Okay, my husband and I love to try new things. When we visited NYC in July 2006 we had the pleasure of having a vanilla cupcake from the world famous Magnolia Bakery; to die for. In 2007 my husband and I were on a quest to find the best cupcakes in the Los Angeles area. We made a list and started trying different places. Here are our opinions.
The best chocolate cupcake was found at Dot's in Pasadena. The cupcake is moist and the frosting compliments the cupcake. The frosting isn't overpowering or too sweet. A very moist cupcake. Yummy.
Joan's on Third has very unique flavors. I liked the creativity. I especially enjoyed the peanut butter cupcake and also the lemon cupcake.
Yummy Cupcakes in Santa Monica has a large selection. The frosting is very sweet and they put A LOT of frosting on the cupcakes. The devil dog cupcake is yummy. I think the devil dog was a flavor for October, so I'm not sure if they have it all the time. The cupcakes weren't as moist as I like, but they were good. We had to scrape off some of the frosting.
Auntie Em's cupcakes are HUGE. They have good flavor, but once again the cupcakes weren't as moist as I prefer. The frosting was very good. We had the red velvet cupcake. Although the cupcake was good, it did NOT have the red velvet taste. We'll get back to that later.
Buttercake bakery had good cupcakes. They didn't have a large variety. I liked the mini-cupcakes. They had good prices. The buttercream frosting had a buttery aftertaste; didn't care for that, but I did like the cupcake.
Sprinkles in Beverly Hills is good. They have a lot of unique flavors. A lot to choose from. Good cupcake. Good frosting. Although the cupcake wasn't as moist as I like, you can't go wrong with a cupcake from Sprinkles.
Bluebird Cafe in Culver City was the worst. The cupcakes were large; which is fine. However, the cupcake is extremely dry, and the frosting is very thin and runny. The carrot cake cupcake did not taste like carrot cake at all. It had a very strong ginger flavor. The chocolate cupcake was dry. The white/vanilla was dry.
Now, back to the red velvet. Several posts suggested Auntie Em's and Doughboys, etc. etc. for red velvet. We tried the red velvet at several places. NONE of them have the red velvet flavor/taste. Red velvet isn't just a cocoa based recipe with red food coloring. There is a certain taste. NONE of the places suggested had that taste. So far, we have only found one place that has true red velvet. I mean red velvet you would find in the southern states. The one with the butter roux icing. The one made with buttermilk. The only place we have found in Los Angeles that makes a true red velvet is The Cobbler Lady on Crenshaw. This is a moist, to die for, melt in your mouth real red velvet cupcake. YUMMY!!!! If you want real red velvet that's the place to go. Yes, it's probably loaded with fat but it is oh so good, and besides who's looking for a healthy cupcake anyways.