To-Go: Short and Sweet Reviews

It’s finally here … a delectable cupcake to-go box of reviews! For those cupcake eaters that are busy, busy, busy (but in the best way of course).

Rating System:

After much consideration, we have decided that a scale of sprinkles would be the most appropriate form for rating cupcake eateries.

5 sprinkles = The Cupcake Gang’s highest and most coveted honor

4 sprinkles = Delectable, but not quite up to perfection

3 sprinkles = Fine — we may eat it again, but not if we’re in the mood for greatness

2 sprinkles = Does not appreciate the art that is cupcake eating

1 sprinkle = A shame to cupcake eating society

Each cupcake eatery will be rated largely based on two categories: the cupcake itself and the atmosphere of the cupcake eatery.

Within the “cupcake” section the categories are: cake, frosting and presentation, along with an overall comment on the cupcake.

Within the “atmosphere” section the categories are: service (which includes wait-time and friendliness of staff) and seating (which will not be rated, but will indicate availability), along with an overall comment on the atmosphere.

Now we may begin the short-and-sweet reviews; however, as always, if you are in the mood savoring the experience of The Cupcake Gang’s adventures feel free to look at the longer post. Enjoy!

Cupcake Eateries:

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Cupcake
Average Cost: $2.50
Cake: 1.5 sprinkles
Frosting: 4 sprinkles
Presentation: 3 sprinkles
Overall: Worth it? Eh (meaning: non-enthusiastic).

Atmosphere
Service: 3 sprinkles
Seating: Limited (very limited)
Overall: Get it to-go (if you even have time to wait in line!).

Cupcake Cafe

Cupcake Cafe

Cupcake
Average Cost: $3.00
Cake: 4 sprinkles
Frosting: 4.5 sprinkles
Presentation: 4 sprinkles
Overall: These cupcakes were hearty and fun. Much appreciated.

Atmosphere
Service: 4 sprinkles
Seating: Available
Overall: Stay in and eat the cupcake with your fellow cupcake eating buddies. There’s even a children’s bookstore attached!

Crumbs

Crumbs

Cupcake
Average Cost: $3.25
Cake: 3 sprinkles
Frosting: 3 sprinkles
Presentation: 4 sprinkles
Overall: Crumbs is the best for its specialty cupcakes — so get those.

Atmosphere
Service: 4 sprinkles
Seating: Available
Overall: A nice arena for sitting down and savoring the cupcake.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Cupcake
Average Cost: 12 for $4.99
Cake: 0.5 sprinkles
Frosting: 1 sprinkle
Presentation: 2 sprinkles
Overall: Get it for a large party where there are other desserts present.

Atmosphere
Service: 3 sprinkles
Seating: Available
Overall: Get it to stay or go — that is the beauty of Whole Foods.

Billy’s Bakery

Billy's Bakery

Cupcake
Average Cost: $2.50
Cake: 3 sprinkles
Frosting: 3 sprinkles
Presentation: 4 sprinkles
Overall: A nice cupcake in general.

Atmosphere
Service: 4 sprinkles
Seating: Limited
Overall: A fun place to be, but horrendous for seating when busy (which is most of the time) — so take it to-go.

Butter Lane

Cupcake
Average Cost: $3.00
Cake: 3 sprinkles
Frosting: 4.5 sprinkles
Presentation: 4 sprinkles
Overall: Interesting mix-and-match choices, but a little expensive for the size.  But it’s organic!

Atmosphere
Service: 4 sprinkles
Seating: Very limited
Overall: Nice digs, but not for family-style table eatin’!

Tonnie’s Minis

Cupcake
Average Cost: 4 for $8.50
Cake: 4 sprinkles
Frosting: 4.5 sprinkles
Presentation: 2.5 sprinkles
Overall: These cupcakes look like third period history class, but taste like after-school cartoons!

Atmosphere
Service: 4.5 sprinkles
Seating: Available
Overall: It’s got internet, folks!

Rocco’s Pastry Shop

Cupcake
Average Cost: $2.50
Cake: 3 sprinkles
Frosting: 3.5 sprinkles
Presentation: 2.5 sprinkles
Overall: One could tell that Rocco’s is not known for its cupcakes…’nuff said.

Atmosphere
Service: 2.5 sprinkles
Seating: Only for the Restaurant Eaters
Overall:  Busy + Crowd = No time to muse over the fine task of choosing one’s cupcakes.

Babycakes

Cupcake
Average cost: $3.95
Cake: 1.5 sprinkles
Presentation: 3 sprinkles
Overall: The search continues for a satisfying spelt cupcake.

Atmosphere
Service: 2 sprinkles
Seating: The stoop outside was quite inviting.
Overall: Not the best.

Tulu’s Gluten-Free Bakery

Cupcake
Average cost: $3.00
Cake: 2 sprinkles
Presentation: 3.5 sprinkles
Overall: Average cake, but it has a great texture and greater frosting!

Atmosphere
Service: 2 sprinkles
Seating: 3 sprinkles
Overall: Only one row of chairs, and not many staff-people at the counter, but a happy warm atmosphere nonetheless.

Spot Dessert Bar

Cupcake
Average Cost: $3.00
Cake: 2.5 sprinkles
Frosting: 4 sprinkles
Presentation: 4 sprinkles
Overall: The taste didn’t live up to the tantalizingly interesting flavors

Atmosphere:
Service: 3 sprinkles
Seating: Available
Overall: Stay in for sit-down service (Très romantique)

Sweet Revenge

Cupcake
Average Cost: $3.50
Cupcake: 4 sprinkles
Frosting: 4.5 sprinkles
Presentation: 4.5 sprinkles
Overall: Quite refined cupcakes, for a more sophisticated experience

Atmosphere:
Service: 4 sprinkles
Seating: Available
Overall: There are tables and bar seating (but sit at the bar if you’re just ordering cupcakes)

Little Cupcake Bakeshop

Cupcake
Average Cost: $3.00
Cupcake: 4 sprinkles
Frosting: 4.5 sprinkles
Presentation: 4.5 sprinkles
Overall: One of the more interesting cupcake-frosting conglomerations. An enjoyable experience!

Atmosphere:
Service: 3 sprinkles
Seating: Available
Overall: It was a busy night, but our hefty group of five was able to sit in the quaint bakeshop

To be fair, we didn’t know we were being filmed.

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