Friday, May 7, 2010

Review: Crushcakes

A few weeks ago I was in the middle of tax season and overloaded with stress. April 16th was my first day of freedom! I took advantage of the end of tax season by going on a weekend getaway with my husband to Santa Barbara. The weather was perfect! We had a great time relaxing, riding bikes, and running along the beach. Of course, what is a getaway without some cupcakes?!

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.

1315 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Open 7 days/week 9am-6pm
Twitter: @crushcakes
Facebook: crushcakes

4 comments: said...

Shannon has done a great job with Crushcakes. They have a great lunch menu too.

We also have Whodidly Cupcakes in Montecito. Another very cute shop. Whodidly was on Food Networks Cupcake Wars in December 2009.


Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

I love their 'always remember your first crush' slogan! how cute. So I've been following your blog for a while now all the way over here in England and today I was sat next to Ashley Mckell in Relief Society and we were talking about cupcakes and she was like 'my friend has a cupcake blog, she's actually called the cupcake activist' and I was like no way!! I follow her blog! what are the's a small world!

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