I admit that my adoration of cupcakes is so 2006, but alas, I cannot control my affections. My heart will let go when it’s good and ready.
After checking out a potential wedding venue in Santa Monica, The Astronomer and I swung into Yummy Cupcakes to refuel—wedding planning is an electrolyte zapper.
With a partially open kitchen and functional concrete flooring, Yummy Cupcakes has more of an industrial feel than the cutesy, pretty-in-pink vibe that characterizes most cupcakeries. The selection of cupcakes available on the Friday afternoon we visited was extensive, with new flavors coming out of the kitchen on a regular basis. However, my favorite combination of vanilla cake and chocolate frosting was disappointingly MIA even though it was listed on the chalkboard menu.
Since The Astronomer isn’t mad for cupcakes like I am, I had the liberty of choosing both flavors. I selected a mandarin orange cupcake ($2.75) from the daily specials menu and an Old School cupcake ($3) from the standard menu.
The mandarin orange cupcake was comprised of a vanilla bean cupcake baked with bits of mandarin oranges and frosted abundantly with a mandarin orange buttercream. The Astronomer and I appreciated how both the cake and the frosting were infused with bright citrus notes. The pieces of real fruit in the cake added a nice touch as well. Our only qualm with this cupcake was the ratio of frosting to cake—a quarter of the frosting ended up in the garbage can.
Inspired by Hostess Cup Cakes, the Old School consisted of a chocolate cupcake piped with fresh whipped cream and topped with chocolate ganache. The Astronomer and I had mixed feelings about whether or not this cupcake was a winner. On one hand, Yummy Cupcakes successfully mimicked a Hostess Cup Cake. On the other hand, Hostess Cup Cakes contain some pretty gnarly ingredients and lack deep chocolaty flavor. I would’ve declared the Old School a success had Yummy Cupcakes taken artistic liberty and boosted the amount of cacao in the cupcake.
Sprinkles Cupcakes > Dots Cupcakes > Vanilla Bake Shop > Crumbs Bake Shop > Auntie Em’s Kitchen > Yummy Cupcakes > Violet’s Cakes.
313 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401