Monday, July 15, 2013

Review: Babycakes

I'll find any excuse to stop by a cupcake shop. I told my husband I wanted to meet him for lunch near his work. But really, I wanted to check out Babycakes in Torrance, CA.

BabyCakes Baking Company is located on Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance, CA. The part I didn't factor in was having my dog with me. I totally didn't even think about not being able to bring her into the store. Luckily a nice women helped me out by picking out some cupcakes and bringing them outside to me. I told her to just pick her four favorites.

So my random cupcake picks were: Oreo, Carrot, Vanilla, and Red Velvet. I wish I could have seen what other flavors were available that day because I definitely would not have chosen vanilla. Oh well.

Oreo: vanilla cake topped with crumbled Oreo pieces and whipped Oreo frosting. I wish this had been a chocolate cupcake because the whipped frosting was just too light for a vanilla cake. Also, the cake was a little dry.

Carrot: typical carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. This cupcake was easily my favorite with it's silky cream cheese frosting and moist carrot cake. Noticeably missing were the walnuts, but I usually pick them out anyway, so it was a win for me!

Vanilla: can't get more boring than vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. I did like the presentation of the white chocolate curls on top. The cake was a bit dry, but the frosting had a strong vanilla flavor. There was also a whipped cream center. I usually am all for frosting in the middle, but whipped cream is not my cup of tea.

Red Velvet: red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. I was surprised that the frosting wasn't nearly as good as the cream cheese frosting on the carrot cupcake. The cake had a dark red color, which is always a good sign for red velvet, but it was dry, so that was a disappointment.

Overall, I was a bit underwhelmed by the cupcakes at BabyCakes. I had a hint this would be the case because this actually wasn't my first tasting of BabyCakes cupcakes. I first discovered them at the LA Cupcake Challenge in 2010. I vividly remember not liking the frosting. They could have changed in three years, but my flavor palate says no. On a brighter note, I would definitely eat the carrot cake every day. Also, I would like to go back to try some other flavors. Signature cupcakes at BabyCakes are $2.95 and specialty cupcakes are $3.50.

BabyCakes Baking Company
24205 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00a-7:00p

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