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!

 

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

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