Just got back from Crumbs. I bought a dozen cupcakes and they were at HIT at the office. Here is my general overview of the place out of 10s.
Cupcakes are awesome - 10/10
Excellent Product presentation / selection - 9/10
Walls are plain and the "bench" on the left side of store is horrendous - 7/10
Staff is friendly but a little on the ditzy and "spaced out" side - 8/10
Coffee is great, but I had a pile of grounds in the bottom - 7/10
Tables and chairs looked dirty and the Self Serve Milk / Sugar stand was grimy - 5/10
Overall I give Crumbs a 46 out of 60 (77%). With a little work on the general layout, some more attention to the cleanliness of the area in front of the counter, and some social skill development for the staff, I can see that going up to an 85% in no time.
jfood was called into service to bring an emergency package from Rye Ridge deli to little jfood so being the reasearch person at heart took a little extra time to try Crumbs.
First thing to notice is the bizarre layout. The display case is in the rear and faces sideways. Upon entering you can see none of the cupcakes and need to walk all the way top the back and look at 90 degrees.
When you see the choices it is a bit overwhelming. But in the end, jfood chose a Blackout Cupcake.
After dinner he dug into. A traditional blackout cake (ake Ebinger's contribution to great cuisine) has a layer of icing. This did not, just some wiggles on top with the extra cake crumbs. Then the first bite revealed a bit of a dry cake, and it could have used a little more chocolate. The interior had the "icing " and it was sweet and chocolatey. The elements together were pretty good, not great.
Would jfood run back, nope. If he were in the mall and had a chance, he would definitely give another cupcake a try.
BTW - Rye Ridge has a bunch of look-alikes from a different source.
I don't really get the cupcake mania thing, but I gave the place a try the other day (and it was really packed, so it looks like everyone is giving them a try). I had the chocolate pecan pie cupcake. The cake part was just okay--kind of a coarse crumb, and a bit oily. The frosting was disgustingly sweet and was really heaped on. I have a pretty big sweet tooth, but I had to take most of it off. And of course the cupcakes are quite expensive. So, I still don't get it. If I'm going to throw calorie caution to the winds and treat myself, I'd rather head down the street to Gofer Ice Cream
hey guys, just came back with 4. you have to kidding with this place. these cupcakes are right out of a duncan hines box. except for the lola la crumb, which should have been called lola la cardboard, way too dry to be duncan hines. at 3.75 you would think that they would at least make them from scratch.
Just finished a quick cupcake tasting - I gotta tell you, these are really really good. I bought 6 cupcakes tonight and I just had a little piece of each of them. Now please mind when I say tasting, I literally cut off a teeny bit of each and tasted - I did not make it anywhere near to the middle of the cupcake where buttercream may or may not be lurking. Tonight I tasted the Reeses, Carrot, Oreo, Devildog, Pumpkin, & Smores. I know, sounds disgusting. It wasn't though.
Hands down, the Devil dog was my favorite. The cake was so moist & soft, and the buttercream wasn't that sugary gross stuff - more like the texture of a sweet cool whip. Really light.
Overall, the chocolate cupcakes were far superior (Devil, Oreo, and Smores). The carrot cake was very good. Pumpkin was a little disappointing, as was the Reeses.
Please note, I will continue sampling these cupcakes STRICTLY for the sake of Chowhound later tonight & tomorrow, so these initial reactions are subject to change, particularly if I hit some sort of buttercream in the middle.
Then, I will be on the treadmill for 24-48 hrs :)
At $3.75 each, yes they are expensive. They do have regular cupcakes at $2.25 a piece as well. But the larger cupcakes, IMO, are worth the money. Each one is more than enough for 2 people.
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Just had half a red velvet cupcake from Crumbs. Half because the cupcakes are pretty big. They are moist and taste great even without the frosting (of which there is plenty!) I just wish I had some milk handy to go with it. It was good, but very sweet and will probably cost me an extra 20 mins of cadio at the gym. They also sell smaller cupcakes but those don't seem to be as fancy. A co-worker had a chocolate one with some type of chocolate custard in the center and chocolate frosting that looked absolutely decadent. She is a choco-holic and said it was one of the best chocolate cupcakes she'd had.
They had other things there besides cupcakes - cookies and some pastries - and a pretty serious looking espresso machine that looks like it might give Starbucks next door a run for its money (if they know how to work it right.) At $3.75 a piece, it's a bit of a sticker shock, but the cupcakes are large enough to split I think. A nice treat, indeed!