A little bit of research led me to Crushcakes Cupcakery, a cute cupcake shop near downtown Santa Barbara.
The shop had a small area for waiting to order cupcakes. It had a very homey feel, a good thing since cupcakes are a comfort food. The small area was a bit of a problem because you couldn't see the cupcakes until it was your turn to order. This didn't bother me because I always ask a million questions about each cupcake before I pick anyways.
I couldn't leave without buying their signature cupcake -- the Crushcake: red velvet cupcake topped with chocolate heart dipped into signature sour cream frosting.
Of course I am smiling in this photo, I am about to eat some yummy cupcakes (although I didn't know they were yummy yet)!
Check out the view from our hotel room....amazing! We stayed at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. I don't know that I've ever stayed in a room that nice before. (And the best part?...the chocolate chip cookies they greeted us with at check-in!)
My husband and I devoured three flavors: Peanut Butter Cup (chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting), Crushcake (I already mentioned that), and Buttermilk Crumb Cake (buttermilk cinnamon swirl cake with brown sugar cinnamon frosting).
The first things I always look at are the size and proportions. They were good-sized cupcakes, not too overwhelming and the frosting was well-proportioned to the cake. The second thing I check is the cake moistness. Good, although after tasting the cupcakes, we left the remainders in our hotel room for an after-dinner snack and they were semi-dry when we returned. Next, frosting thickness and taste. The frosting was thick and creamy, exactly how I love it. The sour cream frosting could have been a little bit more tart. Last, overall taste---yum! All three flavors were great. I loved the flavor combination of the Buttermilk Crumb Cake, a unique flavor that I hadn't tried before. Reminded me of the cinnamon bundt cake my mom used to make. The other two flavors were pretty standard.
As I was leaving the store, the owner told me that the Coconut Cloud was their best flavor. Since I already paid for my cupcakes and I was in a hurry, I didn't get a chance to try. But if it's recommended by the owner, then you shouldn't pass it up like I did. I was so happy to find a cupcake shop in Santa Barbara that served good cupcakes. On your next trip to or through Santa Barbara, you should definitely stop by.