Review: Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Back from an awesome girls birthday trip in Vegas and now I’m officially in a new age decade…I guess I’m going to have to change my profile from 20-something to 30-something now!

Since I had been in Vegas for my 25th birthday there have been tons of changes.  There’s a whole new area  called The Linq over by the Flamingo.  It has lots of shops, restaurants, and the world’s largest observation wheel….which is basically like a giant ferris wheel that takes you up in a pod and you can see amazing views of the Strip.  Definitely a fun thing to do at night to see the lights.

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To my delight, they also have a Sprinkles cupcake shop!  I had passed by a Sprinkles in Chicago last year but didn’t have time to make a visit so I was excited this time I could.  Now, the best part about Sprinkles is their cupcake ATM.  That’s right, I said cupcake ATM.  You can go up and choose from several different flavors, swipe your card, and the door opens up to a cupcake.  It’s pretty cool because there’s a camera inside that shows your cupcake being retrieved.  And the best part is no lines!  All those suckers were waiting in a huge line to go into the shop but it’s so much more fun to say you got your cupcake from an ATM!

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As far as the cupcakes go, they’re pretty good but I’m not sure they’re worth waiting in line for.  I got a peanut butter chip cupcake which was a chocolate-chip studded cake is made with all natural peanut butter and topped with rich peanut butter frosting and sweet milk chocolate sprinkles.  I love peanut butter and chocolate together but I felt like it was a little heavy on the peanut butter side and that there wasn’t enough chocolate.  It was pretty sweet but the cake was light and fluffy which I always appreciate because I hate a dry cupcake!  My travel buddy went for the classic vanilla cupcake which was a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting, and white sprinkles.  She also enjoyed her cupcake but said that it was piled a little too high with frosting for her taste.

2014-05-16 10.45.40Bottom line?  Sprinkles is good but I wouldn’t wait in line for a chance to eat one of their cupcakes.  I love the novelty of the cupcake ATM and it’s definitely a fun thing to do if you are ever around one but be prepared for a sugar rush when you eat your cupcake!

 

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Review: Treat Cupcake Bar

It may be a little late to be talking about Valentine’s Day but I’m going to reminisce for a few minutes.  Boy Cupcake and I had a lovely Valentine’s Dinner at The Cottage in Chestnut Hill.  It was actually the first time that we’ve ever gone out to dinner on Valentine’s Day.

When we were leaving dinner we noticed that Treat Cupcake Bar was next door!  I had been to their location in Needham and did the make your own cupcake (super fun and would make a great kid’s birthday), but had no idea that they had another location! The whole area over there is really built up with lots of shops, restaurants, and the best movie theater ever!  The only downside is that because there’s so much over there now, it can be hard to find parking.  I digress.

Anyway, we decided to stop in and get a cupcake to take home for dessert.  I went in wanting to share a cupcake (they’re huge!) but Boy Cupcake had other plans and wanted his own.  So he ended up with a lemon drop cupcake and I got the chocolate peanut butter overload.

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I of course had to try both for research purposes.  The lemon was delicious.  It had a yellow cake, lemon frosting, and was garnished with sugar and a candy lemon.  The combination of the yellow cake with the lemon frosting was perfect for the right balance without being too lemony.

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The chocolate peanut butter overload was right up my alley.  It was a chocolate cake with peanut butter filling and topped with ganache.  I’m obsessed with the chocolate and peanut butter combo so I could have used just a bit more peanut butter in the middle but I can’t say this cupcake was disappointing.  I’d definitely get this one again, although next time I want to try the Needham cream pie cupcake!

Review: Georgetown Cupcakes

If you’re addicted to reality tv like I am, I’m sure you’ve seen DC Cupcakes on TLC like I have many times.  The two sisters not only make beautiful cupcakes but crazy cupcake creation.  I mean a tea pot and teacup made from cupcakes that actually pours tea?  Amazing!

So Apparently they’ve had so much success that Georgetown Cupcakes is not only in DC but New York, LA, and now Boston!  I had been hearing that the cupcakes were great but it seems like people always think cupcake shops are good when they’re not always…anyone remember Cherry Bomb Bakery?  Grodie!

I figured that I had to try this place out to see if it lived up to the hype, I mean apparently people in DC line up around the block to get cupcakes from their original store in Georgetown.  Talk about success, those sisters must know what they’re doing.

