For the fourth stop on my Los Angeles Cupcakes MeetUp group we headed to local catering company turned cupcake kitchen, Dainties, in West LA on Santa Monica Blvd. This spot was the winner of Best Cupcake by Los Angeles Magazine's Best of LA 2007 listing.
It was hard finding the place though because it's literally a pickup station out of their catering kitchen and hidden behind a shopping center. I circled around a few times thinking I had the wrong address. So unlike the other shops that we visited so far this isn't about the cutesy store and experience, but is more into serving the goods.
According to the boxes, "it's all about the cream" since all of their cupcakes are cream filled. Personally the icing, cream inside and on top is what I liked best here. They have 10 varieties available each day and include flavors like New York cheese cake, banana, strawberry, caramel and vanilla bean all topped in a thick chocolate ganache with cream on top. These cupcakes are more like cakes, a harder cake part than some places. Because of the fresh whipped cream, one of the shop's owners, Susan McAlindon, recommends that her cupcakes be refrigerated and says they can last for two days in the fridge. She also graciously greeted our large group of sixteen which overwhelmed her place and gave us some free samples. My favorite being the "Stupid Chocolate." The group though seemed to really like her banana cupcakes as well, but I didn't end up ordering one of those so I can't say.
Because there was no place to sit, we made the best of it and ate outside on a concrete wall and on some folding chairs that Zendi had in her car. She says Dainties is her favorite cupcake bakery so far and that she is going back for more.
Here's the owner with LA Cupcake member, Valerie, who was a hit with her own cupcake designed t-shirt available at her CafePress store (I might buy her apron).