The first thing I noticed when entering the shop though was the huge sizes of the cupcakes on display. I’m also a fan of diverse flavors and Crumbs did not disappoint with large cupcakes for $3.75 in varieties that included key lime, blueberry cobbler, pina colada, banana split, cookie dough, Boston cream, caramel apple, pistachio, hostess, carrot cake, fluffernutter and so many more. My favorite though is the Raspberry Swirl, which is a vanilla cake with raspberry jam swirled inside it and on top of the frosting. Yum.
Later the owner, Harley Bauer, introduced himself and so generously wow’d us all further by giving our group 20 free regular sized cupcakes to try. So with a handful of forks, napkins and drinks, the 18 of us headed to a nearby outside seating area in front of a Wells Fargo to try them all. Overall, everyone was saying that Crumbs was now their favorite stop yet and I found it hard to disagree after eating the creamy, massive and inventive cupcakes. It seemed that people especially liked their pumpkin and raspberry swirl.
Harley also mentioned that they plan to open a total of five Crumbs stores throughout the Los Angeles area! In response to mentioning that he had a friendly staff, Harley said that he had wanted Crumbs to be the exact opposite of nearby Sprinkles (only two blocks away) meaning that hewanted Crumbs to be a "fun experience" for eaters. With the fun decorations and knowledgeable and welcoming staff it didn’t have the sterile or pretentious look of Sprinkles, so I’d say that so far he’s succeeding.
I brought home some leftovers for Raphael and he said they were the best ones that I've brought back since starting the group and considering that all he had this time was some crumbs (no pun intended) and half eaten cupcakes, that's pretty impressive. I need to go back and try the key lime and pina colada (more photos).
Which bakery in your area has the best cupcake dessert recipe? Oftentimes the best cup cake recipes come from bakers who love sweets and know how to make great treats. The biggest cupcake lovers even turn festive cupcakes into traditional Christmas food!