I was in Beverly Hills yesterday, so I couldn't resist dropping by the two local cupcake nerve centers, Sprinkles and Crumbs. A mere couple of blocks away from each other, these two tiny boutiques vie for the title of the most sought-after cupcake bakeries in the city - and judging by the line snaking out its door, Sprinkles has been doing something right.
In addition to Sprinkles's beautiful key lime cupcake, I decided to get the most chocolate-y cupcake at both places for a comparative study - namely the Dark Chocolate cupcake at Sprinkles and the Brownie Cupcake at Crumbs. Truth be told, I was disappointed by both: the texture was spongy, the taste was sugar more than chocolate, which I like rather bitter, and the frostings were so very sweet that I found them nauseating... Sigh.
(Pssst - for a real chocolate treat, go for RöckenWagner's chocolate muffin, with its dense texture and just the right balance of bitterness and sweetness - kind of like me...)