Cupcakes that don't taste like a stick of butter
I just had cupcakes from Crumb recently and thought they were very good. They stray a bit from the cupcake purists idea of good cupcakes maybe, but they did solve a common problem with store bought cupcakes. Most places use a buttercream frosting and go WAY over on the butter. I usually feel like I am eating a muffin with some flavored butter on it, rather than a cupcake with a tasty, sugary topping. For this very reason, I do not like many of the cupcakes from the more popular places. Please don't tell me to go to Magnolia or Cupcake Cafe - they are exactly what I am looking to avoid. As a matter of fact, I think Cupcake Cafe's cupcakes are disgusting. I had a film of butterfat in my mouth for a half hour after eating them. So, where else to go?
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Amy's -- their cupcakes have a sweet frosting that is not chemically tasting (Magnolia and its offspring) or too buttery (Cupcake Cafe), and the cake has very good flavor, not too sweet and has a good moist texture. I confess that I often still choose Cupcake Cafe when I am buying cupcakes to impress (visually).
ChikaLicious Dessert Club hands down. They're small (and some would say expensive for the size) but they're worth every penny. I'd rather buy and eat a couple of those for the same price of a Crumb cupcake, no question about it - they're a total pleasure.
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