Our loot which included the obligatory Red Velvet
Most of you would already know, that I am quite a cupcake fanatic. And like I've mentioned a couple of times before, in every city that I travel to, I would try my best to suss out a good cupcake place. It need not be the
best, but I will try to find out which ones are the favorites amongst the locals.Sprinkles cupcakes
is said to be the pioneer
behind the cupcake craze. It all started at this store in Beverly Hills, and was made popular by celebrities and I believe, it was featured on Oprah. B.T's brother, who is quite a foodie and usually our local food guide in the States, agreed that it was up to standards - better than the renowned Magnolia over at NYC. When I first tasted the Magnolia cupcakes, I was blown away. The frosting is really good but the actual cake isn't as good and moist as the rest. And as blogged before, on my list, Georgetown Cupcakes
still rates top on my list. For those that took my recommendation and tried it out, agreed on the verdict too :P
Back to Sprinkles, we trooped over and as expected, there was a queue - just like any other popular place. Undaunted, we joined the queue which didn't take us too long to reach to the front. The first cupcake that I will always order is a Red Velvet - it's my standard of comparison. We ordered a few others like caramel apple, limonata and chocolate. Price wise, it's the usual. It's typically USD$3-4 in the States but the size of the cupcake is decent and the frosting authentic.
As we were all too stuffed up from the huge brunch that we had prior to walking over, we decided to save these lovelies for later. We walked around, did some shopping and sights before landed up at Old Town at a friend's place. Unlike the Georgetown Cupcakes where the frosting collapsed by the time I brought it back to the hotel (given that it was over 80F in D.C then), the frosting of Sprinkles held its shape. That was a plus. In terms of taste, it definitely rates high and it's true to the flavors but a tad too sweet.
It's definitely worth a try if you happen to be in Chicago. I can't quite decide if Sprinkles or Magnolia is better because I think Magnolia has a better frosting but the cake quality at Sprinkles is better. Overall, Georgetown Cupcakes still maintains number one of my list of best cupcakes :)
P.S I did check out another cupcake place in Chicago which happened to be owned by a friend's friend and the owner has even been invited to the White House because of her cupcakes! It'll be coming up soon :)Sprinkles Cupcakes
50 East Walton Street
+1 (312) 573 1600
Opens Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm, Sun, 10am-6pm( Collapse )