Palo Alto’s Cupcake Outposts

Sprinkles has arrived in Palo Alto, spreading its love like buttercream. There are about 10 cupcake flavors, some of which change daily.

xanadude recommends the black and white; other offerings include ginger lemon (Wednesdays only), vanilla milk chocolate, and a red velvet that hhc deems good. Beware the decorative candies on top, which are hard and not tasty, says hhc. “Cupcakes are $3.25, or a dozen for $36. It was pretty crowded in the first days, with a slow-moving line. And take note: There is no public bathroom.”

Nearby, Kara’s Cupcakes of San Francisco also has opened a Palo Alto location. JasmineG checked out a variety and declares, “All of the cakes themselves were very good — moist, lots of flavor, good texture to the top.” She loved the fleur de sel cupcake: “the chocolate cupcake and ganache [frosting] were good, the caramel [filling] was delicious, and there was just enough salt.” Meyer lemon has a nice tang, but it and the raspberry frosted chocolate cupcake have a frosting whose consistency is more like whipped cream than buttercream. On the other hand, the chocolate ganache frosting might be too rich for some.

Kara’s cupcakes are $3.25, and minis are $2. Another location in San Jose is scheduled to open soon. But don’t forget about Vanilla Moon, already a great cupcake source on the Peninsula, says bbulkow. Red velvet has moist, flavorful cake and creamy frosting.

Sprinkles Cupcakes [Peninsula]
393 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Kara’s Cupcakes [Peninsula]
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
650-326-CAKE (2253)??

Vanilla Moon [Peninsula]
872 Laurel Street, San Carlos

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