Hotcakes Bakes on Centinela in the Culver City/Mar Vista area has a pretty unique cupcake. Pardon me if I'm being redundant for those who watch Food Network, but according to the small accompanying sign, these cupcakes won some contest on FN. I don't have cable and I personally don't know if this adds any merit to the cupcake itself, but it is really unique and quite tasty.
The cake portion is based on the popular tres leches cake where it is moist, flavorful and slightly spongy, and has a tres leches-like filling piped in the middle. This is topped with a horchata frosting, then garnished with fresh slices of mango that have been adorned with chili powder. It really is the little package that sums up some yummy sweets found in Mexican cuisine and beyond.
I know one major complaint often levied against cupcakes is that they are dry. This puppy is in no way even close to dry. I mentioned earlier that the cake portion is moist. This is enhanced by the tres leches filling. The horchata frosting is light in weight and has a nice cinnamon note to it, adding more flavor, moisture and dimension to the cupcake. While the chili-mango garnish is a nice visual, I didn't pick up much on the chili but the mango itself was fresh.
Some feel cupcakes jumped the shark long ago, but this one is worth trying.
4119 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA