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Cupcakes on Walnut?

I wandered in there yesterday and left feeling unimpressed and ripped off. What do you guys think? Just curious....

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I haven't tried it yet, but I'm curious to hear reviews.

On a related note, I was pleased with the snackies I picked up from La Panaderia on Neil recently, and the prices there are a good bit lower than Pekara and other downtown places (maybe lower overhead further from downtown?).

Double yum for La Panaderia!! Excellent, affordable, very nice people! I am giving the cupcake place a couple of weeks before I try them so they can work out the kinks as I have heard they were dry and not exactly enchanting. I agree with this blog post, the fad of cupcakes has officially jumped the shark.
http://www.sogoodblog.com/2008/04/15/its-time-to-shut-up-about-cupcakes/
And did you see the latest Alton Brown episode? He lampoons the trend of cupcake bakeries.

It *does* seem a little late to jump on the cupcake bandwagon -- it will be interesting to see how the place does. I agree that giving them a couple of weeks to iron out the kinks makes sense.

Expensive, yes, but so delicious! Best chocolate cupcake I've ever had!

I went on the first day. The shop is super cute. The owners seem nice. The cupcakes were drier than I would have liked.

This post made me want to have more cupcakes so I just went back and they were CLOSED! At 2:30 on a Wednesday. Thumbs down.

Well, the newspaper said they'd be open in the morning and in the evenings and for the bar/after-bar crowd. Mid-afternoon is probably when they need to rest.

I went on Sunday and thought it was great. The sign on the door said they closed at 7:00 on Sundays, which happened to be the exact time that we wandered in, but a lot of people were still there, so I went to the counter to ask if they were closing. The woman behind the counter was super-friendly and I sort of got from her the impression that anytime there were still customers after closing time, they would stick it out and stay open.

We each got a 12 ounce coffee and a big cupcake and I think the cost was under $5 apiece - pretty typical pricing for quality caffeine + confection in this town. My friend's cupcake was perfect (chocolate with caramel frosting). My frosting (butter-cream?) was perfect but the cupcake itself (red velvet) was a little dry. I suspect this was because it was nearing the end of its shelf-life - they were closing and thus weren't replenishing their stocks with more cupcakes. If it'd been made just an hour later I suspect it would have been perfect.

Oh - they get props from me because they also sell sweet liqueurs, kid cereal, and shots of chocolate milk.

I liked the idea...

I liked the idea and the owner until she went for image over substance. I understand that is trendy to do the cupcake bar and I at first helped to design the lighting which was very energy efficient. Then she changed her mind and with a far inferior lighting plan to save maybe $200 bucks. i still felt obliged to try her goods and support local business, so I tried her wares...That is when I realized that although it is a fun idea, the owner cares more for style than quality and in my opinion the cupcakes I had at Sweet Betsy's in Chicago were far superior in most every aspect than hers.

Re: I liked the idea...

Aah, yes. I noticed they had taken down their post in their blog about the recycled materials they were using (stools, etc.) and that sort of thing.

http://creamandflutter.blogspot.com/