I really wanted to like the cupcakes from Buttercake Bakery in West Hollywood. The quaint little shop has a simple, fresh and sweet feeling with its white interior and colorfully iced cupcakes.
The first bite, however, repelled me with its saccharine icing. It was so sugary in fact, that my mouth actually grimaced. Like Magnolia's cupcakes, it tastes like they dumped a box of powered sugar onto a mound of bland butter and mashed it all around. Now don't get me wrong, there is truly no better marriage then that of butter and sugar, but proportions and flavors need to be observed when it comes to frosting, like a sprinkle of salt or a teaspoon of vanilla.
The cake part itself is very tall, another draw-back for me as I prefer manageably sized cakes to sink my teeth into.
That all said, they're reasonably priced at $2.25 a pop (75 cents for the minis, which seem popular) and they're cute enough that they'd work for festive gatherings where the focus is not on the cupcakes.
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