery Chocolate Fashions in Coral Gables. Has anyone been or describe what they have? I'm sorry I missed out on Biga.

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                                    lax2mia RE: mialebven Feb 26, 2008 06:47 AM

                                    Chocolate Fashion has pretty good pastries, decent bread, and awful brunch. Nothing compared to Biga though. They had everything from alfajores to flourless chocolate cake (when nowhere else had flourless chocolate cake). It's one of the places I miss most in Miami. After Biga tanked, and Renaissance Bakery went away, the quality of bread in Miami took a nosedive and I don't think it's recovered (especially considering that Paul's is pretty much the only option right now).

                                    BTW, tried Buttercream cupcakes. They're tiny and expensive. Cream cheese frosting on a chocolate cupcake isn't a good idea. Orange cupcake was much better but cake itself was kinda heavy. Verdict was "eeehhh".

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                                      tangelo RE: lax2mia Feb 26, 2008 08:24 AM

                                      I'm glad I'm not the only person who's wistful about biga and renaissance. I cry inside a little bit every time I drive past one of their old locations. Panera is doing well here. Why? Why? Whyyy?

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                                        tangelo RE: tangelo Feb 27, 2008 02:43 PM

                                        We had a little cupcake banquet today. First, we found ourselves near Buttercream, so we stopped in and had a chocolate. Yes, it was overpriced and small, especially since most of it was hardened and stuck to the paper, so you only actually got about half of what was in there. I'd say slightly overbaked, but moist in the center. The frosting was just ok. The worst part was the service - truly appalling. Why people open a business and then leave it in the hands of untrained help is hard to fathom.

                                        Then we were in Dadeland Mall and had a small one of Misha's. They were much prettier, but the frosting was a little dry on the top. The cupcake itself was alright.

                                        Hate to be a party pooper, but if you can bake from scratch, you can do better at home.

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                                          mikek RE: tangelo Feb 28, 2008 04:37 AM

                                          I found no similar experiences with buttercream's service in my three visits there. In fact, they have been more than nice and helpful each time.

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                                            tangelo RE: mikek Feb 28, 2008 05:31 AM

                                            well it's nice to hear that other people had better experiences than we did, however that's not the case when we went. They were nice enough, just inept in a way that was notable even in Miami. It's a shame, because they are conveniently located and we were hoping we could use them as a source of goodies for our monthly teas.

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                                              mikek RE: tangelo Feb 28, 2008 08:01 AM

                                              In what ways were they inept, out of curiosity? I think there is definitely a learning curve for a new business, which is to be expected, just do not know how incompetent someone could be at taking cupcakes and putting them in a box?

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                                                tangelo RE: mikek Feb 29, 2008 05:37 AM

                                                I might have higher than normal expectations because I used to run a counter service operation; they weren't expediting at all and there was a disorganized mass of people around the counter waiting for various things and whose needs seemed to be addressed at random. They were giving people the wrong items which created more confusion, and one worker was setting items on the counter in boxes without comment, so customers didn't know what was inside of the box - what it was or whom it was for. One of the girls behind the counter didn't seem familiar with the admittedly limited menu, which consists of cupcakes, coffee, tea. For example, a woman in front of me ordered iced tea and was given a cup of hot tea with some ice cubes in it. That's fairly basic stuff.

                                                My main issue was the quality of the cupcake, which as I said above was overcooked and stuck to the paper. Those intent upon using a fork or even removing the paper would be left with little to eat based upon the chocolate one we tried. I can't serve that to a houseful of ladies, so I've had to go to Joann's for the deserts again; they're great, but we had wanted something springy and kind of girly.

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                                          taiga RE: tangelo Feb 29, 2008 06:48 AM

                                          Particularly disturbing about Panera is that the bread is better than nearly anyone else's locally. I just got back from a week in Phoenix where the bread was much better than ours, another disappointment and surprise.

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                                Chloe26 RE: jessicam29 Mar 1, 2008 01:06 PM

                                After reading the varying commentaries on cupcakes in the Miami area, I, too went on a cupcake bonanza to test local cupcakeries where I could buy, from time to time, a decent cupcake.
                                I tried Misha's cupcakes first. I had tried her cupcakes at different gatherings, Morning call, etc. But for my experiment, I ventured to Dadeland mall. I bought 3 different flavors of cupcakes: red velvet, marble, cookies and cream. I must say that these cupcakes were inferior to the ones I had tried from other outlets. The red velvet was good--probably her best--but the frosting had a stale-milk aftertaste. Simply gross. The cookies and cream had an OK taste, but it's color grossed me out. It reminded me of the gray sponge/foam that is behind old dashboards. The marble was digusting. WAAAAAAAYYYYY too moist; it completely fell apart and the taste was not best. However, I do take into consideration that her cake at other outlets have been better. One would just expect her own outlet to have the best quality product.

