My Little Cupcake opened about a month ago and cvc says the cakes are top-notch in quality, and presented with as much creative flair as at Sprinkles. Reese’s peanut butter and Bugs Bunny chocolate cupcakes are standouts; there are also fresh-fruit specials depending on availability, like blueberry, or fig cupcake with goat cheese frosting.
Hotcakes is a new bakery in West L.A.; it’s run by a Frenchwoman, yet turns out classic American cupcakes, along with French pastries. (Their stuff is also available at the newish Mar Vista farmers’ market.) On a quest for red velvet, Dommy! found theirs to be dense but not dry. You can definitely taste the cocoa that’s supposed to give the cake its color, along with the red food coloring.The cream cheese frosting is finger-lickin’ good.
The red velvet cupcakes at SusieCakes, a relative newcomer, are knockouts–they’re kid-sized but super flavorful and so moist that they practically melt in your mouth. Frosting is scant and not too sweet, but not too flavorful either.
Considering that most of the cupcakes from Sprinkles are way too sweet and short on flavor, red velvet is probably their best kind. Their red velvet has an airy, tender texture.
Doughboys has a red velvet mini-cake. The frosting is the best part, with a distinct cream cheese tang, and the cake is good but not great. It lacks a little something in the flavor department.
Says Pei, “The cupcakes at Buttercake are good: fluffy, not too sweet, and entirely un-fancy. But the red velvet is the only one I buy anymore because it stands out as the best. I love the tangy sourcream frosting, and the chocolate seems more intensely flavored and lighter in texture than the regular chocolate.” And let’s not forget their irresistible chocolate drop cookies–soft and gooey inside, like an underbaked brownie, with a crackly crust and fresh walnuts.
Bluebird’s red velvet cake is heaven, says slacker–so tender it’s quivering, plus a generous amount of appropriately cream-cheesy frosting.
The quality seems to vary, but when Auntie Em’s is on, their red velvet cupcakes are just like a Southern mom’s–huge, moist and beautiful, with heaps of cream cheese frosting. But on their off days, the cakes can be dry and dreary.
Don’t bother with red velvet at Yummy Cupcakes. The margarita cupcakes, on the other hand, are killer, says jackattack, with a slam-bang lime buttercream.
My Little Cupcake [East San Fernando Valley]
11925 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
Hotcakes Bakes [Culver City-ish]
formerly Westside Bakery
4119 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles
Mar Vista Farmers Market [Beaches]
Grand View Blvd., between Venice and Pacific, Los Angeles
SusieCakes [Wealthy Westlands]
11708 San Vicente, at Barrington, Los Angeles
Sprinkles Cupcakes [Beverly Hills]
9635 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Doughboys [Fairfax Village]
8136 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles
Buttercake Bakery [Wealthy Westlands]
10595 W. Pico Blvd., East of Overland, Los Angeles
Blue Bird Bakery [Culver City-ish]
8572 National Blvd., Culver City
Auntie Em’s Kitchen [Eagle Rock]
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles
Yummy Cupcakes [East San Fernando Valley]
2918 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank
New Mar Vista Farmer’s Market!
The Tale of Four Red Velvets: Sprinkles, Doughboys, Hot Cakes and Susie Cakes