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Best Cupcakes coming to Philadelphia

lone369 Oct 9, 2011 05:34 PM

I love Brown Betty's cupcakes. There a few good cupcake places in Philadelphia. But they will all be blown out of the water the moment that Crumbs Bakery opens in Philadelphia. It is slated to be opening at 133 S 18th Street near Rittenhouse Square, which between Sansom and Walnut. There is no set date yet.

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    jba1216 RE: lone369 Oct 10, 2011 09:27 AM

    I've had Crumbs cupcakes in NYC and I was not at all impressed. The cupcakes are bigger and prettier than Brown Betty's, but not nearly as moist or delicious. I'll continue to frequent Brown Betty for my Philadelphia cupcake fix.

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      barryg RE: jba1216 Oct 10, 2011 09:51 AM

      But can Brown Betty make this?: http://www.crumbs.com/colossal-cupcakes

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        bluehensfan RE: jba1216 Oct 10, 2011 09:52 AM

        The city should have an ordinance banning any proprietors from New York opening shop in our town and taking up space like Serafina. That being said, I did look at Crumbs website and, assuming that I am looking at this correctly, the cupcakes are gigantic. How can that be any good? It kills the icing/cake ratio... They do look physically attractive in a Philly Cupcake kind of way, but hopefully there is more than meets the eye taste-wise because Philly Cupcake was not all that impressive.

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          barryg RE: bluehensfan Oct 10, 2011 09:57 AM

          You could probably convince Darrell Clarke (City Council for Rittenhouse area) to push for that ordinance.

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            Buckethead RE: bluehensfan Oct 10, 2011 11:04 AM

            Perhaps we can make an exception for this one:


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          urbanfabric RE: lone369 Oct 10, 2011 10:05 AM

          Will they be baking them on-site or just driving them down from New York?

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            bluehensfan RE: urbanfabric Oct 10, 2011 10:22 AM

            It looks like they are a chain with locations all around the country. But I'm sorry, this just looks gross: http://www.crumbs.com/colossal-cupcakes

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              tzanghi RE: bluehensfan Oct 10, 2011 07:14 PM

              I may have some trouble justifying the $4.50 price they charge for a regular cupcake, let alone the $42.00 they're charging for a colossal... I can get 2 cakes that size for less but better tasting.

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                Bacchus101 RE: tzanghi Jan 8, 2012 08:24 AM

                Exactly my thought. tzanghi! Even if one is enthralled with cupcakes it seems that $4.50 is over the top. However if they have had success and are opening across the country I could be out of step on this one as I was with bottled water and sliced bread!

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                  jarona RE: tzanghi Jan 13, 2012 07:16 AM

                  I just can't get over the thought that cupcakes, in general are so friggin' popular! Last weekend we were in DC. Daughter begged us to bring back some cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes, which we obliged (we went Sunday AM when the place opened--I refuse to wait on a line for a cupcake). Anyway, my curiousity was highly piqued so I got one for myself--chocolate cupcake with salted caramel frosting. Let me tell you--the cakes was dry and the frosting was awful. I got a great salted caramel frosting a couple of years back from Chowhound that is a staple. The only decent thing about the cupcake was the chocolate ganache filling--and mine ganache is still better. I'm amazed--truly amazed.

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              kkliniewski RE: lone369 Jan 7, 2012 03:54 PM

              Hmmm .. walked by this location today and it is still the remant of a an old retail store. Looks like a Philadelphia permit had been pasted on the window but ripped off. Is Crumbs still planning on opening a location in Philadelphia. If this is still the location they are a very long way away from opening.

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