well, with all the recent sugar-induced buzz about cupcakes, i finally did get to try sprinkles, the cupcakery in beverly hills. and yes, i did try THREE all in one sitting - LOL! black & white, red velvet, and strawberry. the pix on the link are sort of sorry, they actually don't do justice to how pretty the cupcakes are, but how they taste...
There were four different flavors, but while everyone else was polite enough to nibble on one, or *gasp* daintily share with someone else, I double fisted and snatched up two! What? There were plenty of cupcakes, and I know everyone WANTED to take two, I was the only one who wasnt embarrassed enough to hold back. *sheesh*
The chocolate cupcake had a white frosting with chocolate sprinkles. Its called black & white, and reminded me the most of the cupcakes I had when elementary school classmates moms brought in cupcakes for their birthdays.
I peeled off the wrapper of the black and white to reveal a dark crumb that promised rich and chocolaty. I paced myself and took a delicate bite of the sprinkly frosting. What a sickeningly saccharin-like mistake. Certainly it was made with sugar, but it didnt seem that the sugar had been blended in, leaving it almost sandy. Perhaps I had made the mistake of eating the frosting alone, because Im sure I could feel my teeth decaying right out of my jaw. Another bite with the cake, and it was better balanced, but unfortunately, the frosting still overwhelmed the cake. I didnt get a real taste of chocolate at all. As dark as the cake was, it was a little weak. But at least it wasn't dry.
Sprinkles red velvet cupcakes have pretty pastel candy flowers. Garnish. I plucked it off and dropped it on the napkin. The cream cheese icing on the red velvet was better than vanilla frosting on the black & white. A little less sandy, and though sweet, not nauseatingly so. The cake was red, but not as dark red as Ive seen in other cakes. At least Sprinkles doesnt feel the need to drown their cake with food coloring. A second bite, this time with cake and frosting, and though I didnt taste red, I dont think I needed to. The red velvet cupcake was good. Not tastebud-tangling good, but good enough.
Thankfully, my sister let me taste her strawberry cupcake so I didnt have to embarrass myself by taking a third cupcake from the box. After two cupcakes, I had wised up and tasted the cake and frosting together, so as to save my tastebuds from a potentially flavor-fatal overdose of sugar. The strawberry cupcake was a light, dull pink, made from fresh strawberries, and covered with a strawberry frosting. I didnt get the strawberry in the cake, but perhaps the previous two cupcakes had been to taste-numbing. I did, however, get the strawberry in the frosting. Not too bad.
Sprinkles cupcakes are just okay. The three I had tasted didnt impress my belt to another notch, especially knowing that each cupcake costs $3.25. I definitely appreciate that they dont feel the need to supersize them, like the miserable oversizing of muffins in the last ten years, and the little candy decorations are cute, though I have to admit that normally, I usually like natural adornments. I also dont love the way Sprinkles frosting is smoothed over frosting thats been swirled into little curly peaks reminds me of second grade. I don't think I'd make a special trip to Sprinkles just for their cupcakes, but shoot, I'd never refuse one if it was put in front of me. :)