The next morning on the kitchen counter, I find a large brown paper shopping bag with this sticker on it.
Velvet Rouge, a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. The menu said "with a hint of cocoa." It must've been a really subtle hint because I couldn't taste the cocoa. But the cupcake was moist and not too sweet, balanced by the sweetness in the cream cheese frosting.
Clockwise, Banana Bonbon, banana cupcake with chocolate frosting. Mmm.
Tour De Carotte, carrotcake with cream cheese frosting. The carrotcake was studded with walnuts and raisins, just the way I like 'em!
Chai Latte, lightly spiced vanilla cake with chai tea infused buttercream frosting.
The cupcakes were just sweet enough without being overpowering. The frostings were a perfect foil for the flavor of each cake, and sweeter but not toothache sweet.
Other flavors on the menu included Van Gogh Vanilla, vanilla cupcake with vanilla-almond frosting; Chocolat, sour cream chocolate cupcake; Parisian Peanut Butter, chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting; and La Coconut, vanilla or chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting dipped in coconut.
A regular-sized cupcake, which is slightly smaller than the standard muffin-tin, is $2.75. Mini size is $1.50.
Le Cupcake began in 2003 in the Washington, D.C. area by Robyn Savage who delivered them door-to-door -- the White House, the Justice Department, and a Senator's Office doors that is. Le Cupcake opened inside the Santa Monica Place Mall last fall.
Are we cupcaked out?
Is there room for yet another cupcake shop in SoCal?
Dunno, but there's always room in my belly for carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
Lots of room.
I got my brother back for eating that first piece of red velvet.
That's right, I ate all of the carrotcake.
Santa Monica Place Mall
3 Santa Monica Pl.
Santa Monica, CA 90401