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San Diego Cupcakes

Hey fellow foodies,
Where can I find delicious cupcakes in SD County? I've lived here 7 years now, and have exhausted Extraordinary Desserts, Heaven Scent, and French Gourmet. Any other ideas?

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    1. re: The Old Man

      Here's a link to some recent threads. Cupcakes have been a hot topic recently.


      Personally, I haven't been able to get Eclipse Chocolat (http://eclipsechocolat.com/) out of my head since I read their blog (http://eclipsechocolat.blogspot.com/) about a salted caramel chocolate cupcake. Looks like they had a cupcake exravaganza weekend a couple of weeks ago - darn!

    2. Cupcakes Squared in Point Loma recently opened. They're located in the Stumps shopping center which is on W. Point Loma Blvd. Eclipse Chocolate on El Cajon Blvd. also makes cupcakes.

      I've been underwhelmed by the cupcakes at either one, but you need to decide if you like them or not.

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        I tried Cupcakes Squared over the weekend, and really enjoyed their banana nut with cream chese frosting cupcake. I got there right before closing on a Sunday and could only choose from 2 flavors. They must be doing well! Thanks for the recommendation.

        1. re: DiningDiva

          It's been almost a year since I stopped in at Cupcakes Squared. I happened to be out at the beach on Saturday and thought I'd drop by and see if they were still open. Happily, they are, and thankfully, their cupcakes have improved dramatically over the last year.

          Picked up 4 - lemon, coconut lime, pineapple coconut and carrot cake. Yeah, not chocolate. We've eaten all but the carrot cake one and they've all been good. Loved the tart lemon flavor that came through clearly in the lemon cupcake. Cupcake Squared claims to use REAL buttercream icing, and based on the lemon cupcake, I believe it. I felt like I was eating half a stick of whipped butter that had been flavored lemon. The icing was a bit on the oily side, but the cake mitigated that.

          The icing was much less a problem with both the coconut based cupcakes. The cakes were moist with nice crumb. The texture and resultant mouthfeel from the buttercream icing was less pronounced with these 2 than it had been with the lemon. Plus even with being a day old, they held up well and were quite good.

          We're down to the carrot cake cupcake, which IIRC, was actually very good when they first opened last year.

          I am delighted to see they've survived the down economy and appear to have hit their stride. The 3 we've eaten so far were seriously good cupcakes.

        2. I've had good ones at Rebecca's in South Park, but they're not a regular menu item. Bread and Cie in Hillcrest has a nice selection of cupcakes, available daily, though they're more on the gourmet end.

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          1. re: Josh

            Bread and Cie does have some interesting Cupcake flavor combos.. I like the pear saffron pistachio cupcake. I think they have a lavender icing cupcake as well.

          2. Influx in Golden Hill makes great ones - in house - red velvet, carrot and chocolate are especially good - they use cream cheese and chocolate frosting and berries for decorations. The cupcakes at Eclipse are totally different but also good. I am not a big fan of Bread and Cie's cupcakes, though I like most of their stuff. They use a true buttercream frosting, which is hard when cold and greasy when soft. I have not tried Cupcakes Squared yet, but hope to soon. Elizabethan Desserts in North County is also supposed to have very good cupcakes.

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            1. re: Alice Q

              Thanks for the suggestions. I am looking forward to trying the cupcakes at Influx. You had me at "cream cheese frosting".

              1. re: Alice Q

                I can vouch for those red velvet cupcakes at Influx....moist and so true about the frosting. Since I'm there usually in the morning and I can't muster having a cupcake of any kind for breakfast., I get the cupcake to go to heat up later at home. Yummy.

                There's a slightly different type of red velvet cupcake at Luc's Bistro in Poway. Very moist, not too sweet cream cheese frosting and wrapped in wax paper, not cupcake paper. This one is actually my favorite. I usually have one there and take one home for a treat later. ...and although not a cupcake, I must add that their version of chocolate bread pudding is unconventional, not what I expected but was truly creamy and chocolately with some gold raisins here and there...and I don't like raisins.

              2. I had a lovely cupcake from eclipse yesterday, it was quite salty, as advertised, a peanut salt caramel cupcake with chocolate ganache on top. MMMMM

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                1. re: jennywenny

                  Jennie Parker of Parker Pastry is at the Little Italy farmers' market on Saturday and the La Jolla market on Sunday - great cupcakes!

                  1. re: sandshark

                    Hey sandshark, thanks for that report!

                    1. re: foodiechick

                      No problem. My husband got a red velvet and a carrot cake cupcake from Parker at the Little Italy market this last Saturday and also picked up a molten lava cake from them that was absolutely deadly (and not in a bad way). ;-)

                2. I am voting for Elizabethan Desserts in Encinitas.

                  1. had a very nice red velvet cupcake yesterday from Heaven Scent

                    1. Bread on Market does some very good cupcakes, they look alot like the back page of the barefoot contessa cookbook. Also if you can ahead, Baked by Etta does some fabulous cupcakes. Since she sold the shop to "cake" , she is in only in the mornings, but usually has a selection to sell which we love.

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                        1. re: SDGourmand

                          Cupcake Love is located in Solana, right? I live in City Heights so the drive to North County is a very rare trip for me these days.

                          Went to Sprinkles in Scottsdale over the weekend, and although I am loathe to sing the praises of an overly hyped chain, the red velvet cupcake I had there was delicious.

                          As for here in SD, so far my favorite cupcakes are at Influx in Golden Hill.

                          1. re: ginael

                            yes both are in north county. Elizabethan desserts are the better of the two that I posted.

                      1. The correct answer to the question "Where can I find delicious cupcakes in SD County?"

                        Babycakes in Hillcrest.


                        They are the bomb-diggity.

                        Take some friends, get some cupcakes.

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                        1. re: cookieshoes

                          The cupcakes at Babycakes ARE good, not to mention it's just kind of a fun place to hang out for an hour or so.

                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            Is Babycakes the place where the owner/wife is married to a SD Charger?

                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              Don't think so. This place is about a block or so south of 5th and Uni in Hillcrest. The owner is gay...very gay ;-)

                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                Looking at the building in the link: wasn't that formerly David's Coffee Place?

                        2. Found 'em. Influx in Golden Hill.

                          Tried Babycakes, Angel cupcakes, Extraordinary Desserts, Heaven Scent, Burger Lounge, and the ice cream place in South Park on 30th (apologies for not recalling the name).

                          Influx is by far my favorite. I've tried every single one of their varieties,and have been sent into cupcake tailspins every time.


                          1. Check out Cup Cake Love in Solana beach. The owner Ilene is really nice and her chocolate cocoa cup cakes are the best I've had.