                                Then I went to Buttercream. Cozy place, a bit cramped, but nonetheless clean and pleasant to the eye. Being it was a Saturday, I bought--at $2.75 a pop--one of each cupcake: red velvet, oreo, chocolate, vanilla. I was turned off by the way the girl behind the counter handled the cupcakes. Why? She wore only one glove, moved cupcakes around with her un-gloved hand, smeared the frosting on some of the cupcakes (within the glass case) and still had the nerve to place these decrepit cupcakes in my box. Whatever. $12 bucks later I was on my way to test out these cupcakes and hopefully be happy enough to have found a cupcake shop to stop in to indulge on these sweet little treats. Truthfully, I was not wowed. Though I have tried countless cupcakes in my lifetime, I tested each unbiasedly--using no point of reference. The red velvet was dry, out of a box and had a vanilla-bean frosting/cream concoction. The chocolate was moist, as someone else mentioned, bordering on a brownie. Great flavor. The turnoff was that it had the uniform vanilla bean frosting/cream that I was beginning to see on all the cupcakes. It was camouflaged by a uniform layer of chocolate sprinkles. But it was edible. The vanilla was topped by, yes, that same gross vanilla bean frosting/cream. The cookies and cream was too, with the exception of the oreo cookie chunks. These cupcakes were overcooked and, unfortunately, disappointing. There seemed to have been no variety in the 1/3 dozen variety box I purchased. Will I go there again? No. It's a shame. They're in a great location and have a great audience. After waiting a year or so to open, they could have come up with better recipes. Their "quality" ingredients are not enough to make a good cupcake, as obviously experienced in their over-use of the vanilla bean.

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                                  mikek RE: Chloe26 Mar 1, 2008 01:27 PM

                                  To be honest, the reference to "gross vanilla bean frosting" at buttercream weakens your rant a bit since it is not gross vanilla bean frosting at all, but rather cream cheese frosting on their cupcakes. In the south it is traditionally served with red velvet cake, hence the combination. I actually found it quite good the two times I went. The lime with lime flavored frosting was great. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks.

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                                    Chloe26 RE: mikek Mar 1, 2008 03:15 PM

                                    Red Velvet always has cream cheese frosting. We know that. But when your red velvet cupcake is topped with a gooey cream colored black-speckled concoction whose hint of cream cheese flavor is quickly overpowered by vanilla beans--and looks like the frosting on all other cupcakes--its hard to call it cream cheese frosting! Mikek, I was truly cheering Buttercream on...I was excited to go. But I'm disappointed. It isn't a rant, but a real commentary on what my friend and I experienced. I don't worry about paying for quality or variety, but it's painful to pay $2.75 per cupcake when I can get cheaper and better at a local school bake sale. It is obvious that you love their cupcakes. Unfortunately, I won't be investing in more cupcakes at Buttercream's but I do wish them continued success. When you've experienced the goodness of Eleni's, Magnolia's, Sprinkles, and even some of our own local "made at home" cupcake mavens, you, too, may understand my disappointment.

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                                      Auger RE: Chloe26 Mar 1, 2008 09:23 PM

                                      Sprinkles website has a "vote for the next location", but you need to give an email. I don't know if it's an actual vote or just a gimmick to get your email and add you to their mailing list. Looking at how slow their expanding (1 this month and 1 over the summer), I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't open a store here until next year.

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                                        mikek RE: Chloe26 Mar 2, 2008 09:37 AM

                                        I agree some of their flavors leave something to be desired, no questioning that. I actually got a strong CC frosting, but as I said. Different strokes for different folks, hopefully someone will come along and be uniformly successful.

                                        As an aside, I have also found Misha's at the mall to eb far inferior to those at the various spas and restaurants around town. Hopefully Stella's will start branching outside of the custom-order business.

