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Mar 29, 2010 10:00 AM

Cupcakes in Triangle

Though I'm a bit late, I have jumped on the cupcake wagon. We ordered the Grasshopper cupcakes from the Cupcake Bar and were thrilled. They delivered to our home for $5, the cake itself was nice and moist and the buttercream was awesome (not too sweet like a lot of places). We decided to order from Crumb for my birthday-it was the only way I could justify the cost of $68 for a dozen (and you can't order less than a dozen). Though it was almost double the cost of Cupcake Bar, they had some awesome sounding flavors that we didn't see elsewhere. We ordered the Slow Burn, one of a few that were billed as spicy cupcakes. It was (supposed to be) a chocolate cake, filled with chocolate pudding topped with cilantro-jalapeno-vodka buttercream. First problem-when we picked them up, they were all just put into a cake box so they could topple all over each other on the ride home. Surely for 68 bucks they could put in a cupcake divider! The cake itself was a bit dry and too dense for our taste, and the pudding was almost as thick as an icing, but those things are more a matter of preference. The real problem we had is that we could taste neither cilantro nor jalapeno on the cupcake. Even our 6 year old who thinks everything is spicy didn't taste any. I called them that night and told them about it and was told they would get right back to us. Hadn't heard back 2 days later and left a message. Finally sent an email today and got a hostile reply. Seems like quality and customer service don't matter to them. Next time I'll order from the Cupcake Bar.

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  1. I have yet to jump on the cupcake craze. I like a good cupcake but to me I don't get the big deal. Especially with some of the shops down here where it seems like it is more about the icing and less about the flavors (and sometimes the quality) of the cake itself. The last cupcake I remember having here in the Triangle that wasn't from Whole Foods was in Raleigh and it was a mound of icing and then a little bit of cake which to me is off putting. There are some other retailers both stores and mail order only around between Chapel Hill and Raleigh. You may find a hodge podge of ones you like. I'd rather find a good french, german, or italian bakery.

    9 Replies
    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

      Have you been to La Farm in Cary? Really good french bakery-and surprisingly authentic!

      1. re: JennV

        As familiar as I am with Lionel and his business by word of mouth and press, I surprisingly haven't been to La Farm. I guess I should note that I'd be looking for a patisserie vs. a boulangerie. I may be misinformed but La Farm strikes me as the latter.

        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

          If you're going to pay that kind of money Bonnie the fabulous baker at Miel Bon Bon at Car Mill makes to order cupcakes. her chocolate is really up there in quality & she can do anything.

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            bf, you are correct re: La Farm. They are fabulous and do many things well, but are very much a cafe and bakery vs. pastry shop. I don't recall ever seeing cupcakes there - although in their defense, I've never missed them with all of the other yummy stuff there. :-)

            1. re: Suzy Q


              It didn't appear to me you were looking for a recommendation for a cupcake place. You said, "I'd rather rather find a good French, German or Italian bakery...", JennV recommended La Farm, which is a French bakery and, in fact, a boulangerie, rather than a place that specializes in pastries. Seems she was just offering a tip in response to your post...

              I feel for JennV, if you're going to pay that kind of money for a dozen cupcakes, they should live up to the description not just be a catchy phrase on a menu.

              1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                Daisy Cakes in Durham:


                All food tastes better when it comes from a truck and cupcakes taste even better when they come from a vintage Airstream trailer.

                1. re: ToothTooth

                  I agree!

                  I think Bliss in Chapel Hill is decent (better to me than the options at Whole Foods and Weaver Street), but nothing beats cupcakes from an Airstream.

                  1. re: ToothTooth

                    I need to get to this place. Thanks so much for the heads up.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      call/email before you go - they took off last weekend, and i suspect are taking intermittent weekends off due to tanya's fight against breast cancer.