Cupcakes are hot, hot, hot
I have glanced through the Cupcake Cookbook and was a little disappointed. With all the loveliness of the cupcakes they create there are very few photos. Talk about missing out on a great opportunity to showcase one's product.
The recipes in the book are not getting rave reviews and they seem to me to be a little on the "overly buttery" side...
But, the cafe has inspired the cupcake to come out from it's Hostess history and break free into it's own delightful place in the world of desserts.
Los Angeles has a few places that want to give the Cupcake Cafe a run for their money here on the "left coast" . I have not personally taste tested, else I would never be able to fit into my clothes, but if you have a chance to venture out...look for:
Leda's Bake Shop
13722 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA - Mod. Mini. Marvelous. Flavors such as espresso buttercream, chocolate raspberry and carrot with blood orange filling have patrons emptying display cases long before closing.
Joan's on Third
8350 W Third St, Los Angeles, CA - Creamy coconut confections for the cupcake-aholics.
9635 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA - Apparently cupcakery bakery to the stars. 20 mouthwatering kinds including pumpkin and peanut butter and chocolate.
Back Door Bakery
1710 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA - If you love Hostess cupcakes, you'll love their humongous homemade treats with modern takes such as raspberry filling and white chocolate frosting swirls.
Auntie Em's Kitchen
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA - Large red velvet and coconut cupcakes. Lines form up for them.