Monday, May 21, 2012

Review: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach

Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach has been on my must-try list since I was first introduced to them two years ago at the LA Cupcake Challenge. I was again reminded that I needed to pay them a visit when they were on Cupcake Wars last year. The problem was that I'm never out near Manhattan Beach, that is until a few months ago when I visited my husband at his office. I stopped by to take him to lunch and to show off our little guy to his co-workers. Desmond was a hit!

I was giddy with excitement as I pulled up to Cupcake Couture. Their shop is located in the heart of Manhattan Beach, just a few blocks from the beach. It is such a cute shop!

Part of the front of the shop is devoted to the kitchen, where you can watch all the magic happen. I also loved seeing all of the beautiful cakes in the windows.

Cupcakes Couture doesn't just sell cupcakes, they also sell specialty desserts such as macaroons, cake pops, cream puffs, cupcakes in a jar, cookies, and more! As much as I love cupcakes, I like to diversify my sweet intake too.

As much as I would have like to try ALL of the cupcake flavors, sometimes I have to limit myself. After all, I just had a baby and I'm working on getting back into shape. I went home with Lady in Red, Milk & Cookies, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Sea Salted Caramel.

Lady in Red: This is their most popular flavor and there's no wonder why! It was a red velvet cupcake done well. Tangy cream cheese frosting topped this moist red velvet cake. The frosting had a good consistency. This red velvet passed my test.

Milk & Cookies: Any cupcake with a chocolate chip cookie on top is a hit in my book. The moist cake wasn't just vanilla, as I suspected. It was a vanilla tres leche cake. Yum! The milk chocolate frosting on top was thick and chocolaty. Definitely a good choice!

Strawberry Cheesecake: This cupcake surprised me as my favorite of the day. The combination of flavors was outstanding! I loved that they used fresh strawberries in the cake and the crunch of the graham crackers on top was perfect.

Sea Salted Caramel: I usually don't enjoy whipped frosting, but the combination of this light frosting with the strong chocolate and caramel flavors made me change my tune. The caramel center was my favorite part. It makes sense that this is another popular flavor at Cupcake Couture.

Regular-size cupcakes are $4 each. Although a bit pricier than the average cupcake, these cupcakes are a good proportion size. I love how beautiful each cupcake was! All of their cupcakes were decorated with a little extra something. Gluten-free cupcakes and mini cupcakes are also available. Cupcakes Couture won my vote with their moist cakes, delicious frostings, beautiful decorations, and amazing flavors. Any time I am in the area, I will definitely stop by again. You should too.

Cupcake Couture of Manhattan Beach
916 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Twitter: @CupcakesMB

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