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Apr 21, 2008 06:44 AM

San Diego Cupcake Crawl

I'm taking my daughter on a cupcake crawl in San Diego as part of her birthday celebration--a fun activity my brother set up for us recently in Chicago, where we would evaluate on appearance, taste, texture, price, icing and the elusive "cupcakeness" in search of the best in town!
I've got Elizabethan Desserts, Daily Scoop, Cupcakes Squared, Bread and Cie and Eclipse Chocolates on the list so far. Any other "must tries"?? Thanks for your help!

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  1. Sounds like a lot of cupcakes! :-) You might want to call to be sure B&C and Eclipse have cupcakes on the day you plan to visit, I'm not sure about the cupcakes, but I know they rotate their bakery items - so not evrything is available every day. There's also a Sprinkles up in OC - but that might be a bit too far away!

    1. Double check Daily Scoop to make sure they have cupcakes. I was there on Saturday and they did not. Heaven Scent in North Park (30th & Univ.) often has cupcakes too.

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        Not a crawl -- but was at Michael's (the arts and craft store) in Mission Valley yesterday and they had a cupcake aisle!!! -- everything you ever needed (and many things you never knew you needed) for making cupcakes at home...

        1. re: Ewilensky

          Wow, I must check that aisle out!

          I have one more addition to the crawl, a fine dessert shop but more focused on larger items and wedding cakes. Still, if you get there fairly early in the day, worth the trip to La Jolla.

          have fun!

      2. For a far more lowbrow cupcake, you might want to try VG's in Cardiff, which is relatively close to Elizabethan Desserts. My kids still prefer VG's cupcakes to most of the fancier ones. Also, I had an amazing chocolate cupcake this past Saturday from the Peruvian chocolate vendor at the Del Mar farmer's market. Best one I've had in a long time - somehow it was dense/richly flavored and yet light at the same time!

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        1. re: susan3733

          The Peruvian chocolate vendor is Guanni - they do make some great top notch stuff, I'll have to try a cupcake next time I see them at Hillcrest!

        2. You can also try Starbucks and compare the indie bakeries to a mass production product.

          This sounds like a great "bachanelian" adventure.

          1. i would start and stop at Elizabethan desserts... the Peruvian chocolates at the farmer's market are awesome. I have not tried her cupcakes....ummmmm