Sunday, February 17, 2013

Crumbs Bake Shop

Location: 303 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60606
                 Multiple locations in the city (one of the most popular is 2nd floor Water Tower Place Mall)
Crumbs Bake Shop on Urbanspoon

A Quick Word:
Crumbs Bake Shop is another one of those New York based cupcake shops that have now infiltrated the Chicago area.  With I believe 5 locations in Chicago, it has become more and more popular,a probably because their cupcakes LOOK the best.  I want to keep this simple... so in my opinion, these cupcakes cannot live up to their looks when concerning taste.  Dry and somewhat old tasting is all I need to say.  I was disappointed.  If you end up trying them out, let me know what you think.

What We Ate:

Cupcakes (see flavors below)

(In clockwise order, starting from top left:  
Coffee Toffee, Chocolate-covered Strawberry, S'mores, Half and Half)

For one of my friend's recent birthdays, we decided to try crumb's signature cupcakes as opposed to the typical birthday cake.  When you first see them, these cupcakes look incredible.  Each cupcake is a piece of artwork.  The cupcakes range in price from $3 to $5 depending on whether or not the cupcake is filled and also the complexity of the cupcake as a whole.  Some are more simple with sprinkles decorating the top while others are towering with graham crackers, marshmallows, or chocolate chips.  In terms of taste, these cupcakes were disappointing.  They were dry, making them extremely crumbly. To be honest, they just tasted somewhat old.  I know they offer smaller bite-sized cupcakes which may help keep them more moist.  There are dozens of flavor combinations... beyond what is listed on their website.  But just be careful because the cupcake's taste and consistency doesn't live up to their delicious looks.

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- I suggest ordering the miniature cupcakes.  This way you can try them all, and at the same time, hopefully they are more moist than the larger cupcakes.
- If you are looking for presentation... crumbs is definitely the best.  So if you want a beautiful cupcake that tastes OK, then definitely come here.

- Try some of the other local cupcake spots before heading to Crumbs.  This is the second time having them and the second time being disappointed.

How far would I walk for this food?

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