I went with my friend Lindy tonight after she had told me they were great cupcakes…but being the amazing friend she is, she told me they weren’t as good as mine, awwww!  First impression is that the store as a whole is super cute.  They have lots of displays of cupcakes but those aren’t the ones for sale, they take them off of trays behind the counter.

Once you order, they give you a number and you have to wait to get your cupcakes boxed up.  This is a bit annoying but I guess they have a system in place.  It wasn’t super crowded so we didn’t have to wait long once we ordered to actually get our cupcakes.

Lindy went for a coconut cupcake and I got the peanut butter swirl.  I’ve got to say it was a really hard decision between that and Boston creme so I’m going to have to go back to try another.  They box them up super cute so we got them to go so that we could sit outside in

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The verdict?  Lindy really liked the coconut cupcake and said the cake had a hint of coconut flavor but the frosting was a little soft for her.  It had a nice covering of coconut and looked adorable like one of those snowball snack cakes.  I didn’t try it but overall it sounded like a delicious cupcake.

The peanut butter swirl cupcake was a moist cupcake with a peanut butter center and chocolate ganache on top with a peanut butter swirl.  The cupcake was amazing but my only complaint was that the center was straight peanut butter which was a little overwhelming, so I think a peanut butter cream would have made it a little better.

Georgetown Cupcakes definitely knows what they’re doing with making a great cupcake.  The cake is moist and the frosting is just how I like it, not a grainy sugary mess.  I am definitely going to be going back to try some different flavors, this was an adventure that I’d definitely like to take again.

xoxo,

~CurlyCupcake

Treat Cupcake Bar!

Long time, no blog huh? Man it’s been forever since I’ve even been on here but I’m totally blaming school on this one since way back in February I started writing a post and papers/tests took over and I haven’t looked back since. Now that that whole thing is done I can get back to the fun stuff.

This past Saturday I officially became a year older at the ripe old age of 27! Phew! Well little Lenny gave me a special treat on my birthday. She told me to reserve a bit of time in the afternoon for something and put me in the car to just go somewhere. I had no idea where we were going as we drove towards Needham. I don’t really know anything in that town anyway so for all I knew, she could have been kidnapping me and bring me somewhere remote where she was going to hide my body and I’d never know. It was pretty unlikely though since we were with other people so I wasn’t worried. The car stopped in front of Treat and I got excited!

Treat is just about the cutest cupcake shop ever! They have one counter that’s filled with all sorts of flavors of cupcakes from Needham cream pie to Oreo, to pink lemonade. They are super big cupcakes and look really yummy, but aren’t the real reason to go to Treat. The big selling point there is the make your own cupcake bar. How awesome of an idea is that!?!? You get to pick from four different cupcake flavors and four different frosting options. Then you get to add in up to three treats for the cupcakes like gummy bears, sprinkles, heath bar, coconut, mini M&M’s…there’s just so many it’s hard to pick! This was seriously like sensory overload for me. I had to let everyone go first because I just couldn’t make up my mind.

I ended up with a chocolate cupcake with classic buttercream and Oreos and peanut butter cups mixed into the frosting with chocolate covered pretzels on the side. This part is so fun because they take a blob of frosting and add in the mix-ins to it so you have Oreo/peanut butter cup frosting. It all gets mixed together like when you go to Cold Stone and they put it in a little cup. The cupcake comes in a little tray with your cup of frosting and your cup with any other mix-in treats. You then get to spread the frosting/treats on yourself with these cute little wooden knife and fork they give you. It’s perfect because you can put the whole blob on the cupcake or put it on little by little so that you get some frosting in every bite!

The verdict on these cupcakes?? DELICIOUS! The cake was delicious and not dried out at all like you can sometimes find. I also loved the buttercream frosting; it was sweet but not that tooth aching kind of sweet where you feel like you’re crunching down on sugar crystals. There are so many options to choose from that there’s got to be something for everyone.  Lenny had a chocolate cupcake with buttercream frosting and coconut, chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate sprinkles.  Muff had a funfetti cupcake (love it!) with buttercream frosting, rainbow sprinkles, and peanut butter cups. Joey Cupcake had a yellow cupcake with buttercream frosting, M&M’s, and Oreos.

Everyone’s creations looked really good. The make your own cupcakes were $4.25 (with the pre-made flavors at $3.25) but were definitely a good deal since they were about twice the size of a cupcake that you get in most other shops, it was hard to even finish the whole cupcake!