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                                          sweetcook RE: wallsm Mar 3, 2008 10:29 AM

                                          I agree with you, as a future business owner trying to start my thing up and working for my mother who owns her own businesses I agree, that these people have guts and its not an easy thing. I admire people like Buttercream and Mishas. I think its great what they do. I am a baker and I have to agree, all these cupcakes are high quality, everyone just has different tastes

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                                      sweetcook RE: Chloe26 Mar 3, 2008 10:25 AM

                                      Chloe26,
                                      Id have to agree with you on most of your comments on Buttercream, except that I think the service is excellent. I have been there three times and have tried the chocolate, the oreo, and the vanilla. First off, it seems that they are a bit underprepared product wise, the first two times I went they didnt have vanilla cupcakes, only 2-3 flavors on display, the case looked empty but the girls in the back were preparing more. Another thing, I dont know about the rest of the week or if they had just closed for a few hours but I went on a saturday and they opened at 12pm. I almost didnt stop b/c I thought they had somehow gone out of business. I finally did go in right after they opened to find that they only had 2 flavors of cupcakes ready to go, which was kind of disspointing. If they open at 12pm I would think they would have all the flavors ready to go by that time, I mean, theyve had all morning.
                                      Anyways, the place is really cute and somewhat charming. Its clean and the employees are very nice. The chocolate cupcake is my favorite from them. Its moist and almost brownie-like, really yummy. I just wish they would put another type of frosting on it. The oreo one was good but VERY sweet and the vanilla one was good too, very dense and i did not like the combination with the cream cheese frosting. I do like the touch of the vanilla beans, I didnt think they were overpowering but I do think that they overuse cream cheese frosting. It seems like they use it on every cupcake, although I think the oreo one had buttercream on it. I love cream cheese frosting, but not on vanilla or chocolate cupcakes.

                                      I had Misha's cupcakes at the mall, vanilla and chocolate. The cupcakes were really cute, I tried the mini vanilla and chocolate. I thought they were great and her frosting is pretty good, it is a sweet buttery flavor. The only flaw I saw was that the cart was a little dirty, crumbs and greasy fingerprints everywhere and the kid who was working the cart was playing with his cell phone, she should consdider hiring someone a little more responsible.

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                                        jmdhsmiami RE: tpigeon Mar 4, 2008 11:48 AM

                                        Misha's Cupcakes were at the Best of the Best at SoBe Food and Wine on the Friday night and I thought they were great! Sweetcakes I tried to utilize for a special event and they never got back to me for pricing so I had to scramble at the last minute and run to Publix for cupcakes and bought a 3 tier stand for displaying...

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                                          mikek RE: jmdhsmiami Mar 4, 2008 12:17 PM

                                          Sorry this is off topic, but how was the best of the best? Was it worth the cost? I had a wedding weekend up in Palm Beach but that was one of the events I definitely want to attend next yr.

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                                            jmdhsmiami RE: mikek Mar 4, 2008 12:27 PM

                                            I liked it better than Bubble Q from 2007. We felt it was too crowded and a cattle call so this year we opted for something a little more "sophisticated"? But I heard Bubble Q was good this year.

                                            Set up was cool, all the suites housed restaurants and vineyards. It wasn't all prepared foods some offered desserts. It was cool, as they were towards the end of the walkaround so you knew you were getting to the end and could start again!!! ; ) but we were quite stuffed! Hard to recall what was good or so-so, but all in all it was a great experience and would do it again in a heartbeat. We did the sushi seminar with Sushi Samba and the Boutique Cheese seminar at the Marriott South Beach. Both great, bt the cheese seminar was AMAZING! But they need to get the schedule better as it was running on typical "Miami Time"

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                                            jessicam29 RE: jmdhsmiami Mar 4, 2008 12:24 PM

                                            i'm not going to lie, i am a HUGE fan of publix cakes and cupcakes. so what, they aren't gourmet, but they are tasty and light!

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                                            GA578 RE: sweetcook Mar 4, 2008 01:56 PM

                                            You know Sweetcook make an interesting point. I, too, noticed that for a cupcake/coffee shop Buttercream opened kind of late in the morning, and they did seem unprepared when I arrived in that they didn't have all of the flavors ready but that may just be that they're new business owners. Hopefully they'll start opening earlier to get the early crowd.

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                                              dlgc RE: GA578 Mar 5, 2008 09:25 AM

                                              I'm still looking for a cupcake shop in the north dade area....Help!

