NOTE (8/1/10): I met the owner of Yummy Cupcakes tonight and she told me that she has 203 types of cupcakes at her store! I also learned that she uses my favorite type of buttercream frosting on her cupcakes (American buttercream with butter). Since I only got to taste two cupcakes on my visit, I feel that I have so much more to try. I think I need to re-visit Yummy Cupcakes real soon!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Santa Monica is the Costa Mesa of Los Angeles. Costa Mesa is crawling with cupcake stores and bakeries. Santa Monica seems to be no different. Saturday my husband and I happened to be near Santa Monica so I jumped at the chance to review a few cupcakeries outside of Orange County.
First stop: Yummy Cupcakes
Location: 313 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
It was very bizarre...the second we walked into the shop a putrid smell hit our noses! The smell was horrible! So weird. I looked around to see if anyone else noticed, but we seemed to be the only people who were affected. After putting the smell away (at least in my mind) I noticed that everyone in the shop seemed to be a return customer. They all knew exactly what flavors to buy. I knew this was the place to be!
I loved that there were so many flavors to choose from! I felt a slight pressure to choose quickly, as the store was starting to fill up and I didn't want to lose my place in line.
In the end, I only took two cupcakes home--Red Velvet Cocoa Cream Cheese and Old School. I am a big red velvet fan and was intrigued by the cocoa cream cheese frosting. The cake was moist, but the frosting was only ok. I don't think it had enough tangy cream cheese flavor. My husband said the frosting was too sweet for him. I couldn't tell too much of a difference between a regular cream cheese and this cocoa cream cheese. This cupcake was decent, but it didn't WOW me like I hoped.
My husband's pick was Old School. It looked like a Hostess Cupcake, which is probably where it got it's name (since it's a childhood treat). This cupcake had chocolate cake, which was good and moist. There was an injection of whipped cream in the middle of the cupcake and it was topped with chocolate ganache. Like I mentioned in a recent post, ganache is great just not as a topping on a cupcake. I had the same feelings about it. Again, cupcake was just ok.
The prices of Yummy Cupcakes ranged from $2.75 to $3.25. I would like to go back and review some additional flavors since I feel that there is so much more to try. These cupcakes were pretty good, so I would definitely recommend this cupcakery to anyone who is looking for a good cupcake in Santa Monica.