10 Best Cupcake Shops in Los Angeles
The gourmet cupcake bubble should have burst -- long ago. For some reason, it hasn't. New bakeries claiming they specialize in cupcakes seem to pop up every month. How do you separate the wheat from the chaff? How do you know which bakeries are selling desiccated supermarket cupcakes at inflated prices and which are selling rich, moist, freshly made wonders? Read on.
10. The Oinkster:
Better known for its and burgers, The Oinkster makes cupcakes that could rival those at most bakeries in town. The cupcakes are dense with a consistency closer to heavy cornbread than traditional cake, and they come in only a few flavors. The best one is PBJ. 2005 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock.
9. Vanilla Bakeshop:
Offering elegantly decorated mini and full-size cupcakes, this small Santa Monica shop offers the basics (vanilla, chocolate, red velvet) as well as a half-dozen specialty flavors that rotate every day: banana chocolate chip, Meyer lemon raspberry, strawberries and cream, marshmallow graham and more. The Key Lime cupcake is the most stunning. 512 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
8. Polkatots Cupcakes:
The vibe is kid-centric rather than chic, but the flavors are gourmet. Among the specialty options, the best is the Dolcissimo: a dose of dulce de leche in the cake and the buttercream frosting. Polkatots is also known for its elaborately decorated cupcake cakes. 720 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena.
7. Auntie Em's Kitchen:
Auntie Em's does only a few flavors, but it does them well. It's a toss-up which flavor is the most acclaimed, but we vote for coconut. The cake is dense yet moist, crumbly and full of intense coconut flavor. Cupcakes come in mini and standard sizes, though "standard" is really more like XL. 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock.
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