I need some recommendations for the best cupcakes you've every had in Southern California in the Santa Barbara, Ojai, Ventura and maybe also the LA area. I'm terrified of getting something with frosting made of lard.
I'm looking for something with both substance and style, like Miette in San Francisco.
I'd be curious of what people think of Vanilla Bake Shop and Lark
P.S. I love the look of this Superfine cake, I just can't afford it: http://superfinebakery.com/staci-and-...
One of our few culinary claims to fame in Northridge is Dreamy Creations cupcakes. www.dreamycreations.biz. They won the cupcake wars on the food channel, if that means anything to you. Wide variety of flavors - burnt marshmallow, creme brulee, every kind of chocolate and vanilla. Definitely worth your consideration, although a schlep from Santa Barbara.
Be sure to visit Crushcakes (locations in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, the chocolate-based cupcakes in particular), and Pattibakes in Buellton (if you like Carrot Cupcakes or Lemon Raspberry).
Enjoy Cupcakes in Los Olivos Wine Country is worth a stop, too. Her menu changes every week.