Since yesterday was such a nice day, we walked from Penn Station to the theatre on 45th St. On the way there, I spotted a cupcake shop, right on Broadway. I convinced my mother that we had to stop on the way home to get cupcakes. We almost missed it on the way back, having somehow gone a block up and walking along 7th Ave, and considered stopping at Baked By Melissa in the Fashion District. However, it was glitzy and glamorous and I just had my heart set on the slightly homier feel of the bake shop on Broadway. I'll save Baked By Melissa for another time.
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The customer service was excellent. The girl behind the counter was helpful and friendly, and didn't try to rush us even though we took our time deciding.
|They got a bit jostled on the train ride home, but they still look pretty!|
Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, decorated with white sprinkles and red velvet cake crumbs. These days, everyone has a red velvet recipe. The one at Crumbs is fantastic. I'd prefer a little more cocoa flavor, but that's a personal preference. The cream cheese frosting had a very mild flavor, and isn't too sweet, which is usually my problem with it. I'd definitely buy this flavor again.
Yellow cake with a caramel filling, topped with coffee frosting and toffee bits, and drizzled with more caramel. Holyohmigoodness yum. It sounds tooth-achingly sweet, doesn't it? It ends up being just sweet enough. The yellow cake is delicious, and the coffee frosting is not very sweet which balances the sweetness of the caramel and the toffee bits. This was our favorite flavor.
Peanut Butter Cup
Chocolate cake, with peanut butter filling and frosting, decorated with peanut butter cups, chocolate chips and chopped peanuts. This cupcake was crazy rich. You definitely need a glass of milk with this one. I'm not usually a chocolate cake fan, but I did like this. But not a cupcake I could even imagine finishing on my own. Definitely good for peanut butter and chocolate fans.
Chocolate cake with a chocolate filling and mint frosting, decorated with chocolate chips. Not my favorite, but a good choice for chocolate lovers. I could have used a little more mint flavor. A mint chocolate filling would have made this for me. An overall good cupcake, just a bit of chocolate overload.
Yellow cake with chocolate filling, vanilla frosting mixed with cookie crumbs, topped with a chocolate chip cookie. I have to say, this cupcake had me the most disappointed. I expected to be wowed, and I wasn't. The frosting was too sweet, and I was missing its cookie dough namesake. The cake itself is excellent, but I'd have preferred it without the filling, and with plain vanilla frosting. Not a flavor I'd buy again.
Traditional carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and decorated with chopped walnuts. I don't like carrot cake, so my family tested this, and the result was an overwhelming meh. They said it was okay, but not the best. It was boring and slightly dry (!!!), with too many raisins and walnuts, and not enough cake. I didn't believe my ears when they called it dry, but the three of them all agreed. The frosting is the same as on the red velvet, and they had mixed reactions. My brother liked it, my mother liked it, but said mine was better, and my father wasn't a fan.
Overall, I'd rate Crumbs Bake Shop an A-. Two of the flavors we tried were outstanding, two were great, and the two duds were still okay cupcakes. I would definitely go back there, and I'd definitely recommend it. Tasty cupcakes for a good price, and good customer service? What more can you ask for?