Friday, May 4, 2012

Crumbs VS. Sprinkles

I have had the pleasure to taste cupcakes from several different well known cupcake bakeries.  While in Beverly Hills this week, I made it a point to visit the first ever cupcake ATM at Sprinkles, just blocks from the well known Rodeo Drive.  On my walk to Sprinkles, I passed by Crumbs, which is also a well known cupcakery that started on the East Coast.  Crumbs was my first experience with the cupcake craze when my hubby's brother brought us a few of them when we were living in VA.  They were huge, sweet and came in all sorts of crazy flavors.  We decided to get a few from Crumbs and do a little comparison with Sprinkles, which I had only once prior to this visit.

From Crumbs, we went out on a limb and chose cupcakes that weren't the typical vanilla or chocolate.  We chose Chocolate Sundae, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Cup, and Apple Cobbler.  We then went to Sprinkles, where there was a line just to get into the cupcakery.  We decided to try the ATM, but it was having technical difficulties so back to the line we went.  Inside Sprinkles, we chose Cinnamon and Sugar, and Pumpkin cupcakes, as well as a Pupcake for my other child, Chanel, an Australian Shepherd. :)

We divided the cupcakes up and had a little taste from each one.  I will have to say, although Crumbs has tons of different flavors that are more unique to the cupcake world, the taste test for me had to go to Sprinkles.  I am not a fan of the overly sweet cupcake and the extra garnishes on the Crumbs extra large cupcakes was a bit much for me and the moistness of the cake wasn't quite as "there" as Sprinkles cupcakes.  In their defense however, I have had Crumbs Red Velvet cupcake while on a work trip to NYC and it was amazing. 

As for Sprinkles, their Pumpkin cupcake was so moist and paired with the cream cheese frosting, it tasted like a little piece of the fall all in a cupcake.  The Cinnamon Sugar cupcake, I didn't think I would like because the frosting is usually my favorite part of the cupcake, and this one didn't have any.  I was pleasantly surprised when the moistness of the cake was enough to not even need the frosting.  As for the Pupcake, I can't give my own personal opinion on that one, but I can tell you, it was gone in a minute flat :)

As for the price of the cupcakes, Sprinkles charges a whopping 3.50 per cupcake.  They are a little larger than the normal size cupcakes, and worth every penny.  Crumbs cupcakes run 3.95 per cupcakes but are significantly larger than the standard cupcake.  When we were in there, they were also running a special where you bought 3 cupcakes and got the 4th cupcake free :)

All in all, I am a cupcake fan, period, and I will continue to visit cupcakery after cupcakery until I can finally open my own :)  Like I saw on Pinterest:  You can't buy happiness but you can buy cupcakes.  And that's kind of the same thing ;) So true! 

Until next time,

Lacey Cakes