These last few weeks have been insane-balls at my real life job. I'm not even sure what time zone I'm in right now. (exaggeration for dramatic effect) But with bi-coastal travel comes responsibility to my blog-readers for finding and sampling the cupcakes of the world, or in this case: Santa Monica.
SaMo is one of my favorite places. Everything there is pretty - it's 70 degrees all the time, everyone is a health nut so yoga is found on every corner, and farmers markets abound all year long. Plus, it sits right on the Pacific Ocean - one minute you're in a hustling little downtown with cute shops and the next minute you're frolicking barefoot on a beach. Not bad. Not bad a'tall.
And with all the working out comes need for small rewards. Enter: Yummy Cupcakes, Santa Monica. Yummy Cupcakes actually has two other locations in Southern California, one in Burbank and a new one in Brentwood - which may not be open quite yet. And one international location in Istanbul (??reallly??) Their website promises more locations opening soon around the country including NYC, to which I will bare the $15 train ride during my time of the month. Don't judge.
So what's so special about Yummy that they won Best Cupcakes in Los Angeles, 2011? I can't say for sure but if I were voting, I'd say the "whippy buttercream" - oh and staggering over 400 flavors of cupcakes! On this trip I had the Chocolate Chocolate. Not fancy or pretentious - ok - not as pretentious as me, but ridiculously good. And I got to taste my friend's chocolate with vanilla frosting, and mango lime chili & salt. Hand to God, I will master the art of the whippy frosting. I'm particular about frosting - otherwise it's just a little piece of cake - the frosting makes it! And this is the best texture of frosting that has ever graced my tongue. Yummy Cupcakes takes frosting to a new level. And the moist and flavorful cake part? - it's like a bonus that the cake part is even good! Finally, way to go on the size of the cupcakes - they are big - bigger than standard but not quite jumbo, although jumbos and minis are also available. Other fun note: they have a gluten free menu, make cupcakes in a jar, and have other treats like cupcake piesTM (think whoopie-like), and frosting bon bons. And IMHO, no cupcake shop is complete without some type of merch - so the aprons, plates, kitchen towels, etc, all have a place to call a temporary home.
I oddly don't have a picture of my cupcake - it didn't last long. But here are a few I snapped in the store.