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Old 07-10-2014, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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I've seen pie shops popping up all over here. Like someone else mentioned, pretty soon we'll have "Pie Wars" and other shows on TV.
Fine by me. Life should be like on Twin Peaks, you should be able to get great pie and coffee everywhere you go.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:47 PM
 
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Some mentioned Krispy Kreme donuts....I never cared for them. What I thought was interesting was when
KK opened across Cafe Du Monde which has been making their beignets for 150 years (and has great
coffee). The people of New Orleans were loyal and KK lasted less than a year.
Someone bet good money that people would buy a Krispy Kreme donut over a plateful of Cafe Du Monde beignets hot from the fryer?

A fool and his money....
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:49 PM
 
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Fine by me. Life should be like on Twin Peaks, you should be able to get great pie and coffee everywhere you go.
I've always wondered why Starbucks didn't have wedges of pie. Seems like that would sell better than that case full of dry, stale pastries.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Not to mention High Fructose Corn Syrup. Ick! Not A Food Item!

There was a cupcake craze? We missed it entirely. We probably won't see pies, either, but we are off in the middle of nowhere. Don't think we have any donut shops, either, but we do have a malasada shop.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Not to mention High Fructose Corn Syrup. Ick! Not A Food Item!

There was a cupcake craze? We missed it entirely. We probably won't see pies, either, but we are off in the middle of nowhere. Don't think we have any donut shops, either, but we do have a malasada shop.
I have only been to Hawaii once. For a wedding. And my friend raved about malasadas. So when we got there, we went on a huge trek to find some. They were delicious. We had a 2 car-10 person caravan to get the malasadas.

Her aunts, friends, we loaded up on malasadas and poke, then went snorkeling!
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:13 PM
 
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and then there's paczki.
Paczki Recipe | Brown Eyed Baker
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Those specialty shops are ridiculous. Who would pay $4+ for a cupcake? No thanks. I'll buy myself a box of devils food cake mix and a container of chocolate frosting for $3 and have 12 cupcakes and enjoy every last bite of them
They don't cost $4 at the shops I've visited, and no offense, but IMO homemade (box) cupcakes are usually nasty... I have NEVER met a normal person who can recreate what the GOOD cupcake shops do, and if you think they're on par, I'm guessing the shops you've been to kinda suck. I have been to a few sucky ones myself, so you just have to find the better ones! Might be limited choices where you live, though.

I seriously wish there was such a thing as "taste-o-vision," so I could give you all a bite of those "Frost" cupcakes. You'd never claim homemade box cakes were their equal ever again, and would understand why I make a special stop there whenever I'm in the neighborhood.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Guess am rather old fashioned. When one wants cake or even cupcakes simply head to the kitchen and bake them myself. Ditto for muffins and other baked goods.
Not all of us are terrific bakers, and again, I've yet to meet ANYONE who can do what the better shops do. I've tried, and they always come out terribly! I'm not a bad baker, either, as my chocolate chip cookies are well-known (and loved) among my friends and colleagues... but there's just something about homemade/box cupcakes that I've never liked. And as a single person with no roommates, it's often wasteful - not to mention tempting - to bake up a whole pan of anything. I can take them to work, but then I'm basically paying (often more than I'd have paid for a few gourmet cupcakes) to feed my co-workers.

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One shouldn't eat that much carbs on a daily basis anyway and especially those such as cakes and cupcakes loaded with sugar and piled with more such as icings and toppings.
Well, obviously nobody should be eating cupcakes every day.

You can see I'm a fan of that one place, but I've only been there maybe 3-4 times in the last couple of years... and possibly other cupcake shops a few more times in that period. They don't depend on "regulars," at least not in bigger cities like mine, they depend on passersby and "after dinner crowds." That's why they're usually in central locations, near restaurants/bars/etc, or at food truck events. We have a weekly food truck event near my house, and there's always a cupcake one getting lots of attention.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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The frosting is the best part!
I know, right?? Anyone who would eat a frosting-less cupcake should be immediately executed... lol.

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I live by myself. Buying cupcakes once in a while is better than making a dozen and having half go bad! My sister doesn't like the same sort of cupcakes I do so I can't share. I didn't work at an office for 3 years, so I couldn't do the pawn off on my coworkers trick.

I don't like to bake anyway. I don't cook things that require exacting measurements.
We're totally on the same page, so maybe it's a (younger) single person thing... I work full time and live alone in a small-ish apartment, so baking is a rare event for me. Heck, even COOKING is a rarity! I try to eat relatively healthy, but still let other people (stores like Trader Joe's) do the cooking for me, and buy mostly single-serving prepared meals. When I do make something like a big pot of spaghetti, I either have to eat it for 3-4 meals straight, or accept that half will go in the garbage. I'm not into freezing leftovers, either, with a few exceptions.

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The Cupkates truck is awesome. Smores cupcake for the win!
Haven't tried them yet, AFAIK, so I'll have to keep an eye out! Wonder if they ever visit the food truck event near me? It's usually this other one called Fairy Cakes, and they're just meh.

Edit: Just checked their site, and it looks like they have a stop in Cupertino... that's on my way home from work, and they're open until JUST after I'm off (at 8:15ish). Mmmm.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:01 PM
 
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Default Frosting

[quote=gizmo980;35599054]I know, right?? Anyone who would eat a frosting-less cupcake should be immediately executed... lol.



I agree frosting is a very important part of the cupcake experience. A good frosting is buttercream based and the worst are those crackly dry sugary concoctions (more like icing, but worse). If the cupcake is going to be eaten immediately, then the BEST frosting is made out of chilled heavy whipped cream! Sometimes the cupcakes taste really good after they've been chilled in the refrigerator a bit, too.
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