3338 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.968329 -93.210043
Neighborhoods: University, Prospect Park
Eh- cute, but not that tastey – We were looking at purchasing 200 cupcakes for our wedding (used as centerpieces & cake). We were SO excited to come here, the cupcakes themselves are super pretty. But, ultimately, the taste is only so-so. Not worth nearly $3 per cupcake.
My fiance actually compared the taste as: "the same ones you could buy at CUB for 99 cents, but CUB's are better".
Cute place, good cupcakes, a little pricy – My roommate and I were very excited to try this place out as it seemed like a very unique place. We tend to like those. So, after church yesterday, we decided to check it out with some friends. When I walked in, I immediately noticed the atmosphere, which I liked. It was quirky, cute, and not too loud. Often in buildings shaped as this one, the voices carry so much that you feel like you're eavesdropping on everyone else. Not the case. It was a good place to sit and chat with some friends.
Atmosphere aside, I found the cupcakes to be very good. I got one red velvet and one peppermint patty flavored cupcake. I found them to be very good. The cupcakes themselves were fairly average. I'm a baker so I compared them to the best cakes and cupcakes I've made. They were a littler drier than I prefer but not crumbly or horrible. I just tend to love really most cake/cupcakes. The flavor was great, texture aside. The thing that one me over was the frosting! The cream cheese frosting on the red velvet was the best I've ever tasted--rich, decadent, and very creamy. I would've taken a couple spoonfuls of that and been happy enough. The peppermint patty was great too. It was a white, dense-yet-light peppermint flavor covered in hardened chocolate (like a peppermint patty only more melty). It was very enjoyable.
The prices were slightly steap costing $2.50 for the more elaborate cupcakes, so I wouldn't recommend going for all your baked good needs. However, it is worth the money every once in a while, especially if you like unique places. I will be recommending it to my friends.
Nasty and expensive – If you love expensive mayo filled sandwiches, and dry eggy cupcakes this is the place for you! I went there with a friend to celebrate my 30th birthday. It cost over 30 dollars for 2 sandwiches and 2 cupcakes! My sandwich came dripping in mayo. I took it back to the counter and the staff was upset that they had to re-make it sans mayo. They were rude when they brought it back to the table, slamming it down without a word.
When it was time to eat my cupcake, I fould out that at this place a coconut cupcake consists of a dry white cake with merang frosting. So disgusting and so expensive!
average and over priced – The wait at this place was out of this world--it was approximately noon on a tuesday and the line was out of the door,yet there was only one girl ringing at the register. It took forever to move the line! Besides that, the barista took a ludicrously long amount of time to make the three drinks in front of me and then mine. By the time I had a chance to order he had already had three minutes to make the three drinks in front of mine and then I waited well over five minutes to receive a very average latte. The tuna was good but the bread seemed old and the amount of tuna was minimal compared to the incredibly thick bread--my sandwich was 75% bread! All in all the ridiculously high prices are not worth the wait and mediocrity. I won't even bother going back to buy a cupcake.
Cupcake is no average coffee shop! – My beautiful wife and I really like Cupcake - and it is close to our house. You are always greeted with a smile, the place smells of perfectly baked breads and coffee. I can tell you their lattes are strong, frothy, and sublime. Not to mention the baked goods, or the open kitchen perfect for spying on the cooks, or the over-sized balloon whip door handles (you will see what I mean when you visit them). Check out Cupcake, you will be glad you did!
Hard to find parking, but cupcakes are worth it! – Parking is a nightmare at this establishment, but the cupcakes are worth it. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I purchased a iced mocha and a bakers choice dozen of cupcakes. They picked a great selection of their cupcakes, ranging from plain vanilla to chocolate cream pie. The only drawback was my order came to almost thirty dollars. The cupcakes are worth it for a special occasion, but I would probably buy individual cakes instead next time I have a craving for sweets. I was excited to find that they have lunch, dinner, and breakfast selections as well. I will absolutely return to try their fresh made soups and bread!
Best Cupcakes EVER – Best freaking cupcakes ever! Think rich colorful frosting and coconut. They look like something you would find in a Dr.Seuss book and taste like a chunk of heaven. The coffee is not that great, tastes burnt.
Hair in Soup! – After my important stop at Chocolat Celeste for Valentine's candy, I looked forward to stopping off quickly for a hot cup of soup and chunk of good bread to take back to the office. Imagine my disappointment when I took my first spoonful of soup and a long piece of hair with tomato chunks was dangling from my plastic spoon. I tried to call them 3x, but got disconnected each time. I also was counting on them for some Valentine's cupcakes, but you had to buy a box of 4 for $10. I have one sweetie; my husband .... not 4! You'd think that a bakery near the U would have individually decorated V cupcakes in the large and small sizes. I will be suspect of the hygiene of their employees from now on (I wonder if there will be a hair in the teeny cupcake I settled for :>( Remember when employees wore hair nets when they served food to the public? Maybe employees with shoulder-length hair should wear their hair in a ponytail or pinned up to protect the public from nasty loose hair. Oh well, at least I saved some calories on the soup and bread so I can indulge in a piece of decadent chocolate from Celeste!
A Cupcake Experience is a MUST! – Cupcake is the place you want to go to relax and enjoy the experience. It is a personal favorite among myself and my girlfriends as far as gossip catch-up time goes-- you can sit for as long as you want nursing your coffee as long as you want. Definitely make one of the best vanilla lattes I have ever had, and the cupcakes are moist and boast interesting flavors you won't find at any bakery. One of my favorite aspects is that you can watch the magic happen in the kitchen (nothing processed or stale here!) and the decor is enchanting and more than a little offbeat. People watching is also fun here seeing as all sorts from businessmen to women that feel not shaving their armpits is a statement to mother-daughter duos walk through the door.
Some reviews I read were complaining about the price- my response to this is, what's better??? Unless you are comparing it to fast food, a grocery store, or Super America, I don't know of many others. You would spend MUCH more for a meal, dessert, or coffee at any Starbucks or Caribou. Although it certainly isn't cheap, if you are looking for an experience, you shouldn't be counting pennies anyways.
Money Hungry – The only thing this place has going for it is their desire to make money. It is way too expensive for a place where you order at the counter and bus your own dishes. Just for a typical cup of soup and salad be prepared to spend around $10 or more and this is with out something to drink. It is hard to find parking and defiantly not worth the trip. I do not recommend this establishment. Defiantly not a place for a starving college student.
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