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moragaebd01 Feb 27, 2011 12:03 PM

In reviewing the boards there are no new reviews for cupcakes. It looks like the last reviews were in 2005 and 2008. What's the best cupcake in the East Bay today? Looking for cupcakes for next week's birthday dinner and want them to be The Best! Thanks for any help.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: moragaebd01 Feb 27, 2011 12:09 PM

    People line up for Cupkates.


    , Berkeley, CA

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      moragaebd01 RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 27, 2011 12:20 PM

      Thanks, but unfortunately for me, my dinner is on Saturday, and Cupkates does not have Sat. pickup. I was concerned that if I purchased the cupcakes on the Friday that either (1) they would be slightly dry by Sat, or (2) I would have eaten them. Any other suggestions?

      , Berkeley, CA

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        bbulkow RE: moragaebd01 Feb 27, 2011 12:52 PM

        Masse's. Crixa. Not cupcake specialists, but amazing bakers. Depending on the quantity, either one would probably make you a special batch.

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          milklady RE: moragaebd01 Feb 27, 2011 01:45 PM

          Cupkates really are the best, I think. Consider emailing Kate and asking if she can help. I know that thet deliver 2 dozen or more. I've had them at a Sat party before.

          , Berkeley, CA

      2. majordanby RE: moragaebd01 Feb 27, 2011 12:37 PM

        not a big fan of cupcakes, but my friend likes la farine and fat apple's

        you might want to check out indie cakes


        they (along with cupkates) do the beehive market in berkeley when it was running during the summer and fall.

        1. MollyGee RE: moragaebd01 Feb 27, 2011 02:48 PM

          I like Cupkates, they use real buttercream and you've gotta love the novelty of buying a cupcake from a truck, but my favorite remains the chocolate/chocolate cupcake from Teacakes in Emeryville. They get the frosting right, the cake usually has a lovely crumb and they're pretty. I can't vouch for their other flavors. The vanilla is meh.

          And Cupkates, even purchased the day of, do not transport well. Weird because they're from a vehicle...The frosting is really fragile and the cupcakes themselves are so light. Anytime I've tried to eat them anywhere aside from adjacent to the truck, they're always knocked over and messy. Maybe they've improved their to-go packaging...

          , Berkeley, CA

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            milklady RE: MollyGee Feb 27, 2011 09:29 PM

            If you buy a dozen from CupKates, they're in a great box with holes for each cupcake that doesn't let them slide. I'm not such a big fan of teacakes, as they use powdered sugar buttercream. But most people love them.

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            betterbeheaven RE: moragaebd01 Feb 27, 2011 02:49 PM

            James and the Giant Cupcake doesn't have a retail shop, but they do free delivery in Oakland and Berkeley. The sea salt caramel one is a favorite. http://www.jamesandthegiantcupcake.com/

            I also like Love at First Bite in the Gourmet Ghetto

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              moragaebd01 RE: moragaebd01 Mar 6, 2011 07:10 AM

              Just to let people what I ended up doing. I arranged with CupKates to pick up the cupakes at their bakery in Richmond the evening before the party. The 'cakes came in easily transportable boxes which held each 'cake in place - like a little cup holder so transport was absolutely no problem. We ordered red velvet, double chocolate, double vanilla and the cupcake of the month, lemon meringue. The directions were to keep them at room temp. All of cupcakes were GREAT. The cake was tender and moist (although personally I don't know what all the hype is about red velvet); the frostings were delicious, but a little of the heavy side - in the sense that there was a little too much frosting for the size of each cake. Most everyone in attendance is a chocolate addict, and everyone thought that the lemon meringue was the show stopper. After all this, someone just told me a new cupcake place opened in Walnut Creek - anyone heard of that?

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                myst RE: moragaebd01 Mar 7, 2011 10:50 AM

                I like cupkates - especially the vanilla, but am also a fan of Braxton's Boxes which delivers in the east bay. They are a little more decorative than CupKates, and still delicious with any variety you want to order. I am also a sucker for the frosting at Fatapples....

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                  annec RE: moragaebd01 Mar 7, 2011 08:33 PM

                  Frosting Bake Shop? I tried it a few months ago It was not my favorite. They had novelty flavors but the cake seemed dry and the frosting was sweet. I do like CupKates - I am a frosting fan and I like theirs, though it is piled so high I can't always get a properly balanced bite, for lack of a better term.


                  Frosting Bakeshop
                  7 E Blithedale Avenue, Mill Valley, CA

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                  jessinEC RE: moragaebd01 Mar 7, 2011 04:07 PM

                  Love at First Bite in Gourmet Ghetto is wonderful. They catered my wedding -- I don't eat dairy and they have awesome vegan choices (chocolate & ginger). They have a range of flavors -- basic chocolate & vanilla and then some more unusual choices (green tea, etc?). My family mostly likes the usual ones, but more adventurous types might go for the others. Enjoy!

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                    sftaoofpao RE: moragaebd01 Mar 8, 2011 08:50 AM

                    MoonBabyCakes is my fave. I'm not even a huge cupcake fan but i can eat about 3-5 of the minis at any sitting. She also was 3rd in the best cupcake challenge in Bay area.

                    Has really unique flavors beyond obvious favorite red velvet like chai spice, mocha java, snoball, tropical carrot, and cookies and cream

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