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May 28, 2010 08:37 AM

New Cafe/Cupcakery: American Cupcake

American Cupcake joins the legions of cupcake shops in the Bay Area.

However, they're taking the cupcake concept several steps further. If you're like me, you sometimes need a place to go after dinner that isn't quite a sit down restaurant but isn't as hectic as a bar or club. Light snacks in addition to alcohol is also something I'm always looking for

Enter American Cupcake, 1919 Union Street (near Laguna).

In addition to cupcakes, AC serves coffee by day and wine, beer, champagne, and cocktails by night. The menu features All-American comfort food: variations on PB&J (with different jam flavors or fresh fruit slices), macaroni and cheese, sliders, hot soups, popcorn--it's a regular carnival!

For dessert, there are cupcakes, mini cupcakes, candied apples, caramel apples, cotton candy, and whoopie pies. For those who like sugar with their alcohol, AC offers cupcake flights: 1 cupcake + 1 drink in a matching flavor.

It's a cute, if ambitious, concept. But the food is good, the cupcakes are fluffy and moist with creamy frosting, and the people are friendly.

Favorite cupcakes (out of about 6 tasted): bubblegum, lemon, and red velvet.

Favorite savory food: surprisingly, the soups!! But really, all the food was tasty.

As they say when you leave, have cupcake dreams!


American Cupcake
1919 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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  1. I stopped by and picked up a few cupcakes last week and they were shared by three of us. We all agreed lemon was our least favorite. The cake was too dry. Two of us preferred the chocolate, while the third preferred the red velvet. Full disclosure- the one who picked red velvet is not a chocolate fan, while the two who did do love chocolate. In the end, we decided American Cupcake did not warrant a second visit.

    American Cupcake
    1919 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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    1. re: Jay H

      I agree, I'm probably not going back. The cake on ours was kind of gummy, like when you wait too long to frost it, almost stale. Although the frosting was good, very creamy. The flavors were faint, I expected them to be a little more intense. My husband and I shared a lemon, peanut butter/chocolate and a vanilla flavored. We both agreed they were just "ok" our boys had candy flavored ones. Of course they loved it, but there 2 and 3 years old.

    2. Is this the place that does the red velvet cake coated fried chicken???

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      1. re: ChowFun_derek

        They have in the past, not sure if that's still happening.