Posted on | January 28, 2009 | 8 Comments
It’s been tough, but I’m making every effort to try all of the Cupcake shops here in Vegas. Hard work, indeed…
Okay, so the truth of the matter is that I LOVE cupcakes! When we first moved here there were NO cupcake shops. Coming from Sprinkles-land in LA, that was hard to take! Eventually the Cupcakery opened, and now there are a slew of other cupcake shops, including two in my neighborhood.
For cupcake shops, I’d place my favorites as a tie between Cupcake Lane and the Cupcakery. For non cupcake shops, Bouchon can’t be beat. I mean, come on, it’s the bakery of a celebrity chef, how could it be bad? Here’s all of the contenders:
Bouchon’s Red Velvet and Valhrona Chocolate cupcakes
Both cupcakes were awesome. The thing I loved about these cupcakes was that the frosting wasn’t super sugary sweet. The cake was extremely dense and quite moist in both, and the frostings were creamy, with the perfect amount of sweetness, and with just enough of it. The cupcakes are HUGE! They’re at least 30% larger than all of the others, and at $3.25 are priced the same as Mad Hatter’s Cupcakes, which weren’t half as good!
Cupcake Lane’s Red Velvet and Chocolate cupcakes
Both cupcakes were excellent. The frosting wasn’t overly sweet, and the cake was nice and moist in both, although not very dense. This was probably the most light and airy cake out of them all.
Cupcakery’s Southern Belle (red velvet), Cherrylicious, Peppermint Dream, and Oh My Gosh Ganache (chocolate ganache)
All of the cakes I’ve tried have been at least good, if not really good. The cake is always fresh, and the frostings are good, but some of them border on being TOO sweet. My all time favorite is their St. Patrick’s day cupcake, which has a Bailey’s Irish cream filling and is topped with a whipped mint frosting, which is half as sweet as m0st of their other frostings. It is SO delicious, I hope they consider adding it to their permanent menu!
Freed’s Chocolate and Vanilla cupcakes
I was a bit hesitant to eat these cupcakes, because they looked so… plain! The appearance reminded me of cupcakes you’d find at a supermarket. And I have a special place in my heart for Freeds, because they made my wedding cake four years ago, which was awesome! Despite the plain appearance, these cupcakes were really, really good. The cake was moist, and the frosting was, I believe, the same buttercream frosting that I had on my wedding cake, although whipped. Basically super buttery with just enough sugar. Really good! Freed’s also does special order cupcakes, so in all fairness, the cupcakes that I purchased from the bakery are probably not even their best:
Just Cupcakes’ chocolate, banana cream, chocolate mint, and Oreo cookie cupcakes
The cupcakes were decently good, but a bit dry, which was disappointing since I ate them shortly after purchasing them (ok, not ALL of them!). Maybe I went on a bad day. The frostings were a bit on the sweet side, and in general I don’t care to see things protruding out of cupcakes. Yes, I know I sound like a bit of a cupcake snob, but sometimes simple is better!
Mad Hatter’s Pink Lemonade, Red Velvet, Vanilla, and Peanut Butter cupcakes
The cake was moist, the frostings were good, and they are unique in that you can ‘make your own’ cupcake. In other words, if you so desire, you can pick every option from the cake to the frosting to the filling, as well as tons of edible and non edible toppings. It’s a cute concept! The bad side is that the cupcakes seem to be smaller than your average cupcake. And the price is WAY too expensive at $3.25 a cupcake!
Retro Bakery’s Hopscotch and Chocolate Fountain, Apple Cider, and Cinnamon cupcakes
If you love your cupcakes sweet and frosting heavy, this is definitely the place for you! When we first went here, my husband asked the owner “which cupcake isn’t too sweet?” and she replied “Oh, you’re in the WRONG place!” The cake was decently moist, but the frosting was just SO frikkin’ sweet, even I couldn’t eat all of it! And seriously, does a cupcake really have to consist 50% of frosting?