Restaurant Review: Crumbs Bake Shop

I’ve been waiting to write my review of Crumbs Bake Shop because I didn’t want you to know that I had fallen for all the cupcake hype. After all, I am a grandma. And grandmas are really in the business of providing cupcakes for their loved ones. So a store that sells cupcakes did not make a lot of sense to me. In fact, I felt a little threatened.

But, I’m here to report that gourmet cupcakes are here to stay, and so are grandmas.

I am not ashamed to admit that the difference between a cupcake that a grandma makes and a cupcake baked by Crumbs is quality verses quantity. Having a Crumbs cupcake is an experience that requires your full attention. You should not have a Crumbs cupcake while watching television, and certainly not while driving in the car. It should be shared among friends and family and talked about while you enjoy it.

I dare say that Crumbs cupcakes are wasted on children, which surprises me, because I used to think of cupcakes as being an unsophisticated treat. But really, these cupcakes are little gourmet cakes, with all the imagination that goes into a fancy cake smushed into a small package.

After some consideration, I opted for the Blackout Chocolate cupcake, which has rich chocolate covered with fudge and vanilla custard. You really cannot go wrong with custard. And I loved it! I loved the cake, the fudge and especially the custard. I took my time over it, and had a wonderful experience.

An important thing to remember about enjoying a fancy cupcake is that you are allowed to be messy. I had plenty of napkins, which is typical of me. Also, a spoon helps. So pick your favorite flavor, spread out your napkins and dig in!

I no longer feel threatened by the cupcake trend. There will always be room for grandmas and the cupcakes they bake with love–and sometimes, it’s true, from a mix–but there is also plenty of room for delicious new gourmet treats.

Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going back to Crumbs because I cannot stop thinking about gourmet cupcakes!

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