Chicago Cupcake Crawl

Mar 212011


Crêpes à Latte | Yellow Cupcake w/Strawberry Frosting

Yellow Cake with Strawberry Frosting

I keep finding cupcakes in unexpected locations. The latest find is at Crêpes à Latte, just off the Irving Park Brown Line stop. This little café bakes all their own goods daily. I’ve only tried one, but I’m impressed enough to go back.

The yellow cake was moist, sweet and didn’t need frosting. However, I’m glad it did because the strawberry frosting was perfect — without the metallic hint you can find in fruity frostings. My only complaint? Too many sprinkles add crunch, not interest.

Cupcakes are $2.49. Flavors vary.

Crêpes à Latte Crêpes à Latte
1840 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60613-2406
(773) 549-4444

Mar 102011

Cake Pops

Cake Pops

Starbucks turned 40 on Tuesday, and to celebrate they’ve released a line of new afternoon snacks to go along with their limited-edition anniversary Tribute Blend.

Miniature carrot cake and peanut butter cupcakes can be had for less than 200 calories each. In fact, all their treats — cake pops, whoopie pies, lemon squares, and salty caramel squares — are easy on the waistline.

They’re all delicious, but I especially like the birthday cake-flavored cake pops. The center is doughy with a nibble-y coating of frosting and sprinkles that tastes exactly like birthday cake. You don’t need a whole slice of cake after lunch, and this won’t ruin dinner later.

To extend the birthday fun, Starbucks is offering these snacks for free on March 10-12 from 2-5 p.m. with purchase of a beverage. If you can’t get there on those dates, they’re not that expensive — $1.50 each or two for $2.50. If you’re looking for a reason to pop into Starbucks, they make it hard to say no.

Free samples provided courtesy of Starbucks.

Feb 282011
Cinnamon & Sugar | Sprinkles

Cinnamon & Sugar cupcake from Sprinkles

I stopped into Sprinkles (50 East Walton) this weekend with a friend, and she ordered a Cinnamon & Sugar cupcake. We got into a raging debate about whether this was actually a cupcake. She argued that it was on the menu, so it must be. I argued that it didn’t have frosting, so it was a muffin.

What say you?