It definitely made for a fun birthday adventure, and I’d definitely go back to try some of their other flavors of cupcakes…they all look amazing. Thanks for the fun birthday adventure guys!

xoxo,

CurlyCupcake


Out of Business

This morning I was on my wonderful bus ride to work (okay, it actually is the second worst bus ride ever next to my friend Kristin’s who spends 1.5 hours on public transportation one way to get to our awful workplace) and noticed that the bakery that shall not be named was up for lease.  I’ve mentioned how awful this place was before, but today is the big day that I’m actually going to name it (even though most of you already know)…Cherry Bomb Bakery, ugh!

Initially when I saw this place was going to open in Brighton Center, I was really excited, only to be completely disappointed once I actually tried it.  And you can see on Yelp that tons of people were with me on this one too.  I’m not really sure how this place got any good reviews, but I’m pretty sure it was just from the people who couldn’t get a vegan cupcake anywhere else. 

I was also disappointed to learn that before opening, the owner of Cherry Bomb was allegedly bashing other businesses in Brighton Center like Athans and CafeNation.  I say allegedly since these are internet/Facebook rumors I read but I wouldn’t be surprised considering the hipster snobbery I encountered the two times I visited there. 

Let me tell you a little about my experience at Cherry Bomb when I went over the summer with Lenny.  First off, the service here was completely lacking.  You would think in a new business you’d be super friendly and excited to see new customers in the store but this wasn’t the case.  We tried making conversation with the girl at the counter telling her we were excited to see them open but she wasn’t too responsive.  Since everyone has a bad day, we decided to try again a week or so later but found the service to be no better.  Same girl, same bad attitude.  It was 7:45 and all she could say to us was that she was closing soon…it seemed like she just wanted us to get out so she could close up shop.

There are a good amount of variety in the cupcake flavors and they have vegan cupcakes.  I tried to ask for recommendations but didn’t get far with that.  I would have recommended that they put signs in the case with the cupcakes because it’s hard to tell what they are (and we didn’t get a great response when we tried to ask).  

We ended up picking out the signature cherry bomb cupcake and an orange carmel cupcake.  Both of these cupcakes were packaged together in a paper bag so when we got them home they had fallen over and the frosting was mushed together (I have to say that Sweet definitely has a leg up on packaging the cupcakes since you can get them home in one piece).

Once we got our mushed cupcakes home we couldn’t wait to dig in.  I really thought that while the service was bad, the cupcakes would live up to the hype but was disappointed again.  The cake on the cherry bomb cupcake was pretty good but the frosting was horrible.  The frosting was so grainy and sugary with a very greasy aftertaste.  It was almost inedible Lenny and I split both cupcakes so we could try different ones but had to scrape off frosting because it was just not good.  While I did think $2.50 was a decent price for a cupcake, the cupcake just wasn’t even good enough to justify paying for it sadly.

A lot of people bought Groupons for this place (I urged my friends not to!) and apparently they couldn’t fill the orders.  I guess they weren’t prepared to keep up with the demand but if you read reviews on Yelp, some people with Groupons didn’t get the dozen cupcakes they paid for.  What a ripoff!

Needless to say, I didn’t think Cherry Bomb would last very long, and they didn’t.  So it was a big fat:

It’s too bad since they could have been a really great addition to Brighton Center businesses.  Apparently they’re closing the store front but the owner will still be doing private catering.  It’s just as well, the public masses don’t need to be subjected to those cupcakes anymore. 

xoxo,

~CurlyCupcake

The Cupcakory

What could possibly be more fun than having your own cupcake shop?  Well it’s got to be having your own cupcake truck! I mean it would be pretty cool to be an ice cream man driving that truck around (minus the Pop Goes the Weasel music playing constantly) to have people run to you for ice cream.  And, I mean cupcakes are totally waaaay better than pre-packaged ice cream treats anyway.  It would be the best of both worlds of ice cream man and baker.

I actually saw my first ever cupcake truck this afternoon at the SOWA when I was there visiting my friends who take amazing photos and have a booth called SuMa Photography.  I almost stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the Cupcakory (notice this is quite similar to my imaginary cupcake shop’s name: the Cupcakery) and just stood there and pointed at it for a few minutes.  I mean first of all, how cute is that truck?  There were other food trucks there but this one just literally takes the cake.  I loved their little window showing off their fresh made cupcakes and the planters they had hung at the ordering window were absolutely adorable.