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                                                jmdhsmiami RE: dlgc Mar 5, 2008 12:42 PM

                                                try Sweetcakes on Biscayne Blvd, it is more Belle Meade/Miami Shores area but its not far...you have to drive to get anywhere in Miami!

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                                                wallsm RE: GA578 Mar 7, 2008 12:28 PM

                                                I asked the employees at Buttercream why they open from 11:00am – 9:00pm on the weekdays. They said it was more of an evening crowd. I have been there at night and I know if it is busy they will stay open later to accommodate their customers.

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                                              danielle Girten RE: Chloe26 Jan 28, 2009 11:55 AM

                                              Have you heard of The Cupcake Diva?

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                                              Gabled RE: jessicam29 Mar 6, 2008 10:55 AM

                                              As if on cue, the Herald chimes in with an overview of six cupcakeries:

                                              http://www.miami.com/taking-the-cup-c...

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                                                jmdhsmiami RE: Gabled Mar 7, 2008 12:11 PM

                                                thanks for pointing it out. Actually picking up a cake for a baby shower tomorrow from Edda's Cake Designs, will let you know how it is!

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                                                  taiga RE: Gabled Mar 7, 2008 04:31 PM

                                                  As often, the Herald is as critical as Paula Abdul. Consequently, I just returned from Buttercream with my European mother-in-law my 14 year old daughter, and my 9 year old son. We ordered two vanilla and two chocolate cupcakes. In the case, neither looked very special, all looked really small -- which isn't a bad thing -- and the two trays of vanilla ones which were supposedly the same looked like they were iced by two different people with different instructions. A Baker's Dozen would run about $33, a monthly mortgage in 1952. It was strange. Grandmother liked it, but like both of my kids, preferred Publix. These are not inexperienced eaters. The place was cute and pink, with women and children swarming outside at the pink tables. It would be nice if anyone from any of these three places -- Sun Juice, Whip n Dip, or Buttercream, would ever lift a finger to clean up after the disgusting, filthy affluent folks who populate the area. (Or maybe their maids could do this). The only praise I can give, again to my surprise, is the best I have to offer. I thought the vanilla cupcake was delicious -- moist and refreshing. Therefore, despite my complaints, I shall return!

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                                                    lax2mia RE: taiga Mar 8, 2008 12:43 PM

                                                    Whew, thought it was just me. It blows me away how filthy these places get considering their clientele. The floor at Whip and Dip looks like it hasn't seen a mop since the 80's. And people spill and drop things all over and just leave it there. I have some visitors coming from out of town and was going to take their kids to W&D but after this last visit and seeing the state of the place I think I'll skip it.

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                                                      taiga RE: lax2mia Mar 9, 2008 05:07 PM

                                                      It wouldn't take much to keep it cleaner, would it?

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                                                        giampetro RE: lax2mia Mar 20, 2008 05:21 PM

                                                        Hi-just to reply to your post, I agree the floor is constantly a mess--my family has owned the store since we opened in 1985. Its a constant battle to try and keep it clean. one kid with sprinkles can look like an army went through. I just wanted to let you and everybody else know that we do make an effort but when you have roughly 400-600 people a day running through its just a losing battle. Don't let looks put you off--the products are worth it!

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                                                          lax2mia RE: giampetro Mar 24, 2008 12:31 PM

                                                          I agree with taiga that there are people in this area that are messy and either weren't brought up to clean up after themselves or find it beneath them. Regardless, S. Fla. just seems to have a cleanliness problem all around. A grew upin , and frequently travel back to, California and places there are spotless whether they be upscale restaurants or ice cream parlors. Places here just always seem a notch below on the cleanliness scale. Maybe it's just the way people are brought up.

                                                          I do enjoy your products though, but I still wish the floor was cleaner (on a recent Saturday there were three or four teenagers behind the counter and we were the only customers. One served us and the others goofed off. Why couldn't one of them pick up a mop and do the floor quickly?).

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                                                            taiga RE: lax2mia Mar 25, 2008 02:14 PM

                                                            Ditto to the goofing off!

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                                                    jessicam29 RE: jessicam29 Mar 7, 2008 12:34 PM

                                                    I tried Sweetcakes cupcakes today. I was in the area and decided to stop by. First off, Barbie, the owner is incredibly sweet! She told me a little about her business and we discovered that we have something in common (we are both Florida Gators). I got a nutella cupcake and a coconut cupcake. The nutella cupcake is made with vanilla cake and filled with nutella, with what i think is a nutella flavored buttercream frosting. Very tasty, if you like nutella! the cake was nice and fluffy. The coconut cupcake was out of this world! I'm a huge fan of coconut, so pretty much anthing that smells like the beach is heaven to me, but this cake was especially good. Again, the cake part was light and fluffy, and Barbie explained to me that she uses coconut oils and extracts to get the coco flavor instead of the gritty coconut flakes. The icing was a coconut flavored buttercream. it was totally delicious and the coconut flavor was not overpowering at all!

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                                                      nancoise RE: jessicam29 Mar 9, 2008 07:32 PM

                                                      The Buttercream Cupcakes store is open in South Miami and I have been there 3 times.
                                                      I like the cupcakes but there are some issues I feel they need to work out.
                                                      The buttercream icing has cream cheese in it which to me, provides an odd taste. I don't like the icing at all. The cake itself is good but I don't think that the extra chips they put in the cupcakes (certain flavors) are necessary as gravity dictates - they fall to the bottom.
                                                      The ingredients used are top notch, however. They need to offer a chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing on a daily basis, in my opinion.
                                                      The coffee there is delish.
                                                      Gardner's sells cupcakes but I think they are terrible.
                                                      That's my take on the cupcake!

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                                                        miamisweet RE: jessicam29 Mar 15, 2008 12:49 PM

                                                        Sugar Girl does have delicious buttercream on her cupcake but hands down her brownies are the best I've ever had.

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                                                          GA578 RE: miamisweet Mar 16, 2008 06:10 PM

                                                          A couple of weeks ago I went to a friend's daughter's birthday party and they served cupcakes from Sweetcakes. Unfortunately they were very dry. Although they were tasty, the dryness led me to dislike them. I've never had cupcakes from the actual store, so I'm going to try them at some point when I have an opportunity to go to that part of Biscayne. Has anyone else had the same impression - that the cupcakes are dry in comparison to Misha's for example?

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                                                          mialebven RE: jessicam29 Apr 12, 2008 10:16 PM

                                                          I was walking in Dolphin Mall and I noticed there was a kiosk of cupcakes in Moda 6 section in front of Tommy Hilfiger. It seems like we have another cupcake player in Miami...Babycakes Cupcakes

                                                          they have a website too - www.thebabycakesbakery.com and you can email the owner at barbara@thebabycakesbakery.com or michael strickland who also takes care of the business at mike@thebabycakesbakery.com or you can call at 305-499-9620 or 786-325-1662.

                                                          The frosting is made out of buttercream or cream cheese frosting. They have vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, penaut butter, red velvet, coconut, lemon, cookies and cream, dulce de leche and mojito flavors. And they're made fresh daily.

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                                                            taiga RE: mialebven Apr 14, 2008 07:03 AM

                                                            What's next at the Dolphin Mall? Red, white, and blue Tommy Hilfiger cupcakes? All dark chocolate Kenneth Cole ones. Kentucky Fried Cupcakes?

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                                                              mialebven RE: taiga Apr 14, 2008 05:38 PM

                                                              Jaja... I'm not sure what you're implying. But the cupcakes sure looked good and the kiosk had plenty of buyers. I just didn't expect to see cupcake-mania even in the suburbs!

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                                                                taiga RE: mialebven Apr 15, 2008 03:39 PM

                                                                I guess I'm implying that cupcake mania seems perfectly appropriate for the Dolphin Mall, aesthetic paradise that it is.

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                                                                  anon44 RE: taiga May 3, 2008 04:15 PM

                                                                  I tried babycakes today. Not the best cupcakes, way too dry!! The decoration was sloppy and the strawberry cupcake they sold me looked like it went to war and back.

                                                                  Mishas are totally better. Buttercream cupcakes are good, they just overcook the cake sometimes. Cupcakes Nouveau and Sweetcakes are adorable.

                                                                  I have to try Little Miss Cupcake Bakshop. I've heard great things about them as far as quality of the cupcakes and customer service. I'm hoping to use them for my next event.

                                                                  Look them up at
                                                                  http://LittleMissCupcakeBakeshop.goog...
                                                                  or www.myspace.com/littlemisscupcakebake...

                                                                  I'll keep you posted!

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                                                                    mialebven RE: anon44 May 3, 2008 07:14 PM

                                                                    Thank you for the report, Anon!