They had several different kinds of cupcakes I could have sampled but the ones that really stuck out to me were the French eclair and the salted caramel cupcakes.  I had trouble deciding between both and believe me I wanted to try both but after having breakfast not too long before, my stomach would only let me eat one cupcake.  After much debate (and this really was a hard choice), I went for the salted caramel cupcake and paid the friendly woman at the window $2.75, which is pretty average as far as cupcakes are concerned, and went on my merry way to eating it.

So what was the verdict on the Cupcakory’s salted caramel cupcake?  Delicious!  This was honestly one of the best bakery cupcakes I’ve ever had, and if you know me, you know I’m SUPER picky about my cupcakes (I like to pretend I know a thing or two about good cupcakes).

First, the cake was perfect.  It was a light and fluffy chocolate cake and wasn’t dry at all which I’m usually pretty critical about. It reminded me of the one bowl chocolate cupcakes from Martha’s cupcake book, which come out absolutely perfect every time.  Now, on to the frosting.  This was the salted caramel part of the cupcake.  It was a caramel buttercream with a hint of salt.  The frosting was nearly perfect too.  It was a delicious smooth frosting that was perfectly sweet without having that gross grainy texture or a greasy aftertaste.  The only thing I thought was missing from the frosting was a little more of the salted taste.  It was great  frosting but for salted caramel, it could have used just a bit more.  Maybe I’d add a little sea salt garnish on the top of the cupcake…delicious!

This was clearly a great cupcake and the idea of a traveling cupcake shop is awesome!  These were definitely much better than the cupcakes from the Bakery Who Shall Not Be Named (but I’m not too nice to link to them) who have some pretty awful cupcakes.  It was a perfect fall adventure to SOWA to get such an amazing cupcake!  Everyone must look out for this truck around Boston.

xoxo,

~CurlyCupcake

Sweet and Still Here…

Am I just the worst blogger ever or what??  I know, its been almost a month since I’ve posted and nothing, nada.  And sadly I’m back and I’m not even writing about cupcakes.  Ok, well I’m not writing about my own cupcakes but this is Adventures in Cupcakes, so I’m writing about someone’s cupcakes.  I went to Sweet in Harvard Square last night and only after I had eaten my entire cupcake did I think this adventure would actually be worth blogging about.  So sadly, no picture of my cupcake since I scarfed it down but I did try to get a few pictures on my phone before I left so I could chronicle this adventure.

Sweet is really cute, its very clean and white looking, kind of modern.  Definitely a similar feel with the light colors that I’d want in a cupcake shop, but I’d personally go for a little more homey, old fashioned look.  I do love their cute little cupcake logo though that they have all around the shop and on the windows.

So I’ve had Sweet before and thought they were okay, the frosting is a bit sugary for me, but I’m a huge frosting critic and tend to be really picky about my frostings…I mean who wants a mouthful of grainy sugar and butter mixture?  Not me.  Sweet does a good job with their frosting unlike our new cupcake shop in Brighton, which will possibly be named at a later time (horrible cupcakes though).

I went to Sweet with my friend Lindy, and she got the sweet cake cupcake which was vanilla bean cake with a chocolate buttercream frosting.  For me, I got a strawberry shortcake, which had the same cupcake base as the sweet cake but is filled with strawberry preserved and topped with whipped cream frosting and a sliver of strawberry.

The verdict?  I definitely liked my Sweet cupcake this time.  Surprisingly, the best part was the frosting.  It tasted like the perfect whipped cream but was thick enough to hold up to the cupcake.  The actually cupcake part was good but a little dense but definitely moist enough.  If I was going to make a strawberry shortcake cupcake though (and I definitely will), I wouldn’t put strawberry preserves in the middle.  I missed the fresh strawberry taste in this cupcake, so I think I’d go for fresh berries here.  Lindy said she liked her cupcake but it had a bit too much chocolate frosting on it and had to take off the extra dollop from the top.

Overall, our adventure to Sweet was pretty successful…its a pretty cute place and the cupcakes were tasty.  They have a lot of interesting flavors on their menu with certain ones being featured daily while others are seasonal flavors like the strawberry shortcake or bubblegum (which I’m not sure I’d be adventurous enough to try). It was definitely worth a try, plus its research for my own cupcake empire!

xoxo,

~CurlyCupcake