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                                                                      jmdhsmiami RE: mialebven May 4, 2008 06:07 PM

                                                                      I agree about Misha's!

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                                                            Auger RE: jessicam29 May 23, 2008 09:32 PM

                                                            Misha's is opening her own retail store. It's in South Miami, in the strip mall with the Wing Zone and the cereal place on US1. No idea on when it'll open, just drove by and saw the sign.

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                                                              Gabled RE: Auger May 31, 2008 05:32 AM

                                                              It's good to know about Misha's. Wing Zone closed down last month, so it may be in that space.

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                                                                Auger RE: Gabled May 31, 2008 11:20 PM

                                                                Wing zone closed? oh well. Actually its in the space right next to wing zone.

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                                                                  dlgc RE: Auger Jun 1, 2008 01:30 PM

                                                                  We just return from a brunch where cupcakes from Dots were served. They were right up there with the best of the best. The chocolate chocolate chunk were fabulous with a butter cream icing.

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                                                                    Miami Danny RE: dlgc Jun 3, 2008 07:01 AM

                                                                    I discovered a true 'find' at the Upper Eastside Market (65th and Biscayne Blvd., Miami-open Saturdays from 9-3) He is a fourth-generation French baker, and he has amazing cupcakes. For some photos, got to www.dailycocaine.com or www.levinoisbakery.com They were not covered with too much icing, which had a great smooth texture, and also didn't just taste like sugar; and the cake, vanilla and chocolate, was smooth. Nice size, and $1.50-cheap!

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                                                              FloridaE46 RE: jessicam29 Jul 1, 2008 12:37 PM

                                                              I believe there is suppose to be a Sprinkles opening in south beach

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                                                                Icantread RE: FloridaE46 Jul 2, 2008 10:10 AM

                                                                Really? where did you hear that? They tried to open one in the Gables, but flaked.

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                                                                  FloridaE46 RE: Icantread Jul 3, 2008 08:12 AM

                                                                  i could have sworn that i saw it on their website under coming soon about 6 months ago....

                                                                  edit: just checked and its still there.. hopefully it comes soon!!!

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                                                                    YumLuv RE: FloridaE46 Jul 3, 2008 08:47 PM

                                                                    I went to Sprinkles in LA, cupcakes are not good at all, I would have been better off eating the wooden forks they give you to eat with than the cupcake itself. The cupcakes are horrible, the store and the abercrombie model cashiers didnt do the cupcakes justice either. I hope they go somewhere else!

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                                                                jessicam29 RE: jessicam29 Oct 21, 2008 08:23 AM

                                                                I discovered a new player in the Miami Cupcake Wars: Short Sweet & Baked. I went to Soli Organic Ice Cream (in South Miami) last night and the lady working there also has her new cupcake business. Her cupcakes looked delicious. She makes all the baked goods for Soli. What sets her apart from all the other cupcake queens/kings? is that her cupcakes are all Organic!

                                                                www.shortsweetandbaked.com

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                                                                  jmdhsmiami RE: jessicam29 Oct 22, 2008 09:21 AM

                                                                  so the cupcakes are available at Soli Ice Cream? The link doesn't work, can you post additional info?

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                                                                    jessicam29 RE: jmdhsmiami Oct 22, 2008 09:53 AM

                                                                    Yes, the cupcakes are available at Soli Ice Cream. She had a small selection of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes when I went. She also makes other baked goods, all using organic ingredients. She also operates a delivery business. Her name is Elizabeth. I don't have her card with me, but I suppose you can contact her at Soli.

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                                                                      jmdhsmiami RE: jessicam29 Oct 22, 2008 10:00 AM

                                                                      thanks!

                                                                2. GA578 RE: jessicam29 Aug 14, 2009 09:17 AM

                                                                  Hi! My husband and I recently went to Cool de Sac in Sunset Shops with our kids and after we left were looking for something sweet to eat. Just downstairs is a cupcake place called LA Sweets. It was absolutely fabulous. We each got a mini cupcake and all of the cupcakes tasted fresh. The frosting was nice and soft, not hard. It seemed like the owner is really on top of baking and frosting throughout the day, rather than baking/frosting the night before like I've heard other places do. AND (I know this is going to make me sound dorky) she has board games to play, such as Scrabble, so you can go there and have a fun family night. I love playing board games.

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